I would appreciate any material available on painting a brick fireplace. It is set on a wall of deep red brick with a rough surface. It is contemporary in style and has a built-in stove. My entire home is white with beige carpet and tones of mauve, gray, blues and sand. Obviously, these other decorating points are major factors in affecting a dark dingy wall. Thank you for your assistance.
For the best paint job, start with a masonry block sealer. This is nothing more than a good quality latex primer. When that has dried apply a layer or two of the color of your choice in flat latex paint. This will give a matte-finished-look, something like slump stone.
If you really want the job to look rich, after about a week, regrout the newly painted face with a light colored tile grout. Instead of using water to mix the grout, use water and glue (70 percent water 30 white carpenters glue). Adding the glue to the grout will help it to stick to the painted surface. If mixing the grout yourself doesn’t sound appealing, try using ready-mix grout made by Tilepak. Quite a bit of paint touch-up will have to be done because of the regrouting, but the extra effort will be worth the difference.
It really is very important to thoroughly clean the surface to be painted. Wire brushing and vacuuming is a must.
We wouldn’t recommend that you paint the insert. Heat generated by even the smallest fire will damage most non-factory applied finishes.