Paint Your Brick Fireplace To Complement The Surrounding Decor

by Claude Walters

Improve the appearance of your brick fireplace by painting it a color that complements the surrounding decor. Once you have completed this project, your fireplace will stand out and be the focal point in the room where it is located.

Use The Following Items

  • mild detergent
  • sponge
  • scrub brush
  • vinegar
  • bucket of warm water
  • painters tape
  • plastic sheeting
  • heat resistant primer
  • heat resistant paint
  • paint tray
  • paint roller (for textured surfaces)
  • mixing stick

Remove Soot From The Bricks

Lay pieces of plastic sheeting around the area where you will be working. Remove soot and dirt from the surface of each brick. Wipe the bricks with a sponge that has been dipped in warm, soapy water. Begin at the top of the fireplace and work your way downwards so that the soot drips down and falls onto the plastic sheeting.

If severe staining is present, pour a cup of vinegar into a bucket of warm, soapy water. Dip a scrub brush into the mixture and use it to remove soot and dirt that is embedded on the surface of each brick. Use firm pressure to do this. Once the surface of the fireplace is clean, rinse the soap and vinegar off of each brick with a wet sponge. Wait for the bricks to dry before moving on to the next step.

Apply Primer And Paint

Cover areas around the fireplace with painters tape so that they are not exposed to the primer or paint. Mix the heat resistant primer to remove air bubbles and pour it into a paint tray. Apply the primer to the bricks with a paint roller that is designed to be used on rough surfaces. Move the roller across the fireplace's surface, starting at the top and moving downwards. The primer may take a few hours to dry.

Mix the heat resistant paint and pour it into a paint tray. Roll the paint on in straight lines, working from top to bottom. Once the paint has dried, add a second coat of paint if more coverage is needed. After the paint has dried thoroughly, remove the painters tape and dispose of the plastic sheeting.

Maintain Your Fireplace

Keep your fireplace looking great by cleaning it on a regular basis. Get into the practice of removing soot stains and dirt as soon as they become apparent. As long as not much soot is present, stains and dirt can successfully be removed with soapy water and a sponge and it will not take much time to do.

For more questions about refacing a fireplace or making upgrades, contact a company like Southwest Brick & Fireplace.