Today I’m so excited to share my favorite project we’ve done to the house so far, whitewashing the fireplace!
Let’s start with the before:
It’s a funny thing about my house- the very first time I looked at pictures of it online – it was HARD to look past some of the outdated features
Oh yeah I watch Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop with the best of ’em but it was still hard to get past looking at those pictures.
Then, the crazy thing happened..
We added it into the queue of houses to check out with our realtor one afternoon and INSTANTLY knew it was the house for us.
The outdated features I cringed at in the photos literally sank into the charm areas of my heart in a way I didn’t know could happen.
It goes to show – you can’t judge a house by its pictures.
One thing you should know about me is I may have an obsession with painting things white.. Seriously. I also love the look of painted brick. But that being said the old fireplace had charmed me.
The different colored bricks, while not really my style, were whimsical and I didn’t want to lose that charm by painting it white completely.
Doing a whitewash of the brick was the perfect solution for our fireplace!
For anyone who doesn’t know, a whitewash is created by mixing equal parts white paint and water. We actually did one part white paint, two parts water because I was worried it would be too light. (It will look quite a bit lighter before it dries)
In hindsight, it would have saved us time doing a 50:50 ratio. Instead that time was spent painting over bricks again with the mix until it was light enough..
That’s a good technique if you’re really trying to have precise control over the paint coverage but on a large area like our fireplace it was just more time consuming! Learn from me! 50:50 is the way to go.
We got just about everything at Home Depot. Here’s what we used:
-Behr Ultra White paint
-A paint brush (or two, we each had one.. cause the fireplace is b.i.g.)
-Paint roller kit
Jason was so kind as to set up the floor barrier.. and O’Malley the cat had to check it out right away.
My cats always want to be involved.
Isn’t that brush gorgeous? So watered down paint can be quite drippy but this tray made the messiness pretty minimal.
I honestly think my cats had a challenge to see how many times they could pop up in this blog post.
Here’s me putting in some work, Jason and I quickly realized we should both paint at the same time to speed things up. This isn’t a quick task when you have a big old hunky fireplace like we do. You can already tell what an improvement it’s making 🙂
And the finished product:
What do you guys think? I am lovin’ the way it turned out!
It was an inexpensive project (less than $60) and it took us pretty much all afternoon and into the evening and we started at noon.. 🙂
More after pictures to come and side by side comparisons! Thanks so much for viewing today.