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New Home Owner Make overs: White Wash Fireplace

If the first time you stepped foot into your new home you thought “oh wow, I need to whitewash this” then this information is for you. One great advantage to a white wash exterior surface inside the home is the brightness and that like-new-look white can add to the environment. Sometimes the piece you are whitewashing can even become the centerpiece of attention. This is why a fireplace is such a common piece for white washing.

Sherman Williams Paint

We are an advocate of using a high quality company for paint supplies such as Sherman Williams, but there are other great options out there. Sherman Williams is a national painting company and has residential, commercial, and all other kinds of amazing & rich paints. As a paint contractor, I have always loved the quality and longevity of Sherman Williams paint and the same applies with white wash painting.

When You Finally Get To The Painting Project

So whitewashing a surface inside your home likely is not the first project on your list if you are just buying the home, so skip a few projects forward and here we are, on the whitewashing project.

Likely, your fireplace is going to have smoke damage, possible peeling paint, pointing up that is needed, and other defects that can affect your finished project. We will not cover those things in this post, we will assume you have taken care of those things and are ready to whitewash your fireplace.

White Wash DIY Supplies

  • Interior Satin Paint – in a light/medium gray of your choosing
  • Interior Matte Paint – in Ultra Pure White
  • Paint Brushes (angled, medium to stiff bristles)
  • Handy Paint Cup
  • Old Towel Rags
  • Paint Tray
  • Drop Cloth
  • Painter Tape
  • Painting Sponge

White Wash Painting Prep Process

Before painting, wipe down the stone to make sure it is clear of any dirt and dust. The time this could take is from 10 minutes to an hour.

STEP 1: Pour a measured amount of the gray paint into the paint tray and then add the same measured amount of water to the paint. You can choose the measured amount, but always make sure you use equal measurements of paint to water, if you want to thin the paint. If needed, feel free to switch it up, depending on your taste style. If you need to make more mixture, make sure you follow the same measurements you did the first time, so the mixture is the same over the entire fireplace.

STEP 2: Start on the left or right of the fireplace and start painting. Depending upon how the paint covers in your next batch of paint use less or more water in your paint mixture.

Consider the following paint motions: X-like motions, circular motions, and stippling. 

Before moving on make sure, all of the porous areas are covered to your desired effect. The hardest part is often stippling into the porous areas. Expect to spend as much as half a day on this first part of the project.

STEP 3: Let the fireplace dry overnight.

STEP 4: Similar to step one, when you’re ready to start your white mixture coat, be sure to experiment with it first. 

Mixtures can be too thick or too watery, so make adjustments with your mix as you paint.

STEP 5: Repeat the steps from the first coat of mixture. This part of the painting process can take another half day if you are slow and meticulous.

Remember There Are Many Strategies To WhiteWashing

This is one way to whitewash over stone you no longer want to see the original colors of. If you want to see the original colors shining through your white wash, then you’ll just sponge on a light white color onto the stone. Make sure you always practice in an area that is not seen, because white washing is fairly irreversible. It’s not like you can just hook up a hose in your home and wash it off! So make sure you figure out on a piece of cardboard or similar stone to see how dense or light you want the white wash overlay to be! Good luck and may you get that fireplace you see in your dreams!