Whitewashed Brick Fireplace

by Sarah
2 Materials
1 Hour
If you are looking for an easy update with a lot of impact, a whitewashed brick fireplace is right up your alley! This update is fast (like 1-2 hours), cheap (free even if you have leftover paint), and crazy transformative! Below I’ll share with you the process I used to whitewash this brick fireplace.
Before and after of whitewashed fireplace! Makes such a huge difference to modernize a space!
First thing you need to do is prep the surface. With brick, there really isn’t a whole lot of prep. I would recommend just going over the brick with a broom or a vacuum to remove any dust or debris. Then use painters tape to tape off the edges between the brick and the walls and/or floor surface. And that is it for prep! Doesn’t get much better than that!

Next up is making your whitewash solution. I had some leftover white satin acrylic paint on hand and mixed that with a little water. The ratio I use is approximately 75% paint and 25% water. If you want less coverage, use more water and less paint. This isn’t a super strict ratio, so just play with it a little to get the mixture you want. Keep in mind here, a little goes a long way! Like literally a red solo cup worth of whitewash should do your whole fireplace. I mixed in an old Easter bucket here and had way too much and had to find a way to dispose of the extra. Learn from my mistakes people.
Now it’s time to get started with the application! So so super easy. Just take any paintbrush, dip it in the whitewash, paint it over the bricks and try to get into all the little cracks and crevices. Before it dries, use a clean cloth and dab away any extra paint. This allows some of the base color of the brick to show through which gives a nice color variation. If you want more coverage with your paint then you can either skip this step or go over all of it with a second application of whitewash.
Because you are wiping away the excess paint, work in small sections. That said, this process goes very quickly! Just keep trucking along and you’ll be done before you know it!
That is literally the entire process. It honestly could not get any easier. I did my sister’s large fireplace, start to finish, in about an hour and a half. It cost us zero dollars. And, I must say, I think it completely transformed the way her living room looks! If you’d like a quick video tutorial on the whitewash application, check out my  Instagram story highlight s to see the process.
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  • Kim Sobaszek Kim Sobaszek on Dec 31, 2020

    Did you whitewash the grout/mortar also?

  • Debbie Kalchik Debbie Kalchik on Nov 13, 2021

    Don't you have to use high temp. paint because of the heat from the fireplace?

  • Bee97847170 Bee97847170 on Jan 27, 2024

    I tried this and it is too dark based on the ratio of paint to water. How can I fix it?

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  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Dec 31, 2020

    I hate red brick inside a house. I love what you did to it. Great Job.

    • Donna Donna on Sep 24, 2021

      Thank you very much! I keep telling my boyfriend, that school 🏫 house red brick fireplace has to get a new look. He’s going to be gone an entire month driving his rig over the road… I’ll make the changes then.

      What this gal did to the bottom, and I want to box in the top with wood and hang my beautiful beveled mirror up there. What do you think? The mantel is a beautiful solid wood, so nothing to do there.

  • Debbie Petrilli Debbie Petrilli on Feb 07, 2021

    Oh my goodness it turned out absolutely gorgeous!!! It looks like a whole new fireplace!