How to Paint a Fireplace Hearth

A fireplace is not just a source of cozy warmth.

Painting a Fireplace Hearth

It is also a key design element in the room it occupies. If your fireplace hearth is dated or faded, it doesn't have to remain an eyesore. Updating its color can bring your fireplace out of the dark ages and into its rightful place as the beautiful focal point of the room. A fresh coat of high-temperature paint from your local hardware store is a simple way to accomplish just that.

Lay the dropcloth around the base of the hearth to protect your floor. Tape it along the base of the hearth without blocking any of the brick.

Scrub the hearth with soapy water to remove sediment and stains. Rinse with clean water to remove any soap residue.

Lightly sand the hearth to provide a rough surface for the paint to stick to. Also sand off any bits of existing paint or sediment that were not removed by scrubbing.

Apply a thin, even coat of latex brick primer. Use the roller for the large areas and the paintbrush along the edges, then allow the primer to dry completely.

Use the same method you used in step 4 to apply the latex paint. Allow it to dry and apply a second coat if necessary.

Things You Will Need

  • Dropcloth
  • Masking or painter's tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Scrub brush
  • Soapy water
  • Clean water
  • Latex brick primer
  • Latex paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint tray
  • Paint roller

Tip

  • Make sure you have chosen a color that will withstand changes in decor, as removing the paint is difficult and time consuming once the brick is painted.

Warning

  • Paint fumes can be hazardous to your health, so make sure the room is well-ventilated.

About the Author

Heather Harris received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Old Dominion University. Since 2008 her writing has appeared at Pop Bunker, Geek Girls Network, and various other sites. She has appeared on podcasts such as the Meltdown Comics Meltcast and the Paul and Spike Show. She also owns and operates StreetSpirit Photography along with her husband.