How to Paint a Fireplace Wall How to Paint a Fireplace Wall

What You'll Need
Gloves, dust mask and protective goggles
Drop cloth
Scrub brush
Dust brush
220- and 330-grit sandpaper or sander machine
Plastic scraper
Primer for masonry
Latex paint for interior

A fireplace wall may be made up of wood, brick or concrete. However, most commonly, the wall is made of bricks. If you want to paint or repaint this wall, you will require primer and latex paint for the interior. The interior of the fireplace shouldn’t be painted if you use the fireplace on a regular basis.


Step 1 – Prepare the Area

Remove any artwork, decorations or shelves from the wall. Put a drop cloth on the floor to protect it from dirt and any paint drops or spills. Wear protective gloves, mask and goggles. If, possible, keep the windows open while you apply the primer and paint.

Step 2 – Remove Old Paint

Remove the old paint using 220-grit sandpaper or a sander machine. If the fireplace wall is made of bricks, you shouldn’t use power tools, as these can damage the bricks. Use only fine grit sandpaper. Use a dust brush and then vacuum the dust that is accumulated in the area. If the wall hasn’t been painted before, skip this step.

Step 3 – Clean the Fireplace Wall

Wet the wall with a clean sponge. Spray surface cleaner on the fireplace wall and after 3 to 5 minutes, start scrubbing it using a wire brush. You will be able to eliminate dirt and accumulated soot. It’s essential to clean the wall, as otherwise, the dirt will mix with the primer or the paint and may make the job less durable and the results less satisfying. Allow the wall to dry before you proceed.

Step 4 – Apply Primer

Apply primer with a paintbrush. If the wall is made of bricks, you will need special masonry primer. Allow the first coat of primer to dry and then gently sand the area with 330-grit sandpaper. Apply a second coat of primer. The primer is important, as it will facilitate the adhesion of paint and make the work more durable.

Step 5 – Apply Paint

Apply the first coat of paint. Make sure it is thin, as it will dry faster. You can use a roller to apply the paint, as this will make the job easier. You may use a smaller paintbrush to catch any paint that is dripping and to paint corners or other areas that are not accessible with the roller. When the first coat of paint is completely dry, you can apply another coat. This is not necessary if you are happy with the color of the wall. However, 2 coats of paint will bond better and may be more resistant over time. Allow the wall to dry for at least 48 hours before you start decorating it.

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