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What to Know Before Painting Brick

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What to Know Before Painting Brick

Picture it: You have your home laid out just the way you like it. A little wood flooring here, the perfect paint color there, gorgeous window treatments. But something’s off. You home doesn’t feel quite like you yet. You look around. It’s your fireplace! Yes, black and maroon are great, but you’re unique. You want better for your fireplace. That’s when you decide it’s time to paint.

 

According to the website Earth911.com, if your home has brick, it has a great built-in insulator. The site says bricks can store heat energy from the sun during the day and release heat for several hours after the sun has set. The site also says that brick creates very little waste when it is manufactured. Mining one pound of clay yields nearly a pound of brick, with just a little loss occurring during the heating process.

 

Painting your brick is just one little decorative touch that goes a long way in making your home feel like your home. It doesn’t just have to be a fireplace, either. Painting the outside of your brick home sets it apart from the others. Painting a brick floor or walkway can make your floor feel cool and smooth.

 
  1. Painting your brick is just one little decorative touch that goes a long way in making your home feel like your home. It doesn’t just have to be a fireplace, either. Painting the outside of your brick home sets it apart from the others.

    1.To Paint or Not to Paint?

    Is the brick that you want to paint in already nice looking and in good condition? You may not want to touch it. Brick that is stained, or not that visually appealing in it’s natural state is the best candidate for painting. Think carefully before you pick up your brush; once you paint, it can’t easily be undone.

  2. 2.Look for inspiration

    This isn’t something you have to do, it’s something you want to do. It’s something to beautify your space. Look online at style blogs, read decorating magazines. Figure out the colors you want to use and what look you are going for.

  3. 3.Where are you painting?

    Inside of your house or out? Brick wall? Brick floor? These questions determine not only the amount of paint you’ll need but the type of paint you’ll need. Now is also a good time to figure out the tools you’ll need.

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  5. 4.How to do it

    First, the brick must be cleaned thoroughly. If you are doing a large area like the side of a house or a walkway, this could mean renting a power washer. If you are painting a smaller area, this means scrubbing by hand and getting down in all the cracks and crevices. Next, make sure the brick is completely dry. This might mean waiting a day or two since porous brick has lots of holes water can get into. Next prime the brick if necessary and then paint. You may need to use several coats – remember to let each one dry thoroughly before moving on to the next.

     

    One of the fun things about owning a home is decorating it to be just the way you’d like it to be. Painting brick is one way to do that.

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