Sharing my DIY Painted Fireplace Surround and Brick Wall has been long overdue. I actually tackled this project about this time last year. Over time I received several questions from friends about the details of the project. It has been such a huge improvement in our home that I decided it was time to share it so that anyone with an ol’ ugly wall like mine, or looking at houses with one, isn’t intimated to take it on. I promise, anyone can do it!
DIY Painted Fireplace Surround and Brick Wall
When we bought this house over four years ago, painting this wall and fireplace surround were close to the top of the list.Here is what we were dealing with. That bright shiny gold fireplace surround screams 1985, as does the brown brick. Yet, as life often goes, the project sat untouched for way too long. Then one day I woke up and decided I couldn’t look at it for even one more day. #ByeFelicia
Spray Painting Your Fireplace Surround
Transforming the fireplace surround turned out to be the easiest process. I also recommend doing this first since you wouldn’t want black spray paint on your pretty new brick wall.
- First, I chose a black spray paint that was intended for high heat and metal. That way there would be no reaction when we decided to get the fire roaring.
- Next, I taped newspaper around the surround and the glass doors. I also covered the floor near where I would be painting.
- Shake that can and spray closely. I did two coats to make sure I had a nice even look.
- Make sure to open the windows, turn on the fans and ventilate. Spray paint has such a strong odor and you don’t want your kids breathing in the fumes. Choose a day when the kids can play outside for a few hours afterward.
That’s it. I promise it took me like no time at all and was an instant improvement!
Painting Your Brick Wall
Up next the following weekend was the brick wall. I picked a true white paint with a gloss to it. I prepped the area first and had the hubby take the kids away for the day. Overall painting the wall was pretty standard but there are a few tips.
- Make sure to buy rollers that are made for rough surfaces. This will save you loads of time since you want that roller to get in all the nooks and crannies.
- Remember that brick absorbs paint. It will most definitely need a generous second coat. You can see the difference in my photos below. Mine took longer than expected and I had to spread the project over two weekends.
- If you have outlets, it might be time to get new outlet covers that are shiny and white!
You can see that I love my new wall so much I often use it as a backdrop for photos. I’ve since lost the train table for a coffee table and am now looking for some new chairs. Even so, now that this room is bright and fresh this is where I choose to spend most of my time!
Have you taken on a DIY Painted Fireplace Surround and Brick Wall? If not, and you are staring at one now, what are you waiting for? I promise you can do it!