How Do You Drywall Over an Existing Brick Fireplace?

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Installing drywall over a brick fireplace helps to cover unsightly brick and give the home a modern feel. The entire process takes several days. In addition to drywall, you need masonry nails, joint compound, drywall tape and finishing tools.

  1. Remove any protrusions

    Old fireplaces sometimes have mantles, hearths and small shelves. Use a hammer and chisel to cut any bricks that protrude. Remove the mantle.

  2. Attach the drywall

    Use joint compound as glue to attach the drywall to the masonry. Drive several masonry nails through the drywall into the mortar between the bricks to hold it in place until the joint compound dries.

  3. Cut the opening

    Use a drywall knife to cut the opening for the fireplace, if you plan to keep it in operation. If installing a gas or electric fireplace insert, cut the opening to fit the standard sized insert and not the original opening. If you plan to continue using the fireplace to burn wood, consider installing fireproof tile around the opening to eliminate the fire danger.

  4. Finish the job

    Use standard drywall finishing techniques to create a wall that matches the rest of the drywall in the room. Once you complete the installation, paint the wall to match the rest of the room. If you removed the hearth, install replacement flooring in its place.