Jen and Ben

Fireplace Transformation

Fireplace Transformation

Once we got the shiplap up and that gross yellow wall GONE, the fireplace stood out like a soar thumb. I do love the red brick, but this red brick was definitely taking over the whole room. Was making a bold statement thats for sure. So, we decided to "white wash" it. Our thought process was that if we didn't like the white wash, we would just paint it white. 

What's white washing you ask? It's a technique to make brick look a little more rustic and less bold in color. 

Here's our before picture. We taped the whole thing and got this bad boy ready to be white washed. Its a messy process so we recommend a drop cloth  (there will be LOTS of drips). 

Here's our before picture. We taped the whole thing and got this bad boy ready to be white washed. Its a messy process so we recommend a drop cloth  (there will be LOTS of drips). 

We grabbed a container and filled it with roughly 1 part paint 2.5 parts water.  You want it to be a little bit runny. 

We grabbed a container and filled it with roughly 1 part paint 2.5 parts water.  You want it to be a little bit runny. 

We started on the bottom of the fire place (I recommend it) because it was SO runny, it drips everywhere. So we had a rag in the other hand to clean it up as we went.

We started on the bottom of the fire place (I recommend it) because it was SO runny, it drips everywhere. So we had a rag in the other hand to clean it up as we went.

Once we started applying paint, the rag caught the drips but ALSO we wiped/blotched the areas we painted with the rag to give it a more white washed look. (WHITE WASHED LOOK IS MORE OF A FARMHOUSE/RUSTIC STYLE)

Once we started applying paint, the rag caught the drips but ALSO we wiped/blotched the areas we painted with the rag to give it a more white washed look. (WHITE WASHED LOOK IS MORE OF A FARMHOUSE/RUSTIC STYLE)

Ben working so hard, and me to of course (taking pictures is a lot of work). 

Ben working so hard, and me to of course (taking pictures is a lot of work). 

Believe it or not, this took us around 4+ hours (with two of us at it). We also did 2 coats because the red brick behind it was so dark.   At the end of the day,  we took a step back and we decided we wanted to go all out and paint it just plain white.  So GOODBYE whitewashed look.    

Believe it or not, this took us around 4+ hours (with two of us at it). We also did 2 coats because the red brick behind it was so dark.

 

At the end of the day,  we took a step back and we decided we wanted to go all out and paint it just plain white.  So GOODBYE whitewashed look.

 

 

The most time consuming part was getting into every little crack between the bricks which is what took up most of our time. It probably also took us two coats to get it coasted nicely!

The most time consuming part was getting into every little crack between the bricks which is what took up most of our time. It probably also took us two coats to get it coasted nicely!

We were going for a crisp finished look, so Ben decided to spray paint that gold you see.

We were going for a crisp finished look, so Ben decided to spray paint that gold you see.

Beautiful right? I'm glad we decided to go all white. I think because our brick was so red, when we put the first layer of white (white washed style) it actually made our fire place look blue! Going full out white made it clean, modern, and lovely! 

Beautiful right? I'm glad we decided to go all white. I think because our brick was so red, when we put the first layer of white (white washed style) it actually made our fire place look blue! Going full out white made it clean, modern, and lovely! 

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