White Washing the Fireplace

One of the first things we did upon move in was to paint the fireplace. In case you couldn’t tell, the town home originally had severe Tuscan vibes all throughout – with a plethora of oranges, greens, and browns. The fireplace was one of those focal points that we knew we wanted to get more updated. Our solution? White washing the bricks. The bricks in the “before” part of the picture clearly show a lot of dark and earth tones. Given that we had just gone with the Repose Gray throughout the home, we opted for a standard white wash. The process couldn’t have been simpler, actually. We used equal parts white chalk paint and water (i.e. a 50/50 mixture of the white chalk paint and water), and simply painted it onto the bricks judiciously. The only key is to make sure you clean the bricks first with a lightly soapy water solution to “clean” the bricks and rid them of any topical dirt and dust. Once dry, simply apply the white wash mixture with thick bristled brushes (and finer brushes if there are small enough crevices). Then, viola!

See below for the “before” and “after” comparison:

Before (Top) and After (Bottom) – in case you couldn’t tell!

Let us know what you think!

Til Next Time,


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