How to Paint Brick Fire Places

Written by ryan lawrence
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Nothing adds atmosphere to a home like the glow of embers burning in a brick fireplace. However, years of use can often leave many fireplaces stained with unattractive black smoke. A fresh coat of paint can restore the beauty to your brick fireplace if you know how to apply it properly. Unlike a regular paint job, you must apply a primer to the fireplace first or the latex paint will chip and smoke stains will bleed through.

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Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • Course brush
  • Five-gallon bucket
  • Three to four-inch paint brush
  • Roller frame
  • Two paint roller covers
  • Latex primer
  • Latex paint
  • Roller screen
  • Painter's tape
  • Dust sheets
  • Spray Kilz stain blocker

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    Painting A Brick Fireplace

  1. 1

    Cover carpet and flooring with plastic or heavy duty fabric dust sheets. Remove lose bits of brick and mortar from the brick fireplace with sandpaper. Remove dirt and dust with a course brush or a broom. Cover any metal or woodwork with blue painter's tape.

  2. 2

    Attach the paint roller cover to the roller frame. Fill the bucket half full of primer. Saturate the roller cover and then wipe away excess primer on the roller screen. Place the roller at the upper left corner of the brick fireplace. Roll downward until you reach the bottom of the fireplace. Proceed rolling upward moving left to right until the roller runs out of primer, then dip the roller, again. Continue applying the primer until the brick fireplace is completely coated. Leave 3 inches of unprimed area next to walls, flooring, metal and woodwork as you will apply primer to these areas with your paintbrush. Use your brush to apply primer to any leftover bare areas. Allow the primer to dry completely.

  3. 3

    Pour unused primer back into its original container. Wash your paintbrush, roller cover, roller frame, roller screen, and bucket thoroughly in the bathtub using warm water. Rinse the bathtub completely after you've cleaned your painting tools. Take your paintbrush outside and shake it vigorously to remove excess water.

  4. 4

    Repeat step 2, except use paint instead of primer.

Tips and warnings

  • If your brick fireplace is badly stained with smoke, you may want to apply two coats of primer before you apply any paint. If you still notice the stains bleeding through, use a can of spray kilz stain blocker to cover it.

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