(Apologies for the way this post appears - I can not get it to look normal and I give up)
This is a super old project, but it's a goody. If you have a brick fireplace that you've been thinking about painting for awhile I hope this inspires you to get it done. It's intimidating at first - for sure! Once you do one fireplace though, you'll never EVER be afraid again. It's so easy! Just load up the paint brush and roller and slap on the paint. I always paint with Latex Water base and low VOC paint. I prefer Valspar, but the goal is the same no matter what brand of paint you use...Get the Paint up and do it on a low cost budget. Well, that's my goal. If you're using the fireplace a lot then consider high heat paint. In our case we have a fireplace screen and we tested ahead of time to make sure the brick doesnt get hot with the screen closed. It didn't. Phew!
Here's the low down....
|The fireplace was prepped. I cleaned it up by vacuuming it and then cleaning it up with soap and water. After it dries, your fireplace is ready to paint. If you have a lot of soot then you'll want to really scrub it with a brush. Our fireplace had some on it (notice that black stuff in the picture?). It came right off with a soft brush and a tiny bit of soap.|