Fireplace Face Lift DIY

Are you thinking about a quick and easy face lift for that old fireplace?

We were!!

Slate and natural stones are all the rage but also very expensive and expertise in masonry is key,,
Our fireplace is already brick, and the brick and motor is in good shape, so we decided to go with a more cost effective approach; Paint it!

Necessary equipment
#1. one gallon latex paint. we like the val-spar paint and primer combo.
#2. 2 rolls blue painters tape- any brand will do
#3. canvas or plastic drop cloth- canvas in nice as it is reusable
#4. Thick and wide high quality brush- the brick will sock up paint so a high quality brush is needed
#5. damp rag- in case you spill
#6. Knee pads- cause you ain’t getting any younger!

Step #1
Tape off edges, create a tight fit to the base boards, floor, walls, ceiling and any other areas that you don’t want paint
Run your finger over the edge to ensure a good compressed tape seal.

Step #2
Begin painting, Start with a small section to see how the brick reacts. Our brick soaked up a lot of paint!
Make sure to use the brush to get into all of the cracks and crevasses, but avoid access paint and drips.

Step#3.
Paint it all! Get a good even coat of paint on the full surface, be careful to no drip paint on the floor or ceiling..

if you do spill a bit, use the damp rag to quickly wipe up up the mess, then rise the rag so it is clean and ready for the next spill.
Spills happen all the time, so don’t worry, the Latex paint is water based and easy to clean… just make sure to clean as you go and don’t step in the drips, it will just create more of a mess to clean up later.

Warning
DON’T PAINT THE INSIDE OF THE FIRE HEARTH WITH LATEX PAINT!!
Latex paint cant stand the heat… so just paint the outer brick facade.
To paint the inside use a Rustoleum high temp paint. Must be HIGH TEMP or it will burn up and make a nasty smell.. and mess!

DIY GUY TIP..
your hands are dirty!! don’t touch your clean walls, use your shoulder to lean on the wall, or use your finger tips to balance on the TAPED portion of the wall.

Step #4
Once dry look for areas for touch up, dab the spots with the brush.
Remove the tap and clean up any drips or paint that go t under the tape.

All done!
Enjoy your newly modernized fireplace!!

Here’s some photos from the project:
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