When we purchased our 1970s custom-built ADA accessible home out of probate, we were ecstatic at the price – but we knew we were in for quite a few repairs and updates. This home had not been well taken care of, but we fell in love with it for its Brady Bunch charm and 1970s state-of-the-art technology, which still remained intact.
One of our favorite projects was transforming the outdated fireplace with cheap bookshelves into a modern day focal point of the home.
Follow these steps below. You can easily complete this project over a weekend. We spent about $10 on brushes/rags we pitched afterward, as we already had leftover paint.
blue tape, a paint brush with very wispy bristles, SEVERAL clean rags, ladder(s) (as needed) and paint the same color as the wall (you are just going to mix it 1 part paint to 1 part water)
SAFETY FIRST: Always have someone help you with ANY ladder work.
Remove everything from the area
Use a quick-dry drywall filler for any imperfections left behind (as needed)
Sand and paint the side walls (we used a plaster-type product to match the rest of the home)
Use blue tape to protect anything you do not want paint to drip on.
BEGIN from the TOP and work your way down.
White washing is extremely messy and drippy. I was laughing so hard chasing all of the paint that was pouring down the cracks until I got my groove.
Use a soft bristle brush to apply the white wash (mix 1 part paint to 1 part water and stir with paint stick)
IMMEDIATELY pat any and all white wash that you have applied in order to prevent dripping.
You can always go back and apply another layer if you want to. I used two coats. They dry FAST because brick is VERY porous and absorbs paint quickly.
Voila! You are done! Put on your finishing touches, and enjoy your new fireplace!