How to Paint a Brick Fireplace

I’m so excited to finally share this post with you!

This is one of those projects I’ve been dreaming about doing for months.

The fireplace in our front room was so out of date and I knew it needed a serious update.

But I just couldn’t convince myself to take on such a big project, especially since painting brick could be hard to do.

But after seeing the before and after, I’m so glad we finally had the guts to tackle this project. It was by far one of the easiest, most affordable updates we’ve made yet AND it seriously transformed this space.

I’m all about making sure you know exactly how to tackle your own DIY projects and that’s why I made sure to include every single detail in this tutorial.

From the tools you need to the exact products I used, you can see exactly how easy it is to paint a brick fireplace.

And since this technique works on any brick surface, you can use these step-by-step instructions for any number of DIYs, like painting a brick wall, fireplace mantel, or even a backsplash behind your stove. Let’s get started, shall we?

white painted brick fireplace

The Supplies You’ll need

Clean The Brick

Step 1: Clean the surface of the brick. Make sure it’s free of any dust or dirt. You can also use a wire brush and heavy-duty cleaner if your fireplace is really dirty.

Always Pirme Your Brick Before Painting

The next step is to prime the brick.

I chose KILZ Latex Interior/Exterior Primer for its durability and stain blocking properties.

It’s specially made for porous surfaces, like brick, so it’s perfect for our project.

The primer is very highly pigmented, which helps to cover the yellow brick and dark grout lines.

When you’re painting brick, use a roller with a ¾-inch nap.

Bricks are full of grooves and divots that require a thicker nap to capture the color without getting stuck in the crevices.

Following the KILZ primer, I applied Giani Brick Transformations Whitewash Paint for Brick and Fireplaces in white. Again I used a 3/4 inch roller.  The brick fireplace only needed one coat of paint because the primer already acted as a white coat of paint.

I love the bright and cheery look of the room.

It’s amazing what a little bit of paint can do.

In Conclusion

Painting or whitewashing a brick fireplace is rarely not that difficult. Clean, Prime, and Paint! Just make sure you use a quality primer and paint after cleaning the brick first and the rest is easy! You don’t have to be a professional painter to do this.

Good Luck!

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