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A brick fireplace can be a beautiful addition to any home, but over time, it can start to look dull and outdated. If you’re looking for a way to update the look of your fireplace without a full renovation, painting it is a great option. In this DIY guide, we’ll walk you through the steps for how to paint a brick fireplace, including what materials you’ll need, preparation tips, and step-by-step instructions.


  • Paintbrush (of course)
  • Roller brush
  • Paint tray
  • Paint scraper
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint primer
  • Masonry paint
  • Drop cloths


  • Before you begin, make sure the fireplace is cool and that you have plenty of ventilation.
  • Remove any furniture or decor from the area around the fireplace.
  • Cover the surrounding floors and walls with drop cloths to protect them from paint splatters.
  • Use a paint scraper and sandpaper to remove any loose or flaking paint from the brick surface.
  • Clean the brick thoroughly with a mixture of water and mild detergent.
  • Allow the brick to dry completely.


  1. Apply a coat of paint primer to the brick using a paint brush or roller brush. Allow the primer to dry completely.
  2. Use a paint brush and roller brush to apply masonry paint to the brick surface. Work in small sections, using the brush to paint the edges and corners and the roller to cover the larger surfaces.
  3. Allow the paint to dry completely before applying a second coat, if necessary.
  4. Let the paint dry completely before removing the drop cloths and replacing any furniture or decor.


Painting a brick fireplace is a simple and budget-friendly way to give your living space a fresh new look. With the right materials and a little bit of elbow grease, you can have a beautifully painted fireplace in no time. As always, make sure to use proper safety precautions and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the paint and primer you choose.

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