I love the distressed look of white wash. In Bachelorette Pad Flip #1, the fireplace was super dark (and dirty), and I opted to paint it a pristine white. In this house I’ve chosen more distressed elements, and I knew a pristine painted fireplace wouldn’t complement the distressed floors. So I chose to do a white wash on the brick fireplace.
In this photo from Bachelorette Pad Flip #1, pristine white matched all the white trim and lighter elements. Painting a fireplace a pristine white is a very easy process. Whitewashing a fireplace is even easier!
When painting a fireplace a pristine white, you need to prime and paint (several) coats. Fortunately, when whitewashing it’s not near as labor intensive. I chose a latex white. In particular, I chose this paint:
I have a rather large fireplace and hearth, and it did not take the entire gallon. I suggest buying an empty paint can that they sell at Lowe’s that way you can store your excess whitewash. To create the white wash mixture, mix approximate 3:1 paint and water. It’s not an exact science, but it is important to have more paint than water in the mixture. To apply the whitewash mixture, I suggest NOT using a sponge roller (even a sponge designed for brick). Instead, use a heavy-duty bristle brush. The first coat will hardly make an impact; however, I painted two coats and reached the desired results.
In order to contrast the whitewash and the wood grains in the floor, I am keeping the mantel the same color (I just haven’t hung it back up yet). Since the walls have now been painted a High Noon blue, the fireplace stands out even more. I love it!
The entire process took a little over two hours. I could have done a third coat to further mask the creamish bricks, but I liked the color showing through. It mimicked the floors well.