Our fireplace has always been an eyesore for me. Although it was built very well in it’s day, no matter how much I scrubbed it, it still looked dingy and outdated. Time and time again, I tossed up the idea of completely painting over it white, but I didn’t feel as though it was the right structure and design to look polished in a solid color. So I just left it. Then a few weeks ago after taking pictures of a piece of furniture I had whitewashed, the idea struck. I could definitely whitewash my fireplace, or at least die trying. I did a test strip underneath the hearth which quickly turned into a two hour project. I used a white stain that was left over from painting our fences but any white paint would work, as long as you dilute it with a little water. Make sure to clean the fireplace before hand with soapy water and a scrub brush and let dry overnight.
All you need:
- ugly stone or brick fireplace
- white paint or white stain
- old rags
Step 1 Mix your paint and water. It’s always best to add more water, because you can always add more paint if the stain is too transparent. Do a test spot. Brush the diluted paint over the stone. Make sure to press the bristles into all the cracks and corners.
Step 2 Use a dry rag to rub away the access paint from the stones.
I forget how ugly it was until I see the pictures. This was how dirty it was before, not to mention the orange warm tones and smoke damage up the front.
This was after only a couple hours! As a diy’er, this was the most instantly gratifying project I have done in a long, long, long time. It looks way more chic and modern and I love how it still has some subtle color and texture differences in the stone. Oh the things you can transform with a little paint!
Take a nap in a fireplace, and you’ll sleep like a log ~ Ellen DeGeneres