This is so easy you can do it in a day!
I love finding simple ways to improve the look of our home, especially when it doesn't even require a trip to Lowe's and dropping tons of $$$. It was a Saturday morning and Chris and I were trying to figure out how we were going to spend our weekend.
I've always liked the look of painted brick, it just looks so clean and it really brightens up the room, especially when it's white!
Our brick and mantle is behind our wood burning stove since we don't have an actual fireplace. The mantle itself was here already when we bought the house, and eventually I'd like to get a nice wood floating beam to put up there instead, but that's a project for another day.
What you'll need:
Luckily, I already had these items at home. But if you don't, you could find everything you need at your local hardware store.
1. Remove the mantle and prep your surface
We chose to remove our mantle first. It made painting around the sides of the brick and top a lot easier. We didn't have to worry about getting paint on it! The sides of our mantle were hard to remove without ruining the wall, so we painted around this part. Not ideal, but it can be done!
To prepare your surface for priming, you're going to want to wipe down the brick as much as possible. You're going to have to use a pretty durable rag, as the brick may snag your cloth if not. We were able to wipe it down pretty clean despite some of the stains from the wood stove!
2. Apply two coats of primer
This is really it... slap that primer on there. We already had a can of the Zinsser Bulls Eye 1 2 3 Primer from another project, so that's what we used! We did two coats and it gave us a pretty even coverage. Depending on your brick, you may want to do another coat or you may only need one.
The more coats of primer you use, the smoother your brick will be after you paint it! Make sure to dab your paint brush into the brick to get into any holes you may have.
The primer may run a little also since it is thinner than normal paint, you may have to run your brush over the surfaces you've already painted a little bit before it dries so prevent drips. Nobody likes globs.
The primer said to wait one hour before painting another coat so that's what we did.
3. And Finally, Paint!
We chose to go to bed after our second coat of primer. The next morning the primer was nice and dry and ready to be painted! We used Valspar Project Perfect Latex White Paint. I used this same paint on the risers of our stairs and I had plenty left over. You can read more here about how we ripped up the carpet on our staircase and refinished the treads and risers underneath. It came out awesome!
We only did one coat of the white latex paint. Since the primer was also white, we got a pretty decent coverage from that alone. You could do two coats of paint if you wanted to, but one worked just fine!
We waited for the paint to dry and then put the mantle back up and we are DONE!
I'm really happy with how it turned out and it was a super quick and easy way to add a personalized touch to your home.
Have you tried painting the brick around your fireplace? Show me your photos! I'd love to see how it came out. Comment below!
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