To some people a brick wall is an eye-catching feature in a room; to others it’s an eyesore. While exposed, blotchy brick may be an authentic, rugged look that adds character to a room, others see a rough surface that detracts from the surroundings. An inexpensive trick we learned from designers of commercial spaces is to paint it.
Painting a brick wall is a good DIY job because there is wait time in between steps so you can schedule the process. First, wash the brick with a detergent solution, then rinse it to remove any residue and let the surface dry. Next apply a masonry sealer or primer to prevent the porous brick from absorbing the paint and improve the paint’s adhesion. We use a good quality latex paint for two topcoats; the first was applied with a wide brush to work the paint into the pores of the brick, followed by a final coat with a heavy nap roller.
A painting contractor will charge $205, which includes labor and material, to paint a 10-by-8-foot-high wall. This is a small job, with drying time in between so it requires two trips for a contractor. You have to pay a premium to get a painter to do it; another reason to do it yourself for $75, which includes primer and paint. You’ll pocket a nice 63% saving.
Depending on the porosity of the bricks and grout you may need a third application of paint for an even finish.
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