Whitewashing our brick fireplace

Lots of love for this guy right here! My husband came through with his (January) Christmas present to me: whitewashing the brick fireplace. And it came right in time for chilly weather earlier this week! So we broke it in with some s’mores and stories before bedtime 🔥🍫📚.

And this was an act of TRUE LOVE, because my husband didn’t really want to change the brick at all! He liked its original, rustic, authentic state. But he loves me, sooooo I win 😀. He first dusted (and even vaccumed) the brick surface. Then he applied water all over the bricks before scrubbing with water and a bit of dish soap, especially to remove any soot stains. After making sure it was dry, he used this paint in “pure white” with a flat finish. He started out with a 1:1 ratio of water to paint, but it was still much too white. So he thinned it out…and thinned it out. Finally we got to the shade we were looking for, but it was a drippy hot mess! Okay, not hot, but very wet and drippy! I joined in, sopping up the sprays and splatters with towels as he used a paintbrush in one hand and a rag in the other (for evening out the coverage). And now we know why it’s considered a white “wash” 😆.

If you’re going for a similar look, the ratio ended up being closer to 3 parts water to 1 part paint. And another thing my husband just reminded me to mention, is to expect leakage underneath your drop cloth. His taping efforts didn’t have much of a chance with the watery consistency of the paint. SO–just be aware that you may need to be extra vigilant when it comes to sealing off the surrounding area. But I’m so happy with how it turned out! I love a clean slate for decorating and I feel like it better matches the overall vibe of the room as a whole. 

So thanks, babe! Merry Christmas and Happy New fireplace to me. Now I get to go shopping for decór to compliment the new mantle 😏. 


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