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You might be thinking of painting a room but what happens when the room colours don’t match the fireplace bricks? Painting the fireplace or painting fireplace mantel is an economical upgrade. Painted brick fireplace has the potential to make a big difference in modernizing the specific area. The look of a painted brick is attractive with a clean finish. Having a brick fireplace that doesn’t match it’s surrounding will look out of place. These are some steps to correct the problem of painting the fireplace bricks:

Refacing a Brick Fireplace – Step by Step by Home Painters Toronto


  • Broom or vacuum
  • One gallon of latex primer paint
  • One gallon of latex paint in whichever colour you want
  • Paint roller
  • Paint roller covers
  • Paint brush
  • Paint pan
  • Painters tape
  • Drop cloth

How to Clean Fireplace Bricks

  • You will need to clean the fireplace bricks. Use a cloth, broom or vacuum to get the dirt off the bricks.
  • Pay special attention to the areas just around the firebox and on the hearth.
  • The firebox might have build up around it. Use a distilled household cleaner and a brush to remove as much buildup as you can.
  • If you have grease spots on the bricks, use muriatic acid to etch the surface. This makes it possible for the primer to stick to fireplace bricks properly.
  • Muriatic acid is a chemical hazardous. Be careful and read the label. Work in a properly ventilated area.

Apply Primer before Painting the Fireplace

  • Use painters tape along the areas around the fireplace.
  • Pick a primer that is suited for painting the fireplace bricks. Choose a primer with the ability to endure heat.
  • Choose a roller that has a 1 inch nap to cover the brick. Pick a 2 inch paint brush to paint in-between the edges.
  • Spread the primer on the surface of the bricks.
  • Thick roller cover holds a lot of paint. The brick will absorb the primer quickly.
  • Use paintbrush to cover areas that the roller couldn’t reach. Use a dabbing or jabbing technique.
  • Let the primer completely dry.

Paint the Bricks

  • Pick a semi-gloss acrylic latex
  • If the fireplace is the center of attention, choose a colour different from the walls.
  • Paint using the same process as the primer.
  • Roll with thick nap cover. Use brush on areas that roller couldn’t reach.
  • You don’t need more than one coat.


  • Don’t paint lightly. You will need to use some force to get the paint into the smallest crack.
  • Mix your primer to match the paint colour of painted brick.
  • Allow the paint to dry for a few days before returning any fireplace tools.

Painting your brick fireplace is pretty easy and straightforward, though it appears to be a challenge for a lot of inexperienced people. If you feel like this is not a project you want to undertake, you can contact Home Painters Toronto for a free quote to paint your brick fireplace or the entire room. Over 30 years we’ve been in business, we’ve helped hundreds of people be satisfied with their painted brick or fireplaces. Call us at (416) 494 9095 or send an email to [email protected]

Brian Young - Home Painters Toronto

From The Owner & Founder


Hello and welcome!

I’m both deeply honoured and flattered you are considering using our services.

Since 1987 when I was at York University simply earning my way through school, I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with thousands of amazing homeowners like yourself.

Besides the birth of my daughter, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a homeowner’s life change when we have transformed their dream home into a masterpiece. For that reason, we take our jobs very seriously and are committed to our cause.

At Home Painters our mission is to paint homeowners’ dreams, and make your painting experience last a lifetime!
I look forward to hopefully meeting you one day, as it brings me tremendous joy to make homeowner’s dreams come true.