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Transforming Your Fireplace: From Outdated to Fantastic

Updated: Sep 4, 2023

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Brick fireplaces have a timeless charm, but sometimes they can feel dated or clash with the overall aesthetic of a room. If you're looking for an affordable and transformative way to update your living space, consider painting your brick fireplace. Painting the brick can breathe new life into the room, creating a focal point that complements your decor. In this post, we'll guide you through the process of painting a brick fireplace, from preparation to finishing touches.

1. Preparing the Fireplace: Before you start painting, it's important to properly prepare the brick surface. Begin by cleaning the brick thoroughly. Use a wire brush to remove any loose debris, dust, or soot. For stubborn stains, you may need to use a masonry cleaner. Once the brick is clean, rinse it with water and allow it to dry completely. If there are any cracks or gaps, fill them with a high-quality mortar.

2. Cleaning the Metal Surface: As is the case with this fireplace,

cleaning and priming the metal face of the firebox and the bread oven was crucial. Once clean and debris free it is time to paint with a high heat paint.

3. Choosing the Right Paint: Selecting the appropriate paint is crucial for achieving a successful and durable finish. Is it a functioning fireplace or is it a decorative fireplace? Consider choosing a paint color that complements the room's color scheme and desired ambiance. In redoing this fireplace, only the dark bricks and the mortar were painted. 4. Painting Techniques: When it comes to painting the brick, you have two options: maintaining the texture or creating a smoother finish. If you prefer to preserve the texture, use a thick-nap roller to apply the paint. Roll in multiple directions to ensure complete coverage. For a smoother finish, you can use a brush or spray gun to apply the paint. Consider using a small brush to reach into the mortar joints for a clean and finished look.

5. Applying Multiple Coats: To achieve an even and vibrant color, you'll likely need to apply multiple coats of paint. Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding drying times between coats. It's crucial to allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next. Applying thin, even coats will help avoid drips or streaks and result in a professional-looking finish.

6. Finishing Touches: Once the final coat has dried, take a step back and assess the overall look. Touch up any missed spots or imperfections with a small brush. If desired, you can also consider adding a sealant to protect the painted surface.

7. Changing the Shelving: The cement shelves on this fireplace were fitted with a wood slip on shelf to give the fireplace a dramatic change. They were stained and sealed with a polyurethane.

8. Add Artwork: Consider adding new artwork, personal photos or a clock to change the aesthetic of the area. If the fireplace is no longer used for whatever reason, adding a fire sticker can add a cozy feel to your area. The sticker we used is removable and reusable and we love it!

Painting a brick fireplace is a fantastic way to update your living space and give it a fresh, modern look. With proper preparation, the right materials, and attention to detail, you can transform your fireplace into a beautiful focal point that complements your decor. Remember to choose a high-temperature paint, apply a primer, and use appropriate painting techniques to achieve a durable and professional finish. So grab your brush and get ready to breathe new life into your brick fireplace!