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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{Mudroom Progress} Whitewashed Brick

Another obstacle I had to deal with in our mudroom/kitchen addition was the brick chimney for our furnace.  When we were planning the layout of this space I decided to keep the exposed brick, thinking I could later cover it in drywall or frame it out with shelves or lockers.  I went back and forth whether or not to keep the natural brick or lighten it up with a whitewash treatment.  In the end, I decided the natural brick was too dark and it needed to be brightened. 

This is the second time I've whitewashed brick, so the process went pretty quick.  I started by mixing equal parts paint and water then used a paint brush to apply the mixture onto the brick.  I find it easier to work in sections and brush the grout lines first then go over the brick.  It will be extremely runny and messy, so make sure you have plenty of towels on hand.  I also used the towels to wipe off the brick to remove any excess paint.
When you first apply the whitewash mixture the brick will look super white, but don't freak out.  Brick is extremely porous and soaks up paint quickly.
You can see as I was working down the brick the paint really soaked into the wall. 
I added too much water to my paint mixture (that's what I get for eyeballing and not measuring), so I went back and did a second coat on the first side that I painted.  The other two sides only got one coat of whitewash.  

There is still SO much to do in this space, but it's coming along one project at a time.  I REALLY want to plank the walls, but that will have to wait until phase 2 when we add the hardwood floor.  In the meantime, The walls will get painted light gray and I'll either add temporary flooring or do a paint treatment to the plywood.  I have two more simple projects to share in this room, then it's time to add the trim and paint.


  1. I love this Katie! It looks so much better white washed. I can't wait to see what the rest of the room is going to look like!

  2. It is beautiful whitewashed!!! Makes me wish I had brick in my house somewhere :)

  3. Wow! That's makes a dramatic difference. I love the effect and bet you're just thrilled with how it turned out. Thank you so much for sharing at Think and Make Thursday, Katie!