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DIY Painted Fireplace Surround and Brick Wall

Sharing my DIY Painted Fireplace Surround and Brick Wall has been long overdue. I actually tackled this project about this time last year. Over the months, I’ve 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 intimidated 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

DIY Painted Fireplace Surround

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.

    1. 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.
    2. Next, I taped newspaper around the surround and the glass doors. I also covered the floor near where I would be painting.
    3. Shake that can and spray closely. I did two coats to ensure I had a nice even look.
    4. 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 those kiddos 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!

DIY Painted Fireplace Surround DIY Painted Fireplace Surround

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 here are a few tips.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. If you have outlets, it might be time to get new outlet covers that are shiny and white!

Painted White Wall First Coat Painted White Wall Drying
Painted Brick Wall Before and After DIY Painted Brick Wall

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!

Standing in front of white brick wall

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!

*For more home inspiration, check out our tips for cleaning out your garage, picking out a new area rug and essential oils to use in your home. And if you’re wondering about those plants, this live ficus plant would look pretty color in front of your new painted fireplace surround!

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  1. Jen V. says

    Your fireplace turned out great! Our house was built in the 1950’s and has a brick fireplace. Painting the brick has been on my to-do list for awhile now but I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. After seeing your pictures, I think I am definitely going to paint ours this summer.

    • Kristin and Megan says

      Go for it! It’s amazing how much more updated the house feels and it was the least expensive project!

  2. Rebecca Bryant says

    Wow, what a transformation. I am liking the white brick of the fireplace. Very eye-catching. I am always amazed how a small redo can change the look of a whole room.

  3. keikilani says

    It’s amazing how much the paint brightened up your room! I have been trying to convince my sister to let me help her paint her brick wall white.

  4. Emily says

    Wow, this is an amazing makeover! I have a friend that is wanting to paint her brick fireplace white and I am going to show this to her so she can see the possibilities! The fireplace surround looks like a completely new one, great job!

  5. Bree says

    You did a great job! It turned out amazing. It really opens the space up and gives it a classy and refreshed transformation. I can’t wait to have a fireplace!

  6. Louise x says

    Ooh, this is a good idea! I’ve been wanting to change the colour of mine, but I wasn’t sure of the best way to go about it. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

    Louise x

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