{How to Easily & Affordably Paint a Brick Fireplace White}

DTKAustin shares DIY tips on how to paint a brick fireplace white and how to brighten up a room up on a budget. Click for amazing before and after photos and more information.

Most of y’all know renovating houses is in my blood. I went to school for Architecture solely because I grew up renovating and building homes with my dad so the always having to be re-doing something bug is a part of me nowI purchased my first home back in May of 2015 and it was a complete gut job. I think the only person who thought that house was perfect the way it was is my hippie husband. He loved the popcorn ceilings and WALLS… yes, walls… and the 2 inch thick Spanish tile covering the floors. I mean, they had even put parquet flooring on the walls… Anyway, the house was a total gut job straight out of the 70s. As I’m writing this I realized I never did a before and after of my entire house remodel. When my house is actually finished, clean and organized I will get that post up!

Now that the renovation is coming to an end I finally tackled the easiest part of the reno… Painting that grey brick fireplace. When we first moved in and started changing things the grey brick didn’t seem so bad until we realized there is only a 2 hour window where there is good light in the living room from 8am-10am. If you’re outside of that window its pitch black the rest of the day thanks to the absolutely gorgeous old trees we have. I can’t stand having lights turned on so I figured I would finally paint the brick white to lighten the space up and did it ever!! I am seriously blown away by how big of a transformation the living room had from just a few coats of white paint. I ended up replacing the coffee table and added in a lighter chair to brighten things up a bit too.

Disregard the gun artwork too… It was literally the only thing I had to put up there and Grayson insisted that it be in the photos!! I am still on the hunt for a couple prints that could work for that space so if y’all have any suggestions please leave them in the comments!

how to paint a brick fireplace

how to paint a brick fireplaceWHAT YOU’LL NEED – 

Primer – I suggest using KILZ

White Paint – Behr flat white paint and primer-in-one

Painters Tape + towels to cover the floor

Paint Brushes 

Roller for the last coat

how to paint a brick fireplace

TIPS for a seamless painting process – 

Brush the dust off the brick first so the paint will stick better.

Tape off any and every area you don’t want to get paint on and lay towels down for paint drips or splatters.

Make sure to PRIME the brick first.

When you are buying your paint make sure you purchase FLAT paint. Glossy and latex tend to have a pealing effect after a while. Flat sticks the best over any other type of paint.

Also, make sure you do not paint the inside your fireplace with regular paint. There is fireplace box paint that is NOT flammable. If you plan to paint the inside of the fireplace make sure you clean the brick off extremely well for the paint to stick properly.

Be prepared to prime plus paint at least 2 coats if you have dark brick to paint over. My brick was a dark grey and it took a coat of primer plus 2 coats of paint.

I had originally hoped to roll the entire fireplace but quickly realized my brick was extremely porous and the mortar lines were really deep so rolling wasn’t an option. I bought 2 different sized brushes and hand painted the primer on as well as the first coat of paint. The last coat I was able to roll on since the holes and mortar were already pretty well covered. 

how to paint a brick fireplace

how to paint a brick fireplace

how to paint a brick fireplace

how to paint a brick fireplace

how to paint a brick fireplace

how to paint a brick fireplace

Striped dog teepee tentALSO! I’ve had so many people ask about Steven’s new teepee so I wanted to add it into this post! Pipolli sent us the cutest little teepee and Steven LOVES it plus they’ve been generous enough to give my readers discount code on their purchase! Use code TEEPEELIFE for 10% off your entire purchase!

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    Kaily Sieck
    August 22, 2017 at 2:48 am

    OMG it looks soo good! Obsessed.

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    Pam Dorrell
    August 22, 2017 at 3:03 am

    It looks so bright, clean and fresh.

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    Diane Flynn
    August 22, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Beautiful job. Stunning.

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    Diane Flynn
    August 22, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Love it. Glad you left the mantle stained.

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    August 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    That gun art piece tho! the white make a HUGE difference in brightening up the room, good job!

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    August 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I cannot get over this transformation!!! I am obsessed with the white and this ENTIRE space!!!!

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    August 22, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Omg your fireplace looks amazing!! Thanks for the advice and tips!


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    August 22, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    It’s incredible to me how the white paint completely transformed the room. It’s so much brighter and welcoming! I love that about it! You’re making me get excited about my first place someday!

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    Melissa | Bubby and Bean
    August 23, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Thank you for sharing this! We are house hunting and the majority of fireplaces we’ve seen are unpainted brick, so we’ll likely be doing this exact project. I hope it turns out as great as yours! Beautiful!

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    August 23, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Obsessed with this!! Looks so much better!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

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    Sarah K Tripp
    August 23, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Yours looks so incredible! Love it!

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    August 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Oh my goodness this is amazing! Wow what a difference.

    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

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    August 23, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing, lady!!


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    August 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Living room goals! It came out amazing, love the white!

    xo, Patty

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    August 23, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    this looks incredible, I love what you did to the fireplace! SO much better in white and it really opened up the room!

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    Mercedes Ritchie
    August 24, 2017 at 12:29 am

    I had to do this last summer in my bedroom and literally did it the exact same way! Also, LOVE the teepee ⛺️

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    August 24, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Love seeing the before and after pictures!

    xo, Laura

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    August 24, 2017 at 3:11 am

    I need to keep these tips in mind because it turned out perfectly!


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    Kasey | Running in Heels
    August 24, 2017 at 5:16 am

    I love how the white looks! It makes the whole space brighter!

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    August 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    In my house we’ve never painted the walls of any color just because white is the only shade that can enlarge and illuminate the rooms! So, beautiful transformation!!! The only thing I don’t understand is the picture with the gun on the fireplace XD

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      Ashley Hargrove
      August 24, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you so much! And the gun art is just a placeholder until I can get some new artwork in! 🙂 We’re from Texas so guns are a “thing” haha 🙂

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    August 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Omg this is amazing!!! The room totally stands out with the white fireplace!

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    Kelly Torrez
    August 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Wow, it’s so crazy what a difference paint can make! The fireplace is such a great focal point in the space, it turned out beautiful!

    Birdie Shoots

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    Stuart Brazell
    August 24, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Everything looks wonderful – thank you so much for these incredible tips!

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    August 24, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    So many great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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    August 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Looks so good! Really makes the space look bigger! Steven is so cute too!

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    Suzanne Spiegoski
    August 28, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Love the decor feels up in here! So rustic chic and cozy. xo, Suz~ http://www.suzannespiegoski.com

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    Brittney Buccat
    August 30, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Omg! This totally changed the room! I love this soooo much! Amazing!!


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    September 11, 2017 at 1:35 am

    It is beautiful! It’s crazy how much it completely changed the room!

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    September 12, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    OMG, we just moved and we have the ugliest brown stoned fireplace! I’m def showing this to the hubs — fingers crossed we can do it. Yours turned out gorgeous!

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