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Painted Brick Fireplace

Make a dated red-brick fireplace fade to fresh white with a quick scrub and the right primer and paint.

white brick fireplace with painted cover

Photography: Addie Juell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2019

Introduction

For another project, make the Spray-Painted Metal Fire Screen (pictured above) to pair with your fireplace.

materials

  • Paint designed for use on masonry (Pictured: Sherwin-Williams Loxon Concrete & Masonry primer and sealer, $64 for 1 gal, sherwin-williams.com. ProClassic Waterborne Interior Acrylic Enamel Paint, in Semi-Gloss Pure White and Mellow Coral, $78 for 1 gal., sherwin-williams.com.)

  • Drop cloths

  • Protective mask

  • Wire brush

  • Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment

  • Sponge

  • Heat-resistant primer

  • Stiff nylon brush, 1 to 2 inches

  • Paint roller

  • Nap roller covers, 1/2 to 3/4 inches

steps

  1. Lay down drop cloths. Put on mask. Brush fireplace with wire brush to loosen grit and scuff the surface, to help paint adhere. Vacuum up grit, then wipe down bricks with damp sponge to remove any lingering grease or dust.

  2. Apply primer to grout lines with nylon brush, then to bricks with roller; let dry completely.

  3. Apply two coats of paint; let dry completely after each coat. (Tip: For a frosted effect and covered storage, we painted the backs of these glass doors a pale blush.)

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