fireplace makeover

Give your Fireplace a Makeover

When we think of remodeling our house we don’t necessarily think of the fireplace, but this can be a wonderful way to give your living room some new definition. The fireplace is often the central point against the main wall so it will easily catch the eye of anyone walking into the room or sitting on the couch passing the time. Many of these are either white, black, or a mixture of red bricks which can be updated to another one of these shades or any color of your choosing, really. Read on to learn how we suggest going about painting your fireplace a brand new color.

Removing Debris

Conducting a do-it-yourself at home painting project can be a lot of work, so we want to take the pain out of the activity for you with this list of helpful hints on how to make sure your paint covers it all completely. To begin, you will take a wire brush and remove the debris from the brick and mortar, ensuring to get every last speck. This will make a pretty big mess below you so you will want to use an industrial vacuum to clean up the area around your fireplace. Shop-Vac is a good example of one of these.

Sponge Degreasing

Next, you will use a degreaser with a sponge to thoroughly deep clean what’s left. Any remaining dirt on the bricks causes your paint to peel, so take this step very seriously. It’s better to do a good, thorough job the first time than to have to go back and touch up chipped places. You can use a drop cloth and painter’s tape to protect your floors and walls from the ensuing mess while you work.

Priming Before Painting

Now you will take a 1” flat stiff bristle artist brush and press Loxon Concrete & Masonry Primer into the crevices of the brick and mortar. After this, use a mini roller to cover the rest of the area evenly. This works better than using a paint brush due to the coarseness of brick as a substrate. It’s super important to prime all of this since it offers adhesion with efflorescence and alkali resistance on masonry surfaces. Then, a 2” brush can be used to paint the mortar and cracks with ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Following this, use a 6.5 in roller with .5 in nap to cover the remaining area of the fireplace.

At this point, your project is complete so just let it dry and then stand back and observe your work in awe. If all of this sounds like a little too much work and materials for what you bargained for, Pro Painters, your Houston painting company, is always ready to take on a Houston interior painting job at your house or place of business. You can fill out our form or give us a call today at 281-990-0717, and we’ll take care of you!