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Best Techniques for Fireplace Painting

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Best Techniques for Fireplace Painting

A fireplace can add to the charm of your home and make it a cozy place during cool and cold evenings. If you have a brick fireplace in your home, one way of brightening up the space would be to give it a fresh coat of paint. Brick can become boring after a few years and if you decide to redecorate, painting the fireplace is the best way to do it. If you do not use the fireplace and have it solely for decorative purposes, then you might want to paint inside it also.


Building permits are not normally required for home painting projects, so that might be something you do not have to worry about. Painting over brick can seem intimidating, but with the right technique and equipment it can be accomplished quite easily.


There are many looks that you can achieve with just a little bit of creativity. You can choose to have a graphic design around the fireplace opening or use stencils to create a different effect. You can also choose spatter-painting for a contemporary look.

  1. There are some painting techniques that can be used to give a different look to the surface. One of these involves creating a weathered look instead of a solid color.


    As with any home improvement project, the first thing to do is obtain the necessary materials and tools. Some things you will need are a masonry primer, latex paint, paint brush, paint tray, roller, roller pan, drop cloths, and masking tape. Make sure that the color you choose for the fireplace goes with the décor of the room. The next step would be preparing the fireplace for painting. You will have to first clean the surface of all dirt and dust, as also any soot or combustion residue that might have been left behind. Using a vacuum might help you do the job much quicker and even better.


    If there is any stubborn dirt in the corners or crevices, you can clean it using a brush with some hard bristles. You can also rinse these areas with some water and soap and let the fireplace dry. The next step is to use the masking tape to cover areas that you want to protect from the paint. Spread some drop cloths on the floor to prevent messing it up.

  2. 2.Painting

    The first coat should be of a superb and solid masonry primer to help ready the surface for the paint. If you have any doubts over which one to choose at the hardware store, the staff there should be able to offer you some guidance in the matter. The reason why latex paints are recommended for brick is that it will not crack despite brick being a porous material. One coat should suffice and you can apply it with a roller or a brush depending on the area to be covered. Once the primer has dried, it is time to start painting the fireplace.


    At least two coats of paint are essential and you can also add more coats if your fireplace is used frequently. Remember a few light coats are better than 1 or 2 heavy ones. After you are done painting, let it dry for a few days before you decide to place objects on the mantelshelf or to remount the mantle itself.

  3. 3.Creating a Weathered Look

    There are some painting techniques that can be used to provide a different look to the surface. One of these involves creating a weathered look instead of a solid color. To achieve this, you must mix two parts of latex paint with one part of water. Then, a thin coat of this mixture must be applied on the brick surface with a roller. The next thing to do is wipe off some of the paint with a sponge or a rag immediately. Then, you must allow the surface to dry before applying another coat of paint and repeating the process. Remember to use a clean roller or rag each time.

  5. 4.Dry Brushing

    Dry brushing is the method in which you can create the look of several layers of old paint. In order to get this effect you will need three different shades of paint. Each shade is applied randomly over the brick in irregular patches with the edges of each color overlapping.


    Using a little bit of imagination and some bright colors you can easily turn your fireplace into the focal point of your home.

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