After living in our house for 6 years it was about time for our fireplace to get a facelift. I was just going to paint the brick white, but after seeing many pictures of white washed brick I changed my mind. Imagine that!
I normally use all Sherwin Williams paint, but decided to just use cheap white eggshell paint from Home Depot since I was watering it down anyway.
This is how it looked before.....
(not bad, just not my taste)
I started out by clearing the fireplace off and removing the mantel. I then vacuumed the brick to get any cob webs and dust off. I taped off the edges with frog tape and laid down some towels (it gets super messy!)
I started first with equal parts of paint and water. I used a paint brush (Purdy is my favorite!) and started painting. This is where it gets messy. It's easier if you paint the mortar first then go over the brick. Make sure you have a towel close by to wipe off any drips. (remember I said it's messy!) It may look like your just painting the brick but the paint will soak into the brick quickly, allowing some of the brick to show through. I went over the entire fireplace and let it dry. This step took about an hour for the first coat.
Now, was the hard part. Do I leave it or paint another coat? I decided it needed another coat. This time I did 3 parts water to 1 part paint. After applying the second coat and letting it dry I knew I made the right decision.
Here is what it looks like now...
Here's a side by side..