There are a lot of different options that you have when it comes to painting a home. You have the exterior, interior and the certain areas of the home that work to create a better experience for you and your guests. This includes the fireplace. While creating a warm and comfortable sitting area presence, a fireplace can really help to add a little something to the space. Here are some tips on how to properly paint your brick fireplace and make it look great while keeping its functionality.
- Examine the Area: The first step in going about a renovation on the fireplace area is by examining the area. In this step, you just look to make sure that the fireplace is made from brick. If it is made from limestone, sandstone, river rock, etc. then this may serve a bit of a problem, as the paint will really sink into these materials, and make it very difficult to buff out later without damaging the piece.
- Clean the Surface: Cleaning the surface of the brick ensures that the paint will stick and dry correctly. The first step to this is that you will want to use a wire scrub brush, and then wash the area thoroughly. This ensures that the surface area is not rough, but so that there is no additional debris on the surface. The next step is to rinse and dry the area, and once it is dry, tape the area you are painting, so that no paint gets onto an area you don’t want it to.
- Prime the Area: Using a stain blocking oil base, you can save the paint from taking on any soot stains from the fire. You’ll want to apply this to the entire area, as it acts an added layer of protection.
- Paint the Area: Using indoor latex paint, you can do so much more with your fireplace. It will be able to withstand high temperature. You will want to apply the paint with a roller that is specifically for textured walls. Once this is done, it is important to touch up and fill any of the holes with a smaller paintbrush. Apply coats as necessary.