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Question DetailsAsked on 8/31/2016

Replacing fireplace should I paint walls after or prior to replacement

Just took popcorn ceiling down and retexured walls and ceiling now replacing fireplace with new brick and tearing out old Sheetrock and tile fireplace should I wait to paint walls until
After fireplace in place

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Generally speaking, one tries to work top-down - first tearout (which you actually do bottom-up IF salvaging the removed materials - like flooring, then wall panels or T&G siding finishes, then special ceiling treatments like metal panels or such. If disposing of it, generally done top-down to avoid getting a lot of debris in the wall cavities.

Then on the remodel - top down for the surface covering (drywall), with in-wall and through-ceiling items like utilities and chimneys first, then ceiling drywall, then wall drywall, then any subfloor levelling compound. Texturing would normally be done after both ceiling and wall drywall is up - but if only ceiling is being textured some prefer to do it after the vapor barrier (if any) is on the walls but BEFORE wall drywall is up, to avoid roughness on the walls from texturing splash.

Then top-down again for the final finish (paint/stains/etc) - ceiling first (though ceiling and walls are commonly primed together), then any in-laid panelling or tiles on walls, then wall paint (trim goes in before painting if getting same paint, commonly after if different paint or stained), then flooring.

Because the fireplace replacement will almost certainly involve at least some peripheral damage to the drywall, and is quite messy as well, I would prime the ceiling and wall drywall first to give it some protection, then do the new fireplace and cover it with protection, then finish paint the walls, then flooring.

Personally, were this job just getting started rather than partly done, I would have removed the old fireplace and done the chimney/fireplace work FIRST, then replaced any drywall needing that (to get proper fit around the fireplace), then the texturing so it matches up well at the fireplace edge or trim, then painting from top down - all while the fireplace was fully encapsulated in 6 mil poly sheeting to protect it. Leaving the texturing till after the fireplace would protect it from damage during the fireplace work.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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