How to white wash brick

When we first purchased our 1980’s fixer upper over a year and a half ago, I knew as much as I loved the wood burning fireplace, I didn’t love the dark brick.  I decided I wanted to white wash it instead of fully painting it all white, and I’m so happy I did.

Here is the before:

fireplace

As you can see the brick and even the mantel and wood pillars were incredibly dark!

I started by taping everything down and getting my supplies set out: a brush, old rags, water and white paint. I made a mixture of half water and half paint and used my brush to paint it on. I used my rag to wipe off however much paint/water mixture I needed to remove. The more brick you want to show through, use more water in your mixture.  However, the less brick you want to show through add more paint.  I ended cutting up one of my hubby’s old tshirts to use for rags. I went through quite a few of them, since they just soak up the paint. I did this project after the kids went to bed! It was super quick and easy and I love the outcome!

After! Doesn’t it look more fresh and bright?!

Hope this helps! I’d love to see what you guys have white washed!

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