How to Refinish Brick Fireplaces

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Rather than covering up a faded brick fireplace with home decor or walling it up, restore the bricks to their original shine. You don't need any masonry experience and the project just requires a few supplies. Within an afternoon, your old, faded brick fireplace will have new life.

Things You'll Need

  • TSP
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Sponges
  • Brick and masonry cleaner
  • Paint stirrer
  • Polyurethane elastomeric sealer
  • Paintbrush
  • Pour 1 gallon of water in a 5-gallon bucket, then add 12 oz. of TSP.

  • Clean the brick fireplace thoroughly with the mixture using a stiff-bristled brush until the grime and dirt is completely removed. Rinse with plain water and a sponge. Allow the bricks to air dry.

  • Rinse out the brush and 5-gallon bucket, then combine 6 parts of water with 1 part of brick and masonry cleaner. Mix together with a paint stirrer.

  • Scrub the brick fireplace with the water/masonry cleaner mixture to restore the shine. Allow the mixture to soak in for about 15 minutes, then rinse with plain water and a clean sponge.

  • Brush on polyurethane elastomeric sealer with a paintbrush to seal the bricks on the fireplace. Allow it to dry as long as recommended by the manufacturer, then use your fireplace as normal.

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References

  • "The Complete Guide to Renovating Older Homes"; Jeanne B. Lawson, et al.; 2009
  • "Reviving Your House: 500 Inexpensive and Simple Solutions to Basic Home Maintenance Issues"; Alan Dan Orme; 2001
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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