How to renovate a brick fireplace

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How to renovate a brick fireplace
Change the look of a brick fireplace with a few coats of paint. (Finnish fireplace image by Adrian Hillman from

Nothing beats the look of a brick fireplace to bring a sense of coziness and warmth to a room. Brick fireplaces add texture and colour, and they are often a room's focal point. Sometimes, however, brick fireplaces can look dated and aged, making a room look less than inviting. Change the look of an old fireplace with an application of paint and bring this warm focal point back to life.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Mild cleaner
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Sponges
  • Painter's tape
  • Masonry primer
  • Bonding primer (optional)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Latex paint

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  1. 1

    Fill a bucket with water and add some mild cleaner. Saturate the sponge with water and clean the brick thoroughly to clean the surface of any residual dirt and debris. Rinse with clean water and allow to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Apply painter's tape to any areas you don't want painted. Apply one coat of masonry primer to the surface of the brick with a paintbrush. If the brick was previously painted, use a bonding primer. Let dry completely. Apply another coat of primer to the surface and allow to dry.

  3. 3

    Apply one coat of high-quality latex paint to the surface of the brick with a large paintbrush. Allow to dry thoroughly. Apply one more coat and allow to dry. Remove the painter's tape. Let the paint on the brick cure for several days before using the fireplace.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a new mantel if desired, or paint the existing one the same colour you have painted the brick. Choose a complementary colour for more contrast and visual impact.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area, or run a fan if you are in an enclosed space.

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