Now I know why everyone wants to redo their fireplace and why a whitewashed brick fireplace is such a big thing!
I didn’t hate my fireplace before, but I didn’t love it either.
When I was at Menards a while ago trying to find some supplies for a current project we were working on, I got sidetracked and found some chalk paint spray paint. I love spray paint and I hear so much about chalk paint, so I picked up a couple bottles with the idea of re-doing my fireplace mantel in mind. And I picked up a pink one, for no reason other than I really like pink.
Let’s take it waaaayyyyy back to what it looked like right when we got the house:
I guess now that I see this picture I should have been wanting to change the fireplace ;P
But it didn’t look that bad after we fixed up the living room a bit a couple months later in the fall:
Whitewashed Brick Fireplace
But it all started with the mantle. First I did the mature, responsible thing and covered anything that shouldn’t have paint on it.
Then I used a white chalk paint and did a couple coats.
I didn’t think it looked “chalky” and I wasn’t a huge fan of the stark white
So I took some brown gel staining and rubbed it on the mantle with a cloth. I love this gel stain! I also used it on the garage. More on that later.
Tada look at that mantle!
I mixed the paint with equal parts water. Basically, I just mixed it until it looked good and liquidy.
Tip: When painting your fireplace, the best way is to paint it over the brick with a paintbrush, then blot it with a cloth. All the blogs I read said it took forever. I really didn’t think it took that long, maybe 1 hr 30min for the whole thing. But I also had to be somewhere, so that deadline could have helped.
Don’t just paint over the brick, because it won’t look as natural. Unless that’s what you’re going for…
But don’t just blot it either, unless you have 6,000 years to paint the fireplace. Unless that’s what you’re going for…
Here it is! It gives it a french country look.
What a difference! After painting it I didn’t realize how dark the room looked before. Since I have so many rich colors in this room I didn’t want it to always look like Christmas. Having it white gives it an all-around season appeal.
I’m still playing around with the mantle and seeing what decorations I like…maybe simple is better!
Let’s look at the before and after again
*Update- We sold our house! See what our living room looks like now*