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How to Paint a Brick Wall

Give a brick fireplace or wall a fresh new look with paint. Follow these easy steps to correctly make over any brick inside your home.

Photo: Jim Bastardo / The Nest

You'll need

  • Household brush

  • Plastic drop cloths

  • Painter’s tape

  • Masonry stabilizing solution

  • Paintbrushes

  • Paint

  • Roller tray

  • Mini and large rollers

  • Angled paintbrush

    How to

  • 1. Sweep the surface of the brick wall with a household brush to remove loose debris.

    2. Cover and protect furniture, outlets or fixtures (like our stove*) with drop cloths or plastic bags.

    3. Using painter’s tape, tape off the perimeter of the brick wall.

    4. In a well-ventilated area, apply the masonry stabilizing solution (available at your local hardware store) to the brick and allow it to dry. This seals the brick and prepares the surface for paint. The drying time varies depending on the climate. Apply a second coat as needed.

    5. Once the brick is completely dry, apply the desired paint to the wall as recommended by your paint store. Small rollers and angled brushes will help give you full coverage.

    Love this transformation? Watch the makeover video.

    *If you’re painting an area with a heat source, be sure to address application recommendations and safety with a paint professional. The stove pictured above was far enough away from the brick walls and floor. The stove could not be painted with conventional paint and was left as is.

    -- The Nest Editors