Today’s post is one I’ve been dreaming about doing for months now and it’s all about how to paint a brick fireplace. Yep, you read that right. After talking about it for over a year now, it finally happened. I finally painted the giant fireplace in our front room. I’d been procrastinating for so long, mostly due to the fact that I thought it would be a total pain and take days to complete. But I’m happy to say it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Today I’m excited to show you exactly how I did it and share my tips for getting the job done in three simple steps.
- KILZ Latex Interior/Exterior Primer
- 3/4″ High-Density Polyester Roller Cover
- Behr Masonry, Stucco and Brick paint
1. CLEAN THE BRICK
The first step in the process is cleaning the surface of the brick. You just want to make sure it’s free of any dust or dirt before you start painting. Our brick was pretty clean to begin with, so I just used a damp rag to wipe it down and clean off any dust. You can also use a wire brush and heavy duty cleaner if your fireplace is really dirty.
2. PRIME THE BRICK
Next up: PRIME, PRIME, PRIME! This is the most important step in the entire process. I used the KILZ Latex Interior/Exterior Primer, which is a primer, sealer, and stainblocker in one. It’s specially created for sealing porous surfaces like brick, so this was definitely the product for the job. Plus it’s highly pigmented, so the coverage was awesome over the yellow brick and dark grout lines.
I found it to be slightly thicker than normal paint, but it went on super easy. Plus it’s water based, so clean up was really simple.
I used a 3/4 inch roller to apply the primer, which is what you want for a surface with lots of texture like brick. It holds more paint and made the painting process a total breeze. Be sure to also have a small paint brush on hand to get into those smaller corners and edges. It took me about an hour to do the entire fireplace with the primer and one coat was perfect. I was really happy with how quick it was to apply and how well it covered .
Here’s a close up after one coat of the KILZ primer. Honestly I was expecting to need two coats, but I felt like this did a great job and I only needed one. It left a nice flat finish, all ready for paint!
3. PAINT THE BRICK
Following the KILZ primer I applied Behr Masonry, Stucco and Brick paint in white. Again I used a 3/4 inch roller and it took another hour or so to get the whole fireplace covered. Thankfully I only needed one coat of paint and it was done!
And here’s the finished look! This makes the room so much brighter. I cannot believe the transformation, it’s even better than I imagined it would be. The yellow brick was just so dated–it seriously hadn’t been touched since the house was built in the ’80s. It’s amazing how a few coats of paint can make such a big difference and bring a fresh and updated look to the entire room. Cue happpppy dance.
So that’s it my friends! After months of being so intimidated by this project and the idea of painting brick, it turns out it’s not so difficult after all. CLEAN, PRIME, PAINT, that’s all you have to do. Just make sure you use a good primer and the rest is easy peasy–the whole project can really be done in an afternoon if you have enough coffee on hand. I’m just so happy with this project and so relieved to finally have it done. It feels amazing to finally check it off my long to-do list. Now onto the next project!