What is the easiest way to give a fireplace a white washed look

Helping my friend redo her fireplace. She wants a whitewash look. I want shelves brightened to match.
q what is the easiest way to give a fireplace a white washed look
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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jan 28, 2018
    These days, most whitewashing is done with diluted white paint. If you want just a light coat, use 4 parts water to one part paint. 50/50 would have a heavy frosted look. And 1:4 water to paint would cover almost all the rock with white with some rock showing, like an Italian plastered wall that is beginning to crumble. Choose your look and start mixing. ☺️

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 29, 2018
    I agree..........water down Emulsion will do the job.....

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jan 29, 2018
    Remember, you can never go back if you don't like the painted brick look. Brick is porous, and it will take a lot more diluted paint than you think.
    I'd rather see the brass painted black. The bookcase painted white and a larger white mantle with the brick left alone.

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    • 2dogal 2dogal on Jan 30, 2018
      Of course your reply would be in that vein. You claim to be a painter - more jobs/money for you. Let the questioner decide. I just gave my opinion and an alternative... BTW: I'm a gal.

  • Nancy Nancy on Jan 29, 2018
    I agree with Sal. White bookcase, white mantle, black brass and leave the brick, or "grey" it.

  • Brenda Trainor Brenda Trainor on Jan 29, 2018
    I just watched an episode of Home Town and she white washed the fireplace. 1/2 latex white and 1/2 water. She wire brushed and then swept fireplace off and applied from top to bottom with a large (looked like a car wash sponge) and dabbed the brick. Looked very nice, she wanted to tone down the red brick colour. It worked

  • Patsy47 Patsy47 on Jan 29, 2018
    Also!! Spray paint the brassy screen a bronzed shade or black....have fun!

  • Jaxs Jaxs on Jan 29, 2018
    Also on that same show I saw and you could use it also paint the shelves and put wallpaper on the back of them just for color and some interest. .also what's above your mantle a mirror? To small, mantle to small need to be chunky. Picture maybe. .and please move the TV wrong place.

  • Barb Barb on Mar 11, 2018
    I personally would paint the fire 🔥 place a light grey and the mantle white and that bookcase paint that white and take out one of the shelves (center one) and add the tv into that to make that whole wall a focal point and it will brighten the room up and turn the sofa facing or at an angle. White washing is a lot of work being brick is porous and tends to give it a dirty look next to the dark bookcase.