Three and half years ago we moved into our new home which was built in 1978. The previous owners kept it up beautifully and started updating it, but there were still things I wanted to do to make it our own. My first DIY to tackle would be the fireplace. I went back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to mess with the interior brick surrounding the fireplace. While asking the opinions of others, some felt strongly about keeping the true integrity of the natural brick elements in the home. Others told me to go full on white. I can respect both, but my decorating style is a bit in between traditional and modern, so neither were appealing. Then, I discovered something that met in the middle: whitewashing. I was nervous to take the plunge. A little worried it wouldn’t turn out as I was hoping. I held off for a few months, but every time I walked by that old, dark brick it drove me crazy. It was time to research more and just do it. I did and I couldn’t be happier!
Below are step-by-step instructions on how to whitewash your brick in turn updating and brightening a true focal point in your living space for less than $100.
- You’ll need the following supplies to get started: A wide paintbrush, 1-qt multi-mix container, painters tape (optional,) lint-free rag, plastic drop cloth, interior white paint, stir stick and water.
- Tape off all areas around the brick and around the insert of the fireplace if you opt to use painters tape and place the plastic drop cloth around the surrounding area on your floor.
- Depending on how much white you want, the less water you’ll add. Start with a 3:1 ratio of water to white paint and stir well. You can always adjust or do another coat after if you decide you want it lighter. The brick will soak up the “paintwater” as it sits and will appear lighter at first.
- Start at the top and work your way down. Dip your paintbrush and paint over each brick, using your lint-free rag to wipe and soak up any drips.
- I also opted to paint the crown moulding white to add additional charm and really make it pop.
- That’s it! I did one coat and this only took me an afternoon to complete. So quick, easy and affordable! You really can’t mess this up!
Here is the before and after:
Good luck and please share your new fireplace with me, @clumsymomme, on Instagram!