How to Whitewash a Brick Fireplace:
- Before doing any work, use painter’s tape, masking paper, and drop cloths to ensure paint only ends up on the brick.
- Mix a flat, water-based paint with water in a bucket at a 1:1 ratio.
- Paint the watered-down paint onto the brick with a wide paintbrush. 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 paintbrushes can all be found at home centers and paint stores.