Paint a Brick Fireplace

DIY: Paint a Brick Fireplace

When something looks too boring to look at anymore, this is as basic and effective as you can get: Paint it! Yes, even that old brick fireplace can be painted into something fancy.

Painting a fireplace will take no more than an hour or two. All you need are a couple of tools, fireplace-safe paint and elbow grease.

Make sure your fireplace is okay being painted before you decide on anything. Most fireplace materials including rocks, limestone, sandstone-you name it, are prone to getting damaged surfaces and won’t appear much pleasant after painting, plus you won’t be able to just replace them if result doesn’t turn out good. However, there are several other materials you’ll be able to paint with little problem, brick is the safest bet. Choose colors wisely and think of how you want the display to be: classic bright or dramatic dark? Picked color should go well with the main theme of your house and surrounding.

  • Working time: 4 hrs
  • Start to finish: 1 day
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Involves: Painting

You Will Need:


  • Wire scrub brush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Drop cloths
  • Paint roller for textured surfaces
  • Small paintbrush


  • Nonsudsy trisodium phosphate, also known as TSP
  • Heavy-duty cleaner
  • Painters tape
  • Oil-base primer
  • Indoor latex paint
Paint a Brick Fireplace


Step 1

Clean the Surface

First things first, drape a cloth around the fireplace you’re gonna work on to prevent floor getting damaged or stained. Remember, paint will sit perfectly on a clean and smoothened brick; so before you get the brush to work, grab a wire scrub brush and clean the surface until it’s even and dust-free. Wear safety goggles and gloves, get the trisodium phosphate solution (aka TSP) and deep-clean the surface with a good cleaner. Rinse and let it air-dry.

Step 2

Prime the Brick

This is a basic step you should keep in mind when painting almost anything. Oil based prime coating will block stains and protect the surface against extreme heat when fireplace is used. Coat the whole brick fireplace with a layer of prime according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3

Paint the Brick

Once primer is thoroughly dry, let the painting begin! The paint of choice should be the latex and heat-resistant type, suitable for indoors. You can go for matte or glossy paint, it’s up to you. Whichever paint you use, make sure it’s able to tolerate fire heat (basically about 100 °C). You should also choose a texture-special painting roller with a paintbrush for spaces hard for roller to reach. Paint the first layer on, then seconds and add a third coating if required to achieve the perfect color density. Let each layer dry completely before adding the next.

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