How To Paint Your Fireplace
- BEHR Paint (shown: Pink Mimosa)
- BEHR Primer/Sealer
- Painter’s Tape
- Drop Cloths
- Heat-Resistant Paint (if needed)
- Wire Brush
- Roller Tray Set with Brush
- Textured Roller Cover
- Eye Protection
Step 1: Prepare for Paint
Cleaning brick, then painting it can get a little messy, so be sure to use painter’s tape and drop cloths throughout the process to protect walls, flooring and the surrounding woodwork.
Step 2: Scrub the Brick
Give the brick a good scrub using a stiff wire brush to knock off any loose grout or dirt. Vacuum thoroughly. If there are any grout or mortar repairs to be made, make them now.
Step 3: Remove Soot
Using a degreaser, clean the brick thoroughly. Wipe it down with rags and/or rinse according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A citrus-based degreaser can remove light grime, but if you’re dealing with years of soot, you may need a heavy-duty product like TSP. Always wear gloves, eye protection and a mask.
Step 4: Prime the Brick
With the surface clean and dry, seal it with a high-quality primer. Use a paint roller to apply two coats here as brick can be very porous. Be sure to use a roller cover that’s designed for textured surfaces.
Step 5: Paint the Brick
Once the primer is completely dry, finish up with a fresh coat of water-based semi-gloss latex paint. Use a textured roller and brush to get into all the nooks and crannies.
NOTE: If you’re painting the firebox INTERIOR, you’ll need a heat-resistant specialty paint, also available at The Home Depot.