How to Paint a Fireplace White? 

If you have an outdated brick fireplace that needs a facelift, painting it can be a quick and inexpensive way to update the look. You’ll find that there are many different types of paint colors you can use for your fireplace to suit your decor and lifestyle. 

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First, you’ll need to clean the surface of the fireplace. This will ensure that the paint adheres to the brick and mortar and doesn’t flake off or crack when you try to paint it. You can do this with a wire brush, a vacuum cleaner, or a fireplace cleaning product that’s specially designed for masonry surfaces. 

Once you’ve cleaned the surface thoroughly, it’s time to apply a coat of primer. This will help the paint stick to the bricks and mortar and make it easier to apply the final paint. 

You’ll want to choose a good quality primer that has been proven to work well on a variety of bricks. It should also be able to handle the temperature and humidity of your home. 

Before you begin, be sure to protect the fireplace with a drop cloth and tape off any areas you don’t want to be painted. This will prevent the paint from dripping on other surfaces. 

After the primer is dry, you can start applying your white paint to the bricks. This can be done with a roller for the main sections and a smaller paintbrush to reach all the corners and edges. 

The next step is to mask off the areas you don’t want to be painted. This can be done with painter’s tape and it’s important that you get this right because if you don’t, the paint can soak into your mantle, floor, or surrounding walls and create an unsightly mess. 

This is where a quality painter’s tape like Frog Tape comes in handy. You’ll also need a tarp to place under the bricks as you’re working, as it will protect the floor and the wall from drips of white paint. 

You’ll need a few other tools for this project, including a brush, a stir stick, and a bucket of water and soap. You can also buy a whitewash kit that includes these items. 

Once you’ve completed all the steps, you’ll have a gorgeous new look for your fireplace. It’s sure to impress everyone who sees it! 

Preparing for the Paint Job

After you’ve cleaned the surface, it’s time to apply a layer of primer. This will help the paint stick better to the bricks and mortar and give you a better chance of getting an even coat across your fireplace. 

Be sure to choose a good quality primer that has an easy application and plenty of coverage for your fireplace. This will make the job go much faster and you’ll end up with a beautiful finish. 

If your fireplace is made from red brick, you’ll probably need to do several coats of paint to cover it completely. This is because red bricks are very porous and absorb a lot of the paint, which can cause streaking.