Whitewashed bricks came out to white


I whitewashed the bricks with watered down Klitz stain blocker white paint and it came to white and looks almost Gray tint.

How can i fix it.

q whitewashed bricks came out to white
q whitewashed bricks came out to white
  18 answers
  • Em Em on Mar 29, 2020

    Is this the before or after picture? What are you trying to achieve? Do you want it white or more of a solid white. Why did you use Kilz? Kilz is made as a stain blocker/ primer. Use latex of chalk paint if you want to change the color. If this is the after it looks like you watered the paint down too much. Try a thicker texture and experiment on one inside brick to see if that is what you want.

    • Mercy Mercy on Mar 29, 2020

      Thank you. Didn't want it solid white just don't like the color. Was thinking of going over it with watered down off white or beige. Will experiment on other bricks i have.

      I did try scrubbing some off, but didnt work.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Mar 29, 2020

    HI! you could use some dark wax on it... like I did for my coffee table project:


  • Annie Annie on Mar 29, 2020

    This is a before pic right? Can you post the after pic so we can see the whitewashing?

    • See 3 previous
    • Mercy Mercy on Mar 29, 2020


  • William William on Mar 29, 2020

    You use Kilz primer. Go over with 50/50 water down acrylic white paint.

  • Beth Beth on Mar 29, 2020

    There are paints specifically for brick, so maybe try using one of those as an overcoat. Like these: https://www.homedepot.com/b/Paint-Exterior-Paint-Masonry-Brick-Stucco-Paint/Whites/N-5yc1vZbbbjZ1z140hb

  • Pau39570403 Pau39570403 on Mar 29, 2020

    I would use flat paint that matches the wall with a roller. I will look great. leave the grout plain as is. I used this in my family room. Was very happy with the results.

  • We painted our concrete with a paint from Benjamin Moore specifically made for cement and it was available in custom colors. I'm sure there is one for brick and it can be tinted to the perfect while hue...

  • Janice Janice on Mar 30, 2020

    It's frustrating when proects don't turn out as we envision them. Perhaps you can use a color (maybe beige) to bring back some color. Keep working with it until you get it to look like you want, maybe even adding in another color other than white or beige. Keep experimenting with the extra brick you mentoned until you love the result and the carry forward with the entire fireplace. I have confidence that you'll come up with a great look that you'll love. Any change from the red brick will be a BIG difference. Hang in there! You will succeed!

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 30, 2020

    I would take a wire brush to it to make it porous, then go over it with watered down PAINT not primer in whatever tone you hoped to achieve..... i.e. golden tone (base) white paint.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Mar 31, 2020

    Try to white wash again not using kills use reg pAint if that doesn’t help then you might need to paint it white

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Mar 31, 2020

    You could try to wet a scrub brush and scrub some paint off

  • Dee Dee on Mar 31, 2020

    Kilz is a primer and not meant to use alone. Get an eggshell paint mix with water if you want a light sheen. If not get flat ceiling paint and go over the entire thing again. You may need 2 additional coats for it to look really good. Play with the amounts of water and paint mixture to get a consistency you want.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Mar 31, 2020

    I think it looks awesome ! but if you like a bit more variation use some wire brush and distress a bit

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 01, 2020

    Kilz is a stain primer - here is another idea for you


  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 02, 2020


    If you want it to be white, then go over it with a white watered down emulsion or brick paint, but if you want it to be red again, go over each brick individually with a watered down red brick paint so you get just the depth of colour you want. Then use a sealer on the whole fireplace. Best wishes. If a job is worth doing then it's worth taking your time...................

  • Indeed, Kilz is a primer, not a paint. It really depends on what you’re trying to accomplish but you can go over it with more paint. Water it down less than you did the primer or the primer appearance will still peek through.

  • You could try stripping it and perhaps you can strip just some of it off and not all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fj3W2otrs0

  • Aimee Helser Aimee Helser on Dec 27, 2021

    Hi. I'm having the same issue now and was also considering going over it with a beige or taupe to bring the wall color into it. Did you ever end up doing that and if so how did it turn out?