(DIY) How to Paint Red Brick Fireplace to Look Like Stone

If you’ve got an old outdated red brick fireplace that needs a makeover, you’ve probably wondered how to paint a red brick fireplace to look like stone.  There are several methods to achieve the “stone” look for a brick fireplace with DIY brick fireplace painting.  Refinishing your fireplace with natural stone colors such as tan, taupe, beige, cream and gray can give a realistic stone look without looking like you just slapped on a coat of paint to cover up the ugly brick.

Transform your red brick fireplace to look like stone

Painting fireplace brick to make it look like natural stone is not as hard as you might think. Check out these faux painting techniques that give brick the look of stone:


Brick-Anew All Inclusive Paint Kit: Making Your Brick Fireplace Look Like Stone

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The Brick-Anew Fireplace Paint Kit is a great place option if you’re new to DIY, or even if you’re not.  The easy- to- use kit includes five shades of latex paint product to get the look of natural brick or stone instead of a “painted” look.  All the tools you need to do the project are included and unless you have a huge fireplace, the project can be completed in just a few hours.  The process involves painting on a base coat and then using a roller or sponge to add undertone colors.  The result is a natural stone look. Red Brick Fireplace with Natural Stone Colors


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Whitewashing Brick

You can make your brick look like stone by whitewashing.  This technique lets some of the natural color or your brick show though.  Pour equal parts white latex paint and water in a container and mix.  Use a spray bottle to mist bricks and then use a wadded cotton cloth to wipe the thinned paint mister over the moistened bricks.  

Whitewashing brick fireplace to look like stone


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Stylish whitewashed fireplaceBefore and after natural stone fireplace project

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Brush some primer and accent with tan or gray paint


If you feel like you can wing it on your own, you can brush on some primer and accent with tan and gray paint to get a stone look for your brick.  Through some trial and error you can experiment with paint colors that match your room’s decor.  Using a sponge or a cotton cloth, you can dab on the paint shades a little at a time until you get the look you want.

For more information, tips, and ideas for fireplace painting, visit our Fireplace Painting Resource Page.