DIY Projects

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace

I’ve always wanted a white fireplace and when we were house hunting nothing we looked at had a brick fireplace. The first two houses we put an offer on fell through. We went a few more weeks of finding nothing we were interested in and we decided we needed to broaden our horizons by looking in different areas than we wanted to at the beginning. The first time we looked where we never thought we would we found a house that we both fell in love with just by looking at the pictures.

Every house we had looked at I would walk around with my arms crossed and our realtor kept saying he knew by my body language that I didn’t like it. When we walked into this house we found on Country Pines Drive I didn’t have my arms crossed at all and I wasn’t nervous, I was actually excited. That’s how I know it was the one!

It had a beautiful brick fireplace and from the moment I saw it I knew I’d paint it white. We put our offer in before leaving and that night found out that it was accepted! While waiting for closing I was dreaming about painting that fireplace, so of course the first weekend after we had moved in that’s exactly what I did! I knew it HAD to be my first project.

I know some of you would love to paint your fireplace but you’re too afraid to do it. Let me tell you…..DO IT. If it’s something you’ve envisioned that you would love and you’ve always wanted, go for it! You won’t regret it!!!

So, here’s how I did it.

I bought a wire brush, KILZ 2 Multi-Surface Stain Blocker, and BEHR Premium White Masonry, Stucco and Brick Paint.

You also will need a small paint brush and a 3/4″ roller. The small paint brush helps to get in the cracks and along the edges. A Paint Kit would be helpful because it will have everything you need.

If the brick on your fireplace is flat and the cracks in between are not deep then you will most likely be able to just use the roller and it will go quick for you. But we learned very quickly that the brick on my fireplace had very deep cracks in between which meant we had to individually paint each crack and each brick with the paint brush. We were able to use the roller some but in the end I used a paint brush and only used the roller for the last coat of paint.

Here is the before picture of my fireplace (ignore all of the wires we still have to hide!)

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I was lucky to have my mom help me with this project or it would have taken me forever! First I got a bucket of water and soap and I used the wire brush and a normal brush to scrub the brick. You want to make sure that any dust, dirt or loose stone is off all of the brick. Then we used ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape and taped off the mantle and all of the trim. We also put down plastic on the floor and around the mantle to avoid any drips or spills.

Then you’re ready to go!

First we used the Kilz stain blocker. Brick is very porous so it soaks up a lot of the paint and there are some stains that might come through, this is why you want to use a stain blocker and a paint that is made for brick. I only did one coat of the stain blocker but I do think I should have done two because in the end I had a few stains come through the paint.

(I forgot to take pictures during the process because I was so anxious to get it done!)

Once the stain blocker was dry we tried just rolling on the white paint. We we’re hoping we wouldn’t have to paint the cracks since the stain blocker was also white but I decided I wanted to still paint them. After the first coat of paint was dry I ended up rolling a second coat over the brick and then only touching up areas that looked like it needed it with the paint brush.

After it dried I noticed a few spots where some brown was coming through where it must have reacted with the paint so I went back over it with some stain blocker and then some more paint. I think I may still have a few spots but they aren’t that noticeable so I left them but one day I plan to go back over them again.

I definitely underestimated the amount of time this project was going to take because I didn’t account for having to paint each and every crack. I was hoping I was going to be able to just use the roller and it was going to go super quick. But nothing is as quick and easy as you think it will be! I think it took me about 4 hours to complete the whole process but I know some people have been able to paint theirs a lot quicker. But the time is so worth it!

Here is the finished product….I’m obsessed!

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I am super happy about how it turned out, I think it’s my favorite part of the house now. It brightens up the room tremendously! My dad had always said he didn’t like painted brick but he even agreed that it looked better than before.

If you’ve ever thought of painting your fireplace I say go for it!

Here’s the pictures side by side so you can really see the transformation:

 

My next project for the fireplace is to get Black High Temperature Paint 51Qs3l0DD4L._SL250_and paint the inside of the fireplace because it’s so dirty and it’ll create a good contrast. And then we’re ready to buy some gas logs and have some fires this winter!

I’m loving our new home and how I’m able to do some fun little projects to make it what I’ve always dreamed of. Next I want to add shiplap to the sides of the fireplace with some lights and wooden floating shelves. Now just to find a free weekend to be able to do everything I want to do…

If you have painted your fireplace or plan to do so I’d love to see the transformation pictures. If you have any questions about painting your fireplace feel free to ask me!

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