The Foolproof Way To Paint Your Brick Fireplace

Plus, the products you need for each step of the way.

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Painting a brick fireplace can seem like a big undertaking—a quick Google search reveals dozens of different processes. But it's actually not as complicated as it may seem. The secret? It's all about choosing the right can of paint.

Below, the four easy steps to follow for totally upgrading your fireplace, and the products you need—all available at The Home Depot—to get it done.

BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Interior Eggshell Paint
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Step 1: Pick Your Color.

Taking a trip to the paint aisle at The Home Depot is a great way to get excited for this project. Whether you're sticking with a neutral white or cream or going with a bold color, we like Behr's Ultra Pure White Eggshell Enamel Interior paint. It's a paint and primer in one, so it takes a step out of the process. Its durability to stains is crucial, especially around a working fireplace. The soft velvety appearance keeps the finish looking fresh without needing frequent touch ups.

Step 2: Clean The Bricks & Prep Your Area.

Removing any dirt and dust from your fireplace is a crucial next step before you begin painting. The cleaner the bricks the better the paint will adhere to the surface, and the longer your fireplace will stay peel- and chip-free.

Start by using a wire scrub brush to remove any debris between bricks. Then, vacuum to get ride of anything that may have fallen to the ground. Next, clean the bricks using a heavy-duty cleaner and a sponge to get the surface ready for painting.

To avoid any extra mess, lay a drop cloth below the fireplace to protect the floor. Also, add painters tape to edges near the adjacent walls, mantle, or moulding—anywhere you don't want accidental paint. If you need a ladder or step stool to reach the top of the bricks, now's the time to set that up, too.

Step 3: Paint!

5-Piece Roller Tray Set
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You're nearly done, and the last step is to finally paint! We recommend buying a kit that includes a paint tray and the various kinds of applicators you'll need for this project. (It'll save money, and make your shopping trip a bit easier.)

Paint Sprayer
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To ensure even paint coverage, first use a 2" brush to apply paint in the crevices between the bricks. Then, use a roller to cover the rest of the surface. Repeat until you have the desired paint coverage. And remember: Bricks are very porous, so it's normal to need multiple coats.

Another option, that often saves a lot of time, is to use a paint sprayer to accomplish the whole project or even just the final coat.

Step 4: Add Some Finishing Touches.

Now that you have this gorgeous new fireplace, it's time to add some finishing touches that connect it with the design of the rest of the room. Use flowers, candles, and artwork to draw even more attention to the new focal point of your space. Then, step back and look at your hard work, and be proud of a job well done!

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