The Dos and Don'ts of Painting a Brick Fireplace

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

Photo by: Kim Cornelison Photography Inc.

Kim Cornelison Photography Inc.

Related To:

DO some serious roll-up-your-sleeves prep work

Remove soot, dirt and cobwebs from the bricks with a wire brush, then de-grime with a heavy-duty cleaner like phosphate-free TSP. Let the bricks dry for 24 to 48 hours.

DON’T forget to inspect the mortar

If there’s a lot of crumbling, you might need to hire a pro to repair it. 

DO apply a latex primer

Use one made specifically for masonry if the bricks have never been painted before. It’s about $50 a gallon but worth the price — it will seal the bricks and help the paint adhere.

DON’T use semigloss or gloss paint

It’ll make the bricks look fake and plasticky. Stick with a flat latex interior paint applied with a brush or a roller.

Keep Reading

Next Up

The Dos and Don'ts of Painting Grout

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

The Dos and Don'ts of Painting Cabinets

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

The Dos and Don'ts of Painting Shutters

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

The Dos and Don'ts of Painting Glass Bottles

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

The Dos and Don'ts of Painting Wood Floors

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

The Dos and Don'ts of Painting Varnished Furniture

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

The Dos and Don'ts of Painting a Chandelier

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

The Dos and Don'ts of Painting Terra-Cotta Pots

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

The Dos and Don'ts of Painting a Front Door

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

The Dos and Don'ts of Painting a Rattan Basket

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

On TV

Desert Flippers

7:30am | 6:30c

Desert Flippers

8:30am | 7:30c

Desert Flippers

9:30am | 8:30c

Flip or Flop

10am | 9c

Flip or Flop

10:30am | 9:30c

Flip or Flop

11am | 10c

Flip or Flop

11:30am | 10:30c

Flip or Flop

12pm | 11c

Flip or Flop

12:30pm | 11:30c

Flip or Flop

1pm | 12c

Flip or Flop

1:30pm | 12:30c
2pm | 1c

House Hunters

2:30pm | 1:30c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Love It or List It

8pm | 7c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.