Many older homes have unattractive brick interiors, such as a fireplace or wall, that makes the home feel like a cave and look dated.

An easy way to update the dated brick is to paint it.

Follow the steps below to paint a brick wall or fireplace.

 

Tips & Tricks for How to Paint Brickphoto courtesy of S Diddy flickr.com/photos/spence_sir/5280887593/Repair
Your brick must be in good condition before painting it.

Patch any cracks and replace any missing mortar. 

Do not attempt to paint brick in poor condition.

 

Clean
The brick needs to be cleaned to prepare it for painting. 

Using soap and water, wipe down the brick.

Don't totally saturate the brick with water because it will need to be totally dry before painting. 

You can use a wire brush to get out any stuck on dirt.

 

Mask
Using painter's tape, mask off any areas that you do not wish to receive paint, such as adjacent walls. 

Make sure to be meticulous with your taping.

 

Prime
Using a paint roller made for brick surfaces, paint the brick with a quality primer (oil based primer tends to work best).

Once you have painted all you can with the roller, cut in the corners with a paint brush and paint any crevices that were not reached with the paint roller. 

Keep in mind that brick is extremely porous, so you will need much more paint that if you were painting drywall.

You will probably need 2 coats of primer.

 

Paint
After the primer has dried, paint the brick using your desired paint, either flat, semi gloss, or something in between.

You will need at least 2 coats for an even consistent finish.

Make sure to let each coat of paint dry completely before the next application.

 

Tip
If you want to white wash your brick, clean and mask, but skip the primer.  Paint with a mixture of 50% water and 50% paint (you can adjust the mixture up and down to get your desired result).

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