Josh and I are almost two months into homeownership. We are generally loving it, but oh wow is it so much work. We’ve had some awesome highs (moving in and celebrating our first Christmas here) and already some lows (discovering mice in the basement and going through 300 million leaf bags thanks to trees with literally all the leaves – thankfully we’ve survived both).
One of the first things we’re tackling in our new home is some of the comestic chanes. We moved into a house with brown ceilings and a living room with glitter walls. Getting things a little more neutral, and changing the color scheme from browns and tans to greys and whites was our first priority.
Whitewashing a fireplace is a surpringly easy DIY project. In just a few hours, and under $50 you can totally transform your fireplace brick from blah to crisp and clean.
How to whitewash a brick fireplace for under $50
Whitewashing a brick fireplace is quick and easy to do! In just a few hours (and less than $50!) you can completely transform your space with this fun home DIY.
- Paint bucket
- Wipe down the fireplace with a rag to remove any dust
- Pour paint into a bucket and mix with equal parts water (more water if you want a more sheer look, less water if you want an opaque look)
- Brush paint onto the surface of the brick
- Wipe the painted brick with a rag to smudge the paint for a softened "whitewashed" look
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What the fireplace looked like when we started. It had so much potential but definitely needed some love.
Josh painting the top of the fireplace. We went with a paint specifically for whitewashing fireplaces. You just add equal parts water and get painting. This made whitewashing the fireplace super easy. As did investing in a good paint brush. Seriously, don’t skimp on paint brushes!
What the fireplace looked like when we were done!
It’s truly a night and day difference! Since we finished this we’ve also had the ceilings, cabinets and walls painted. I can’t wait to show you guys an entire room before and after! That’s coming soon!
Questions of the Day: Do you like the whitewash fireplace look? Do you do a lot of DIY projects?
Jackline Munene says
Great work! I love the result. I also can’t imagine the people before had glitter walls haha
Mary Livingston says
What an improvement! Great job!
That’s such a cool fireplace! Great work.
Beautiful work! I’ll be giving this a try!
WOW you guys did an amazing job! Your fireplace looks amazing and I can’t believe how inexpensive that project is!
Helena Marz says
Amazing work! I love the whitewash fireplace look and it gives more of a fresher updated look! I do enjoy house projects when I am in the mood for it. Keep up the great work on your home!
I’ve seen quite a few people do this to their brickface fireplaces and it always comes out so beautiful! I love the cost effectiveness of your project too.
Oh wow! That fireplace turned out beautifully! And what a great price!
This looks wonderful. My In-laws have an old 70’s stone looking fireplace and I’m wondering if it would work with that as well. Some of the stones are a bit darker than others.
Azanique Rawl says
Okay, this looks incredible! I didn’t know this was so simple to do by yourself.
I love the after! It looks so good and just in time for Christmas. You guys did a great job.
Nicole Flint says
You guys did a great job! Love projects you can do yourself at home!