How To Whitewash Brick

5 Materials
4 Hours

Brick/Stone walls are great accents in the home, but sometimes they need a refresh or "glow up" to better suit your current decor. That's exactly what I recently did.

I've changed the look and vibe of many rooms in my home by simply painting (see my other Hometalk posts for ideas and inspo)

Stone Arch Before
It was great to begin with...

I really love this stone arch in my entrway. We added it after moving into our builder grade home and it's been the main feature of our entrway. We love it, but it's something we did 15 years ago. Our style and decor has changed so much since then and it was time to give this arch a refresh.

Variation in colours
Prep the area
Preparing to Paint

Taping up the area around the arch was step one to refresh this archway. Use painter's tape to protect the surrounding walls, shelves, ceilings, or anything you don't want splashed by paint. I protected the hardwood floors with dollar store plastic table clothes. (They're cheap and actually large once opened up)

Materials needed

Gather your supplies after prepping the area. You'll need a paint tray, a plastic paint measuring cup, angled paint brush, paint, water, cloth for spills, and a ladder.

Mixing the paint
Time to make a whitewash

Making the whitewash is super easy. I used a 1:1 ratio of paint and water (equal parts of water and paint). I put 2 cups of paint and 2 cups of water into the plastic measuring cup. Then, I dumped it in the paint tray.

*I've seen many recipes for making whitewash, but this one was just the right amount for my projecy.

Basically, the more water you add to the paint, the lighter the white will look.

First coat
First coat of whitewash

The first coat made a huge difference. But since the original stone had so many colour variations, the first coat was looking very gray. So, I decided to go one more coat.

Since the paint mixture is watery, you should have a cloth handy for the drips.

Second and final coat
Second coat

What a difference the second coat made. Also, notice the plastic bags on my black wall?

To apply the paint on the textured stone, I had to use a circular motion to paint, thus creating alot of splashes.

Whitewash Complete

I love how it turned out and the huge impact this whitewash stone arch makes in our entryway. So glad I took the chance. If you're wondering what I would have done had I not liked it.... let's just say, I'm a risk taker. Annnnnnd, I probably would've painted it black😅

Suggested materials:

  • Paint   (Had already from previous projects)
  • Angled Paint Brush   (Home Hardware)
  • Plastic measuring paint cup   (Home Depot)
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Frequently asked questions

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  • Kay Kay on Sep 21, 2020

    What did you do with the blue storage unit in the foyer?

    • Jaswan Jaswan on Sep 22, 2020

      I think she took the pic from the other direction and then that blue locker area would be behind the pic- out of site on that picture shot


      Yes, it's from a different angle

    • Kay Kay on Sep 22, 2020

      I understand this was taken at a different angle. Did you keep it blue or did you change it?


    • Jennifer Jennifer on Sep 27, 2020

      I would love to see the after photo taken from the same angle, it helps so much more to see it that way. I'm also curious if the blue unit stayed blue or not. Can you show us?


      Yes, still blue. I'll share a pic


      It's still there, bad pic since it's day dark out

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 13, 2021

    The project cost only $20 ?

    What kind of paint did you use and how much of the can did you use altogether?


      Hi, yes because I had the paint left over from previous projects. And I used about half a can.

    • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 13, 2021

      Ah, it makes more sense now.

      Thanks for answering my question.

      'Love the archway. A sure example that your home is your castle.


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  • Mary Mary on Sep 23, 2021

    I don't post negetive remarks & I hope you don't take this that way! I love love love the colors of the bricks... the different browns, beiges, the green, the light burgundy... oh how I wish one of my arches in my living room had those colored bricks on them! They would have gone with my expensive art work... I purposely chose beautiful wood with accents & framed art with colored mats. There are a set of 5 green colored matted ones on 1 wall, a set of 2 & a huge mirror that have burgundy in them, and then another wall with a blue framed mirror and a blue matted picture. The only thing making me crazy about my living room is that I painted it white... & the ceiling is white... so so boring! The boring walls do make myself and others gaze up on all of the pictures, shelves and sconces, so the $1500 I spent on the 7 pieces of artwork, 5 mirrors, 11 beautiful sconces, and 5 shelves more than 14 years ago is to me so well worth it. I suspect that to replace all of this in today's prices, that it would be well over $2500, & that does not include the precious angels, pixies, elfs & Cappodimonte statues on the shelves. My regret is the whiteness of the room & then I did the same thing in my dining room, which has more art work, shelves, mirrors & sconces than the living room! I love the colors in the pictures, in the matted frames, in the gold leaf on the wood picture frames and mirrors, the different colored sconces... I never tire of it. My kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom & huge upstairs & downstairs hallway walls are all covered in beautiful colored artwork, but upstairs, we have color on the walls WooHoo! My advice to everyone young or old is to bring color into your home, be it thru color on the walls, or artwork. Buy the artwork you know you will never ever tire of, and a decade or more down the road when you gaze up at them, say to yourself, 'damn, that money spent was worth it!' (I am copying/pasting to my files your 'before' pictures, as it might be something I will do to to huge archways in my living room that go to the dining rm. and kitchen. I hope you remember where you bought the beautiful colored brick... do you? fingers crossed!) (I think I would have tried to talk you out of the white wash, but if I couldn't, I would have helped paint and caulk. Hope you don't regret it in the future, but alas if you do, then theirs turpentine LOL) (don't get angry with me... oh go ahead and get angry, I sort of live in the past, so your past archway would have pleased me so wel)


    That's actually a sweet comment. Unfortunately our contractor got us the faux brick. And I think you will absolutely love the arched brick in your space too. Goodluck ❤