If you’re one of the lucky few to have a fireplace in your home, then I certainly hope it’s a focal point, if not the focal point in your room. They’re such beautiful elements to have in any given space. Well at least they should be beautiful. If not, you’re staring at a large ugly feature that makes you angry with each glance. I know how it is. You’re stuck with this huge brick monstrosity that doesn’t seem to work with the rest of your decor. Think painting brick is crazy? Well I’m gonna tell you why it’s worth painting your brick fireplace.
If you’re just sick of your fireplace and don’t have the funds to re-finish the surface, then painting your brick is the way to go. With simply the cost of a gallon of high quality paint, you can make a very drastic change to your space. With just about any other solution, you’re going to have to spend some money on materials and labor (unless you do it yourself).
Level of Ease
Painting the brick is without a doubt going to be the easiest option available to you. If you’re a pretty handy individual you can take it upon yourself to cover this up with tile, but there is still no comparison to the ease of a simple coat of paint.
Has a Big Impact
Painting brick does in fact allow for a big impact. Depending on the color paint you choose, this will dictate the level of impact. Choosing the same paint color as the wall, makes it much more subtle. However going with a bold or dark color can make for that big impact you’re looking for.
Works with Any Style
You wouldn’t think so, but a painted brick fireplace really can work with any style. Again, a lot of it depends on the color of the paint you choose. However don’t forget that you can add a mantle that truly reflects your modern, traditional, or rustic style. Also, make sure you’re styling your mantle to really give it the final touch.
Prepping Before Painting Makes it Successful
Seeing as how brick wasn’t made to be painted, you have to treat it and prep it properly for the best results. If you have brick that is beginning to chip or break off, don’t paint it. Just get rid of it. If you are going to paint it, be sure to clean it with either soap and water, or a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Then be sure it has at least 24 hours to dry before adding any paint.
The best paint to use is a really high quality product. Acrylic paint does look nice, but a mineral based paint may just be more durable. Make sure when you paint the inside of the fireplace that you’re using something heat-resistant.
Still not sure? Let me show you some beautiful painted fireplaces to really get you inspired.
Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is a Los Angeles decorator and also primarily writes for this blog Rhiannon’s Interiors.