Whitewashed Brick Chimney

4 Materials
3 Hours

Giving a traditional brick chimney a much needed facelift by cleaning and painting it white with a spray bottle.
This chimney was original to the house; built in 1979. They used new bricks that were ‘faux’ aged with paint. This is still an active chimney. We are looking at it on the second floor, and the stove that was here was removed years ago and the hole plugged.
Day 1
The first step was brushing with a whisk broom and then thoroughly vacuuming the surface. Notice the subfloor? We had removed the carpet and primered the subfloor in preparation of putting down new flooring. Now seemed like a good time to start a messy project. 🙃

The next step was easy. After taping off the plug, I mixed white latex paint and water in a plain trigger spray bottle. 1 part paint, 2 parts water. Shake to mix, then spray away! I decided I liked the whitewash look, and stopped with just one layer.
Day 2
After the bricks were dry, I taped around the plug so I could paint it, too. I used a brush for this, and two coats. To get better coverage.
1 Week Later
After the paint dried—I gave it a few days to cure—it was time to decorate! I chose an inexpensive doily that I very carefully attached to a frame made from a paper plate. Then I sprayed with a gray spray-paint. (From a can, not a trigger bottle)
Finished. I like the fact that some of the original colors show through the white. It brings character to the room. My family says the room is much brighter, just with this easy change!
Materials==one trigger sprayer, 8 oz of interior latex paint, 16 oz water. I used some paint and painter’s tape left over from the walls. The bottles are available at most hardware or big-box stores. If I hadn’t found a doily in a box of extra linens, I probably would have gone to the nearest dollar store. I happened to have a can of cheap gray spray-paint on the shelf. Using what’s already on-hand is a plus—its economical, and they don’t last long on the shelf, so there’s less waste.

Suggested materials:

  • 8 oz white latex paint  (Rodda paint)
  • 16 oz water  (Kitchen tap)
  • Qt Size Trigger spray bottle  (Amazon)
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Mary
    on Mar 6, 2019

    did you cleanthe brick first

    • Christi Joyce
      on Mar 6, 2019

      Hi Mary,

      No, I did not. I just swept and vacuumed. If they had been grimy, I would have cleaned them. Thanks for asking!

  • 32662796
    on Mar 7, 2019

    How did you keep the paint off the mortar?

    • Christi Joyce
      on Mar 7, 2019

      I didn’t. The mortar is porous; it absorbed the paint. If I had added another coat or two it would be white. Good question!

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  • Wendy
    on Sep 20, 2018

    I love the new look. Fresh and bright!

  • The Snarky Princess
    on Mar 12, 2019

    Wow! What a wonderful transformation. Thank you for sharing this with all of us readers.

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