Pros and Cons of Painting Brick Surfaces

Pros and Cons of Painting Brick Surfaces

Having a brick fireplace in your living room can be quite a showpiece, as long as it blends in with the rest of your house. If you have gone with an overly modern scheme, those natural bricks might stick out like a sore thumb. In order to remedy the situation, bricks can be painted. However, you do need to thoroughly think through your actions in this case, since there are many pros and cons that come with painting brick.


  • Your room will look better put together. This is the best “pro” of them all. Your room with the fireplace in it – or brick wall -- will finally look like it belongs like the rest of your house. Painting the bricks can also make the room look bigger.


  • All of your walls will match. If you do not like the looks of a room that has three walls of one color and a fourth wall covered in natural brick, then you will most likely do whatever you can to avoid the room. By painting the brick and making the walls match, this will no longer be a problem.



  •  Paint removal is a pain. If at some point you want to remove the paint from the bricks, you are in for a surprise. Even with modern paint removers and thinners, removing the paint will take a lengthy and backbreaking process.


  • It is hard to get the paint into every nook and cranny. Look closely at the bricks and you will see the many uneven sections and bumpy surfaces on them. Even if you prep the surface properly by cleaning it well and using a layer or two of primer, you are still in for the difficult task of getting paint into every nook and cranny of the bricks.