So maybe Katy Perry’s boyfriend wouldn’t mind my latest paint brush victim, but the hubby was totally “Mhhh” about the transformation. Which sorta bummed me out; and then I got over it because I love it so. Guys! Check our whitewashed brick fireplace.
Can I share with you how fun and easy this project was? Duh, that’s why I’m here.
To get started, you’ll need to gather your essential ingredients.
- White Paint from your paint cabinet
- Handy Paint Cup that has been well loved
- Old Paint Brush that has also seen better days
- Paper Towels
- Plastic Bag to gather paper towels
Any latex paint will due for this project. I always keep a quart can of Sherwin Williams ProClassic Interior Acrylic paint in my paint cabinet. You know for any trim touchups or cabinet scuffs. So I used this paint. I also grabbed an old Purdy paint brush. You can use a stiffer brush if you want fuller coverage, but I wanted the chippy look and didn’t care to get in every nook and cranny of the brick.
The key to whitewashing brick is your paint to water ratio. Most articles that I read while doing my research suggested a 1:1 ratio. I, however, wanted the red of my brick to bleed through more, so I went with a 1:3 water ratio. Make sure to mix it up really well.
Cover and tape off as much as you possibly can that is exposed to the brick. Normally I don’t advocate the use of so much painters tape or tarp, but in this case, you’ll need it. Your paint is super thin because of the water.
I suggest you start on the side, just to get your technique down. And as is my case, to make triple sure that I wanted to whitewash my brick.
Ready? Set? Whitewash!
The technique is quite simple. Load your brush and whip off as much as possible in your can. When you think you’ve unloaded it enough, whip some more. Trust me.
Start with painting the grout of your brick and then the brick itself. Use your paper towel to dab off the paint on the brick. I did the entire fireplace facing working row by row, dabbing with my paper towel as I went.
Then you stop and take a picture of your cute toddler because, well, she wants her picture taken.
And then you start the second coat, this time just working along the brick. Continue to dab with your paper towel.