Looking for the easiest, cheapest way to update a brick fireplace? Here it is. Learning how to whitewash a brick fireplace is the one thing you can do in your home that makes a massive impact for very little money. It’s also super simple and only takes a few hours!
I posted a tutorial for how to whitewash a brick fireplace when I did the one at our last house, but I’ll give you the quick and easy version here. You wipe down your brick to remove dirt and debris—I used these sheets (affiliate link) and it was a super fast process—then you prepare your paint. If you google “how to whitewash”, you’ll find all kinds of recipes from using lemon to acid, but I’m all about doing thing the simple way! I always make my whitewash by creating a simple mix of 50% white paint, 50% water. I used latex paint last time, but this time I had Chalk Paint on hand so I used that. Both worked fine!
From there it’s painting time. I go brick by brick and work in sections—it’s important to make sure your paint doesn’t drip since it’s a bit more watery than usual.
It’s such an easy way to update your fireplace and give your whole room a lighter, fresher look. And, if you’re like me and in a season of crazy busy then you can do as I did and start this project 3 months ago only to finally hire someone to finish it in your place. 🙂 It’s okay, there’s a season for it all, right?
I also finally had a chance to get some of my books put in the cabinet next to the fireplace—all arranged by color of course! 🙂
I’m so happy with how bright and clean the whole space looks now…much improved! 🙂 Here’s a nice before/after shot so we can take a walk down memory lane. So much better!