Painting a Fireplace Hearth
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
- Masking or painter's tape
- Scrub brush
- Soapy water
- Clean water
- Latex brick primer
- Latex paint
- Paint tray
- Paint roller
- 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.