How To Paint A Brick Fireplace




To give your room a unique look you can change the color of your brick fireplace by picking up a paint brush and roller.  Fireplace walls are generally considered the accent wall of a room, as they are different than the other three walls.  When you are working with an accent wall you can pick colors that are much darker than the other colored walls in the room.  Generally the color you paint your fireplace should correspond with other pieces in your room.  You can use a painting, throw rug or fabric sample from the room to pick a color for your fireplace.


Cleaning The Fireplace


It is essential that the fireplace is very clean before you paint it.  Wood chips, dust, dirt, ash and other contaminants work themselves into the brick surface and need to be removed prior to painting.  The easiest way to do this is to use TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) to clean the fireplace.  Use either liquid TSP or powdered TSP to clean.  Apply the solution with a bristle brush and scrub into the surface.  Once you are done cleaning the fireplace with the scrub brush, rinse the bricks down with lukewarm water.  Once the bricks have dried it is ok to paint them.


Painting The Fireplace


Bare brick does not require a primer.  Latex paint will stick to brick and many other masonry surfaces.  Roll a coat of paint onto the bricks just like you would on a wall.  The only difference with painting textured brick is to use a 1/2" nap roller cover instead of a standard 3/8" nap cover.  The extra length of the roller nap will help get the paint into the grout lines and will also put on a thicker coat of paint than thinner covers. Some people even choose to repaint the grout lines with a contrasting color to make it appear more like brick.


What Type Of Paint To Use On A Fireplace


As stated above, latex paints will work fine for a fireplace.  Do not use a general wall paint.  Wall paints are generally flat or eggshell in finish and do not provide enough protection for a highly used area.  Go to a paint store and tell the clerk what you are painting.  Ask them about a latex enamel paint.  The enamel finish will help to provide a much tougher finish which can be cleaned, scrubbed and will last far longer than wall paint will.

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