Brick Fireplace Makeover - Going White!

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2 Hours

Let's face it...white is in!

Whether your style is modern, farmhouse, French country, traditional or shabby chic, white is a great way to lighten your space.

Many times it's just white paint with existing decor that will completely change the design and style of the space. White is airy, pure and breathes freshness into a space.

Take a look at how we changed living rooms by simply painting the fireplace white.

Prep and clean the surface of red brick.

Please watch video tutorial on how to clean, prep and paint brick using lime paint. Lime paint is unique in that it is absorbed into the brick and doesn't create a film on top of the brick but leaves a natural contour. 

Before - Red Brick

Step 1 - Clean and prep the area for paint. With lime paint you will want to spritz water on the area for best absorption. Then you begin painting in random strokes unlike traditional paint.

With traditional paint you want to paint carefully to avoid heavy brush strokes. With lime paint it absorbs into the brick and the random strokes give it mottling and movement.

After - Lime Painted Brick

Step 2 - Notice how white lime paint completely changes the look of the room.

Lime Painted Brick Fireplace Makeover

How to Lime Wash Brick

This video is demonstrating the beautiful finish you can achieve using lime paint over brick. Lime paint is unique in that it is absorbed into the brick and doesn't create a film on top of the brick but leaves a natural contour.

Suggested materials:
  • Lime Wall Paint   (
  • Block brush   (
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  • Trudy Heywood Trudy Heywood on Jun 09, 2017

    I've already spent 2 hrs trying to find the lime paint! It wasn't at Lowe's, Ace, and another hardware store. Guess I'll try the website you posted.

  • Jjorutili Jjorutili on Jun 09, 2017

    Your project turned out BEAUTIFUL! Can I use Lime Paint on the exterior brick foundation of my house? Where can I buy it? Thank you.

  • Velma Meister Velma Meister on Jul 15, 2017

    What product did you use on e lower area of the mantle hat has the beige marble look.

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  • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Aug 06, 2017

    Though I haven't done it yet, I think my only affordable options are to paint the brick and tile the marble. I'm not in a rush. My whole house screams 1958'ish so it's OK. It isn't garish.

  • Nan48861456 Nan48861456 on Mar 29, 2020

    I’ve contemplated painting my fireplace for years. The problem is, it is a craftsman fireplace all wood and the trim and baseboards all around the house are wood. Any thoughts on do I paint just the brick or the entire fireplace? Any suggestions would be helpful.

    • JH Wall Paints JH Wall Paints on Aug 06, 2020

      Hi, you could lime wash the brick on the fireplace and then use lime wash on the wood as well. We sell it on our website at - we are happy to help instruct too. Email me at