It’s amazing what paint can do to change the look of old brick!
I get asked all of the time about how to paint a brick fireplace. It’s one of the easiest updates you can do and painting brick is no more difficult than painting a wall!
Covering your fireplace with a coat of paint can modernize it’s appearance and bring new life into your room.
This is what the brick fireplace in our family room looked like when we bought our home.
It was just your basic red brick fireplace, but like everything else in the home, it felt outdated and I wanted it to be brought into the 21st century like the rest of our renovated rooms.
I selected a paint color that enhanced our family room’s color palette and decor style, choosing Sherwin Williams Pavestone.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of each step, but it was a very simple process.
The only supplies you will need:
drop cloth (for the floor)
painter’s tape (to mask off the edges of the adjoining walls and floor)
interior latex paint (in the color of your choice)
roller for rough surfaces or angled brush
First, clean the fireplace brick. I used a warm soapy solution with a little bit of vinegar added in, and just used a stiff brush to scrub it really well.
After I cleaned it really well with the soapy solution, I let it dry really well and then I painted a coat of primer on the brick, letting it dry completely.
Then paint the brick in an interior latex paint, in the color and finish of your choice. I used a semi gloss finish.
You can roll the paint on with a roller made for rough surfaces or use a brush.
I used an angled brush so that I could work it into the grout areas.
After the first coat was completely dry to the touch, ususally a couple of hours, I painted a second coat.
I get lots of questions asking if I painted the grout a darker color.
I didn’t, it’s the same color as the brick. It probably just shows up darker in photos, but it is all the same color.
That’s all there is to it! A quick and easy update that makes a large impact.
One word of warning, however. It is nearly impossible to remove the paint from the brick once the paint is dry, making the change very permanent. So be sure before you paint!
You can see the complete renovation of our family room HERE!