How to whitewash our dated fireplace?

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We have a beautiful wood burning fireplace in our livingroom. I finally convinced my husband to let me white wash it, to update it. Just wondering what I should know before I get started? What type of paint I should use, do I use a brush or rags? Etc.

Thanks for your help!
q how to whitewash my dated fireplace, fireplaces mantels, how to
q how to whitewash my dated fireplace, fireplaces mantels, how to
So first I mixed my paint, and tapped off anything I didn't want to get paint on. The mixture was about 50% water to 50% water based paint. I started at the top and worked my way down. Any dripping that was happening I made sure to wipe so there were no streaks.
q how to whitewash my dated fireplace, fireplaces mantels, how to
Top done! looking good I must say!
q how to whitewash my dated fireplace, fireplaces mantels, how to
After all was said and done, it took about 10 hours from strart to finish. with a 2 hour nap in there as well...we all need a break right? but im very happy with the end result!
q how to whitewash my dated fireplace, fireplaces mantels, how to
 Our first fire since the whitewash, everything just seems so much brighter! We are very happy with this DIY!
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