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 Although it was built very well in it’s day, no matter how much I scrubbed it, it still looked dingy and outdated.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.