Painting a Brick Fireplace With Chalk Paint®

Cindy Gazso
by Cindy Gazso
We painted our outdated red and black brick fireplace and built in bookshelves with Chalk Paint®. The soft grey grout was in pristine condition and since we didn't want a "rolled on" look, we painted each brick individually with Country Grey Chalk Paint® which really added texture. The mantel is painted in Graphite Chalk Paint® and distressed a bit. The built-ins and cabinets are French Linen Chalk Paint® and walls are Country Grey.
The transformation was a pleasure to do and Chalk Paint® was awesome to work with.
The before
The after
The fireplace is bright, clean and modern. The mantel painted in Graphite Chalk Paint® really makes a bold statement. We painted the metal surround with Rust-oleum High Heat Paint.
The built in bookshelves and cabinetry is painted French Linen Chalk Paint® and completely changed the look of the room.
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  • Kim Rassi Kim Rassi on Aug 07, 2017
    I have a Finnish Fireplace, very rare... the heated air is circulated behind the brick making the brick heat up pretty high which warms your room by radiant heat. Also known as a masonry heater. My question is about painting the bricks. With the bricks getting very warm will painting them affect their ability to heat up, and will it create a smell or fire hazard?

  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 22, 2018
    I'm in California but really like the transformation. I have a brick fireplace with gas insert an I so want to brighten up. How did you get started?

  • Linda White Linda White on May 31, 2018

    I used black chalk paint on my old red brick …. it looks great but am wanting to change it to white so I can keep original painted walls vs repainting. Can I use white chalk paint over the black chalk?

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