Transform A Brick Fireplace With A White Wash {Before & After}

I decided to white wash the bricks because I wanted to see some texture and color variations. I was slightly terrified to begin, so I started out with a 2 parts water/1 part paint mixture. You can see how that looked below the mantel. It just made the bricks look dirty. And there was too much pinky-peach coming through. After I did the 2:1 ratio, I went back with a 1:1 ratio and it was much better. I used a little bucket, a cheap paintbrush and a rag. I painted on and wiped the excess off. It is very important to get the paint in the crevices. Doing this makes a big difference. After the second coat was dry, I went back and dry brushed over the bricks with a X brush stroke. This brightened the bricks just a little bit and the X strokes made everything look a bit more random. I'm thrilled with how it turned out! I even made a "tent" out of plastic and spray painted the gas logs insert right in place. The difference is astounding!
An amazing fireplace transformation!
This is the before.
You can see one layer of 2:1 whitewash below the mantel and a second coat of 1:1 above the mantel
This is the tent I made out of plastic for spray painting the gas logs insert.
Didn't it turn out fabulously?!

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  • Carol Bartels
    Carol Bartels
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Did you also paint your paneling?
  • Samantha
    Samantha
    on Jun 16, 2018

    I,M WORRIED THAT I HAVE SOME UNSIGHTLY CEMENT ON QUITE A FEW PARTS OF MY FIREPLACE.....

    HOW DO I GET IT OFF ? X

  • Beth Bailey
    Beth Bailey
    on Oct 24, 2020

    Quick question, what made you decide NOT to paint the brick in front of the fireplace? Looks great but just thinking about options🤗

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