By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Painting a brick wall to some people is heresy because they think the authentic, rugged look of brick and grout adds character to a room. But others see exposed blotchy bricks as an unattractive surface. To down play the brick in a room - for whatever reason - painting it is an inexpensive trick designers have used for years, especially in commercial buildings.
You will need to wash the brick with a detergent solution, then rinse it to remove any residue and let the surface dry. Then you 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 the two topcoats, the first 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 $164 to paint a 10-by-8-foot high wall, which includes labor and material. This is a small job, so you may have to pay more to get a painter to do it. In any case, you can do the job for $75, which includes the primer and paint - a 52 percent saving.
You may need a third coat if you're painting the brick the same color as surrounding walls; it'll depend on just how porous the bricks are and how much paint soaks into them.
Here's advice from Behr Paint Co. about How to Paint Brick.
The average price to paint a brick wall noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.