How to Whitewash Brick with Paint | Ask This Old House

7January 2019

Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique updates a fireplace surround with a whitewashed look
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Time: 2 hours

Cost: $100

Skill Level: Moderate

Tools List for Whitewashing Brick:
Paint Brushes

Shopping List:
Water Based Paint
Painter’s Tape
Masking Paper
Drop Cloths
Stir stick
Latex gloves

1. Before doing any work, use painter’s tape, masking paper, and drop cloths to ensure paint only ends up on the brick.
2. Mix a flat, water-based paint with water in a bucket at a 1:1 ratio.
3. Paint the watered down paint onto the brick with a wide paint brush. Immediately follow behind with a rag to dab off some paint until the desired effect is achieved.

For the fireplace, Mauro watered down a can of Ultra Spec 500 flat white primer, manufactured by Benjamin Moore ( He didn’t touch the firebox, but if he did, he would need to use a heat resistant paint.

The other materials Mauro used to paint the fireplace, including the buckets, rags, and paint brushes can all be found at home centers and paint stores.

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