I just moved and had a 1990s era house renovated. I knew the red brick fireplace had to change too!
I had leftover flat wall paint (Sherwin Williams Extra White) that I mixed half and half with water. Watch out, it's drippy! I vacuumed and wiped down the brick but didn't worry about soot stains. I then taped off around the fireplace and insert.
I used a decent but not new synthetic brush. The brick is a little hard on the bristles. Stir your whitewash often, and you may have to use a combination of brushing and dabbing to work the paint into crevices. Don't stress over areas not matching. You'll be back.
After two coats I went back over areas that were too dark. If an area had too much paint, I sprayed it with water that diluted the color wash and wiped it with a rag. The entire project was done in about three hours. Cost was zero as I had all the materials, but estimates are below.
This really changed the look of the whole room and I love the depth a wash gives over just painting the brick!
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- Flat wall paint, one quart, $12
- Synthetic bristle brush, $7
- Masking tape
Published November 11th, 2017 11:07 AM
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Pat pacdits on Feb 05, 2018I just did mine today. Very happy with the results
i have a wooden mantel color tan what color for the fireplace