Painting Fireplace To Look Like Gray Brick

by THAT Painter Lady

Hi Debra,

I love your painting tips! I do have a question….I am painting my brick fireplace.

I know the base paint should be an exterior latex satin.

Then should I use stain or more latex paint for the other 2 colors?

It’s 1970’s red brick and I want to make it look like gray brick.

I was going to use light grey 1st and then add 2 shades of medium gray randomly. I think the grout lines can be painted light grey also. The brick already has texture—-it’s bumpy.

Should I use glaze or latex paintfor the second layer? I really don’t know what the difference is.

Victoria Roberts

Hi Victoria

You can paint the entire area of bricks all one base color with the latex paint.

Then go back over it with the other two colors “and” the base color.

If you use a soft sponge like a sea sponge you will be able to blend the colors nicely.

The reason I say to use the two colors and the base color for the second layers is that by using the base color the other two colors will blend in and not “sit” on top of the base color.

You want it too look natural and not “in your face”… :0)

Glaze is something you “add” to paint to make them “more liquid” and the glaze also makes paint dry slower… so you have more time to play.

Glaze is clear so it also makes paint a bit transparent.

Latex paints are paints that are water based. This means no smell…easy clean up… they are perfect for painting everything except cabinets and woodwork.

So here is what I would do.

  • I would paint the entire fireplace with “just” latex. The first coat.
  • Then mix some glaze into a cup of paint. (use a disposable cup) One for each of the 3 colors you are going to paint with.I can’t really give exact measurements. I usually mix a glaze up with 1part water/ 1 part glaze and 1 part paint… and then add more paint or glaze to make the liquid more or less transparent.
  • Then I pour about a 1/4 cup of each of these mixtures into a paint tray. Little puddles of each. It doesn’t matter if they touch. You want to have all the colors on one tray so when you dip the sponge into the tray… all three colors of paint will be picked up.

And remember- it’s just paint! If you don’t like the results… you can paint over it.

Or you can keep adding more layers until you are happy with the results.

Hope this is helpful!

p.s. Glaze is available wherever paints are sold.

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Fireplace Designs January 29, 2010 at 11:11 am

i did this and it was a great design for my home.
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