Painting Ideas & Tips
  • June 13, 2020
  • Interior Painting

How To Prep Brick Fireplace For Painting?

If you have grown bored of your fireplace, it is time to paint the fireplace’s bricks. A fresh coat of paint creates a cozy place in your house and will be an inspiration to the guests coming to your home.

Most homeowners think that red brick is permanent and cannot be changed. Fireplaces are made of red bricks, which can be painted to lighten the look of your home. Follow the below steps and see how easy it is to paint fireplaces of your house.

Preparation for Painting a Brick Fireplace

Materials Required
  • Paintbrush, Roller, and Tray
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Drop Cloths
  • Caulk and Caulk gun(only if needed)

Steps To Be Followed

Step 1: Cleaning the Surface

Use a wire brush, clean all the dirt and debris from the surface of the bricks. You could use a vacuum pump to clean further the place which cannot be reached by a wire brush. Use a sponge to clean the surface with cleaner or degreaser. Deep cleaning is necessary as any dirt present will cause the paint to peel.

Step 2: Preparing the Surface

Some areas around the fireplace need not be painted. To protect these areas, prepare the surfaces by laying plastic sheets and tapping off areas not painted.

Step 3: Caulking the Surfaces

If bricks have cracks or holes, fill them with caulk. After the caulk is applied, smooth the surface using a wet paper towel.

Step 4: Prime the Brick

After cleaning, it is time to apply the primer. An oil-based or stain-blocking primer can be used to protect bricks from stains. Apply primer all over the fireplace as per the instructions given.

Step 5: Paint the Bricks

Once the primer dries, it is time to paint. Choose paint that withstands the temperature of the fireplace. Indoor, latex, heat resistant paint is rated to withstand temperatures generated by the fireplace. Roller can be used for painting the bricks, and for places where the roller cannot reach, use a paintbrush. Apply second or third coats if needed.


A Painted fireplace looks very attractive and adds beauty to your home. Bricks need to be cleaned and painted regularly to keep them fresh. If you are looking for a professional to paint your fireplace, contact Executive Touch Painters at 416-410-0164 for a free estimate.