Hello friends! As you may or may not know, I've been working on fixing up our basement. I've already painted the concrete floor for a quick fix and now I'm tackling the fireplace!
DIY Limewash Smear Fireplace
We are blessed to have two fireplaces in our home, which I love! I actually don't mind this red brick at all, but it's on the whole exterior of our home as well, so I felt like mixing it up in this space.
The product I used to do my limewash smear is this Classico Limewash in the color Avorio White by Romabio. They have many different colors to choose from. I purchased it at Home Depot and was able to do my large fireplace with one quart! I also purchased a cheap plastic putty knife set to apply the limewash. Once this product is applied, you have five days to make adjustments or wash it off before it's fully cured.
To get started, I just scrubbed the dark areas with some warm soapy water and a scrub brush.
The limewash is thick like a putty. I didn't dilute it like it says you can, because I didn't want the mess of painting it on and then scrubbing it off to get the distressing. I just wanted to smear it on and be done and it really was that easy!
I found dipping my finger in the limewash and going over all the grout lines was the easiest way to get a cohesive look.
Then I used my smallest putty knife to scoop a little limewash on to my medium sized putty knife and scraped it right on the brick.
So easy, right!? You really cannot mess this up! My only tip is to not start in the same spot or the same direction on each row of bricks. I mixed it up with each row to make sure they all looked random.
I wanted more brick peeking through in some areas over the next few days, so I just scrubbed those areas with a warm wet rag. It was super easy to make adjustments!
For the hearth, I followed the directions on the can and diluted the limewash with water in a foam cup (1:1 ratio). I wet down the concrete, then just painted the limewash on.
This is with one coat on the hearth. I had to do three coats to get full coverage, as pictured below. It dried super fast (like 20 minutes), so I was able to get it finished pretty quickly. It's not chalky either - just a matte finish like the original concrete!
I also decided to paint the wood wall my fav white (Sherwin Williams Alabaster) to brighten up the dark basement! Click here to see the rest of our home.
What a difference! I still have a ton of work to do down here, but am super pleased with the cozy vibe so far! 🥰
Jacx on Oct 21, 2020
Had to go back and look to see why you left that section unpainted. It's to hang your mantel on for support. Either that or for a t.v.
Really nice job. I detest that red brick color! I adore used brick and you made it look like that. Very pretty. Like the idea of a removable panel. Most fireplaces are garbage anyway. They suck heat out unless an insert is used. Every dumb house in cali has a stupid fireplace, like it ever got that cold! I boarded mine up and built a book case on each side. You'd think I'd hung a dead dog on the wall! Waste of much needed wall space.
In Iowa we often have Aga stoves that actually heat a room! It gets cold here!