My DIY fireplace makeover. Step one: Scrub the entire fireplace (it had a lot of soot) Used equal parts vinegar & water and a rag. Step two: Mix equal parts of white latex paint and water. Step three: Paint! Brush on paint and wipe off excess. Did mostly one coat (two on some darker bricks) Last Step: Painted inside with heat resistant black paint. This should have been the first step, but I protected the brick well and it worked. Done!!!
Here’s how Klemm did it: White paint with an eggshell finish was brushed on in small sections, and then wiped down with rags to remove most of the paint. (She did two coats like this, to achieve the lightness she was looking for). For a finishing touch, she sanded over all the bricks with a medium grit sanding sponge. This brought touches of the original color through and gave her the rich texture she felt was missing after the whitewashing.
Don't like your dark red fireplace? White-Wash the brick!! "Super easy. You just water down paint and paint it on. I would paint a small section then wipe it off a bit with a rag. It took a couple hours. Not bad." -- Amber Dickey Photo Awesome job and a great way to lighten up a room and add a fresh look to an old fireplace. Thanks for sharing Amber!