HOW TO PAINT
A BRICK FIREPLACE


Below you will find instructions on how to paint a brick fireplace, along with how to help for coating any other decorative finishes that your fireplace might be made of.



A fireplace tends to be the focal point of a room and whenever possible, a focal point should look it's best at all times.

If your fireplace is a little on the old and dreary side, then the information that follows should help you on the way to spicing up your stone, wood, brick, or stuccoed hole in the wall.

Or, if you have no fireplace, you will find a few helpfull hints on how to economicly add one to your home.


SAFETY FIRST


If your fireplace is, or can be made operable, you will need to follow local building codes, regarding any combustible (this includes paint) products that you may be applying in or around the fireplace itself.

Also, check with your paint supplier or home improvement center, for advice regarding the application of products, (primers, paints etc.,) and tools to buy, for the job at hand.

Once you've implemented your idea on how to paint a brick fireplace, keep in mind, coatings on stone, stucco, or most other types of masonry surface's, become very difficult to remove.

Porous surfaces in most cases will require sandblasting to take off an applied coating.

If you do decide on sandblasting, it require a certain amount of practice and knowledge to do the job properly.

What I'm trying to say is, be sure you want to paint the fireplace, before you actually begin your how to paint a brick fireplace project.


FIREPLACE COLOR


A fireplaces color, can be the same as the walls, or boldly different. It all depends on whether you want your fireplace to stand from the sourounding wall. Either way, for the best results, try and use colors that flow with your rooms color scheem.

Your local paint store representative, will help you with advice, on how to paint a brick fireplace or stone, wood and stucco surface.

Paint store sales staff, can also assist with choosing the products, tools and tones, hues or shades, for the project at hand.


PREPPING TO PAINT YOUR FIREPLACE


The first step in how to paint a brick fireplace, or any other fireplace for that matter, is to protect floors, walls and other items from drips and overspray.

Coverage of the product being applied, depends on the type of paint used and whether your spraying or cutting and rolling.

Prepare the surface being painted by using sandpaper, scrapers, a stiff brush or soap and water (if needed). Remove dirt, loose debris and old flaking paint, then let the surface dry and vacuum away the particles that are left over from your prepping job.

Fill any cracks and holes with paintable caulking (if your painting). Always use the proper fillers, for the type of coating being applied.

If any of the surfaces on your fireplace are damaged, you should be able to repair them, get advice from your local home improvement center.


PAINTING A FIREPLACE


The next step, in how to paint a brick fireplace or other type fireplace, is to decide on if your going to use a paint sprayer, or brush and roll your project. Either spraying or brushing and rolling, will work fine.

local paint dealers and rental outlets, will help you decide on the best tools, for the type of surface being painted.

Along with help from this and other sites for basic painting advice, color selection, techniques and ideas, a paint dealer will assist you with the proper process for getting the job done.

Once your fireplace is painted and dry, you will need to wait before placing knick knacks on the painted surface. The longer you wait the better your paint job will hold up.

Keep in mind, latex paint in most cases can take up to a month to completely cure.


A TROMP L'OEIL FIREPLACE


If you don't have a fireplace and would like to know how to paint a brick fireplace onto your wall, then a good alternative is a technique commonly known as tromp l'oeil. To implement a tromp l'oeil, technique, draw up a plan using a pencil, ruler, paper and the help of your local library, book store or internet.

Find pictures of an assortment of fireplace’s, then draw the one you like the best to scale on a piece of paper. Photo copy the drawing, and color it.

Keep trying colors that you like on your photo copies until you find a scheme that works best with the room your going to place your fake fireplace in.

Once you have a general idea regarding color preference, it will be easier to decide on colors when you go to the paint store. With your fireplace drawn up and colored, transfer it (using the scale you decided on e.g. 1/8 " = 1') to the wall you have selected, using a yard stick and pencil.

With the fireplace drawn on the wall, color it in using your selected paint choices, stains, faux finish or wall painting techniques.

Another idea is to paint the fire box onto the wall, including the fire and logs (or use a fireplace screen instead) then surround the painted fireplace with a real mantle, one that you purchased. You could also make one your own with the advice of your local home improvement center.

After painting fire and logs on the wall, or using a fireplace screen surrounded with a mantel, you should be very happy with your completed project.

Especially if you acquired the mantle cheep at a garage sale or even better, free from your friends or relatives.


FIREPLACE PAINTING IDEAS


Virtually every type of wall decorating technique can be used for your "how to paint a brick fireplace" or stone, wood, stucco, and tile projects.

Check out other painting techniques using this site, your local library, internet and book stores, then, use the fireplace ideas or wall painting techniques that you find to spice up your dreary old room warmer.


SUMMARY


As mentioned previously, your how to paint a brick fireplace project or wood, stone and tile faux finish techniques, shouldn't be done without following all local building codes, regarding heat resistant paints, and other work you may wish to perform on an operable fireplace.

If you know how to paint a brick fireplace but would prefer not to use paint and would still like to try a new look for your fireplace surface, penetrating stain might be what your looking for.

After stain is applied, it tends to tone down the look of dark brick and lighten uncoated stucco.

Heat resistant paint works well but be sure you can use it with the materials and job being done. Wood moulding, stucco, brick, tile, or stone can all be used as a real or faux texture when doing your fireplace.

No mater what type of process you decide to try, from sandblasting, to cutting and rolling brick, make sure you try to practice on a surfaces or material other than your chosen project.

Stop by your local rental shops, paint stores, and home improvement center so as to get advice regarding tools, products and materials.


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