There’s nothing better than finding your dream home and discovering it comes with a beautiful brick fireplace. You can already imagine how the heat of a warm, cozy fire will feel when you’re relaxing by the hearth on a chilly day.

However, most of the time, your fireplace will need a little work to get it looking just the way you want it. In this article, we’re going to go through everything you need to know how to paint a brick fireplace.

Supplies You’ll Need For Painting A Brick Fireplace 

Before you start on painting your brick fireplace make sure you have the following. 

Tools You Need:

  • Stiff Wire Brush
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Sponge
  • Cloth Or Old Towel
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint Roller
  • Dust Sheets (For Protection)
  • Safety Goggles
  • Gloves

Materials You Need:

Or, you can check out our paint kit that includes everything you need.

If you’re not looking to spend ages in a shop, one of the easiest things to do is to get hold of Brick Anew’s brick fireplace paint kits. These come with all the brushes and paint materials you need for painting a brick fireplace and to transform it into a stunning room feature. 

How To Paint a Brick Fireplace: Step-By-Step

Now you have all the tools and materials in place, it’s time for us to show you how to paint a brick fireplace. Here are the 6 steps you need to go through:

  1. Protect the area
  2. Brush down the fireplace
  3. Wash the brick before painting
  4. Apply basecoat/primer
  5. Paint the brick – with specialist brick fireplace paint
  6. Paint the mantel

Step 1: Protect the rest of the room

Using your drop cloth or an old sheet, make sure the floors beneath the fireplace are protected. Cleaning your fireplace can be a messy affair and you don’t want any damage done to the floors, especially if you have carpeting in your home. 

If you have any furniture that’s near the fireplace, you should also ensure that they are protected. The best thing to do is to remove them from the room entirely. However, if this is not an option, use more drop cloths and sheets to cover the furniture up. 

Finally, you also want to make sure that the paintwork stays within the parameters you want. To make sure paint does not get onto the surrounding walls, use painter’s tape to clearly demarcate where the paint job should end. This will ensure there is a clean, straight line between the fireplace and the walls to the side of it. 

Step 2: Brush down your brick fireplace

Before you get going on painting your brick fireplace, you need to make sure all the debris is out of the way. Excess dirt on the bricks will get caught in the paint and lead to uneven paintwork. 

To start the cleaning process, use a stiff wire brush to remove any of the larger bits of dirt like cobwebs or bits of soot. This will help to make sure you work on a smooth surface and that your paintwork turns out even. 

After you have used the wire brush, you can go over the brickwork again with a vacuum cleaner for any stubborn stragglers. Make sure you put in some extra elbow grease when cleaning out the crevices in between the bricks as this is usually where most of the dirt collects.

cleaning soot from fireplace

Step 3: Wash the brick before painting your brick fireplace

After removing all the debris with your wire brush, make sure you use a good cleaner for the finer bits of debris. Brick Anew’s fireplace cleaner is the perfect solution to use. Using a fireplace cleaner will prevent any discoloration in the paintwork caused by dirt. Simply spray the solution onto the bricks and use a cloth, an old towel, or a large sponge to scrub down the brick. After you have scrubbed the bricks enough, use fresh water to rinse off the fireplace cleaner. 

After you clean your fireplace, the bricks will likely be slightly damp. When you’ve finished this part of the process, make sure you give your fireplace between one and two hours to dry. If you paint on wet brick it may leave streak marks which you don’t want. 

surface cleaning fireplace

Step 4: Apply the base coat or primer to your fireplace

Once your fireplace has dried sufficiently, start your painting process by using Brick Anew’s fireplace brick base coat. The priming effect of the base coat will ensure that the color of your fireplace pops and also provides a smooth surface for the final paintwork. 

Finally, adding a primer will prevent any of those stubborn soot stains from shining through the final coat.

Use a paint roller to apply the primer to the larger surfaces of the fireplace. If you have a ceiling-to-floor brick fireplace, use the paint roller extension to reach higher sections. To make sure your fireplace is fully coated, use a paintbrush to get into the corners and the crevices of the brickwork. 

Once you have applied enough coats of the primer all over the fireplace, leave this to dry overnight.  

Step 5: Paint your brick fireplace

Once the primer is dried and you are happy with the number of primer coats, you can start applying the paint to your brick fireplace. Brick Anew’s fireplace paint kits come in an array of colors and a complete guide on how to use the products correctly to ensure you get a professional paint look. 

The tools in the kit are paint brushes and roller brushes for all areas of your brick fireplace. The easy-to-follow DVD program will show you all the right steps to take when painting the brick fireplace. 

Once you have finished painting, leave the paintwork to dry overnight and assess whether or not you need another coat of paint. If you are happy with the paintwork and don’t have a mantelpiece, you can pack away your tools and materials. 

Step 6: Painting the mantel

It’s common practice for households to use the mantelpiece of their fireplaces to keep items like books, ornaments, photographs, and paintings on them. You, therefore, also want to make sure that this section of the fireplace is well-designed to complement your brand-new-looking fireplace. 

Always use paint that will complement the color scheme of the fireplace so that they do not clash. The safest thing to do is to use the same color on the mantel as the rest of the fireplace, although using different complementary colors here will add a unique flair. 

After painting the mantel, make sure you allow it to dry and check whether or not it needs another coat afterward. If you’re happy with the overall look of your painted brick fireplace, pack away all your paint and tools and enjoy your new space! 

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of paint do you use on a brick fireplace?

When painting your brick fireplace, you have to make sure you use paint that is appropriate for interior brick surfaces. Using the right paint will prevent unwanted occurrences like flaking or chipping. Make sure you speak to a professional about the right type of paint to use for your brick fireplace and ensure you get the right products. 

Is painting a brick fireplace a good idea?

Painting a brick fireplace is a great idea if you want to upgrade your home’s interior design. It’s a great way to give the room a fresh, new look, and painting your fireplace is a great do-it-yourself project for you and the family to help out with. If you have all the right safety and protective equipment, painting your brick fireplace is a relatively easy undertaking. 

What is the best color to paint a brick fireplace?

Most people think that simply painting over your bricks in any color you want will give them the desired effect. However, there are specific paints and painting techniques that work a lot better than others.

Brick Anew’s paint kits give you the same look you would get from a professional without having to fork out thousands for them to do it for you. They’re easy to use and come with a step-by-step guide on how to use them to get the most out of the kit.

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