How to Whitewash a Brick Fireplace

Whitewashing a brick fireplace is an easy way to change the style of your living room. We’ll show you how to achieve the whitewash look with two different approaches: watered-down paint and sponge painting.

00:25 – Repair mortar & prep the area
00:57 – Clean the brick
01:22 – Create the whitewash paint mixture
01:55 – Whitewash techniques
03:21 – Alternative sponging technique for painted brick

Canvas drop cloth –
Scrub brush –
1-quart bucket –
5-quart bucket –
Paint – (no color added)
2″ chip brush –
Cotton rags –
Sponge –


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29 Replies to “How to Whitewash a Brick Fireplace”

  1. Great job Ricky!! I love how whitewashing can preserve natural look of brick, but help change up the tone to fit better with personal decor preference! Solid tutorial Thanks!

  2. My question is how long will this last? Is this something I'll have to do every few years? I've heard something about bricks needs to breathe ????????‍♀️

  3. The description shows the chip brush and TSP, but no mention of the type of paint. You wouldn’t just use latex interior paint would you?

  4. What kind of paint do you use if you already have a painted fireplace – flat latex?

  5. I finally gave this a go and it turned out amazing. Really changed the room. Awesome video, great instructions.

  6. Very simple step-by-step instructions. I used this technique with a 3 parts water to 1 part paint and like the light cover. However, it looks a little "chalky." Any suggestions to make it look more…"permanent" and less chalky?

  7. I tried this method and now my fireplace looks horrible ???? i wish i would of used chalk paint instead of latex paint the latex paint wont come off the brick no matter how much i scrub and i dont want to use a paint stripper because of the strong chemical fumes.

  8. Nice tutorial. What color paint is on this wall? It’s a beautiful gray.

  9. Thanx for the video. Wonderful job. Is there any particular paint for this job or just regular paint?

  10. Thanks for the video! Love the look. Like an old French farmhouse. Will be doing this to mine. I absolutely hate painted brick, but this look enhances the brick as far as I'm concerned.

  11. This video was great, thank you! I painted our ugly red brick fireplace a dark brown 8 years ago, but I'd like it more distressed. I think white wash will do just the trick to update it a bit. Can't wait to try it out! ♥

  12. You should be using something better than the 75-cent paintbrush. They perform like absolute s***.

  13. Lemme ask..when you use the fireplace, will the whitewash get sooty? Love the look!! Thanx for this video.

  14. Wait I can’t find the description below to tell me what products to use

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