White-Wash Fireplace Makeover

This room is the reason we bought the house!  I instantly fell in love with the character and charm  that it gave to our 1970's home.  A large, floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace with built-ins and a vaulted ceiling with rustic wood beams...I mean...what's not to love, right?  

But my favorite thing about this room was the POTENTIAL!!

This project is SUPER EASY! A little messy but so worth it.

Supplies:

  • White Paint (I used Sherwin Williams Extra White)
  • Water
  • Cup or bowl to mix paint in
  • Paint brush
  • Lots of rags

First, mix equal parts white paint to water.  Then start by painting one brick.  Wait a few minutes for the paint to really soak in to that brick so you can determine if this white-wash ratio of paint to water is to your liking.  If it is, great keep going.  If not, add a little more water or a little more paint and keep testing in small areas, allowing time for the paint to absorb. 

 Pardon the mess but home renovations are anything but glamorous. Here is the fireplace after one coat.

Pardon the mess but home renovations are anything but glamorous. Here is the fireplace after one coat.

As you start painting you'll notice that the paint will drip.  Since you've watered the paint down, this is normal.  Just dab any drips with your rag.  Be sure to catch them before the paint dries!

Make sure to paint not only all of the bricks but also paint the grout lines.

The fireplace had a brass surround.  I painted over it using Rustoleum's High Heat black paint and a foam brush.  Worked great and it was a really easy fix.

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The built-ins got painted white and I painted the inside using Behr Anonymous paint.  Love how the contrasting gray really pops out the bookshelves.  

That's pretty much it.  Such an easy project with huge reward.  The whole room has been transformed and feels so much lighter and bigger.  

 

 

 

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