DIY White Washed Fireplace

DIY White Washed Fireplace

We finally updated our fireplace! It was seriously bothering the shit out of me. Like everything in my living room looked nice and updated and this fireplace was just a huge centerpiece eyesore. I couldn’t stand looking at it anymore.

It took us a year to do it, but seriously, it was so EASY I don’t know why it took us so long to get it. I think I was just intimidated by painting it and thought I would go bad. Tbh, there is no way hell you could go wrong with this project if you want to update your fireplace. All you do is water down some paint, paint each rock and crevasse at a time, and blot off the extra paint and streaks with a rag as you go to even out the color.

Eventually, we will get to installing a whole new mantel, but until then this will work! This project probably took us anywhere from 2-3hrs. We didn’t really keep track of time. This would include prepping the surface and allowing dry time to put stuff back on our fireplace.

I looked on Pinterest everywhere and that’s how I got the idea to do it! Here are a few of the resources I used.

Kelvin Ekberg - Fireplace Whitewash Video
How to: Faux Brick Wall Pinterest
How to Paint a Brick Fireplace Pinterest

I hope you all try some renovating ooor, DIY in your hope! It’s so much fun and so much cheaper! And not to mention pretty gratifying to see what you can accomplish and do. If have any projects you’re working on, I’d love for your to share them with me I love when you guys share your projects and recipes with me!

Materials Needed:

  1. Painters Tape

  2. Garbage Bags

  3. Saran wrap

  4. Paint of choice

    • ours was a plain wait satin finish from our old projects

  5. Water

  6. Bucket or bowl for mixture

  7. Paint brush

  8. Towel Rag


  • Start by taping and covering everything you don’t want to get color on.

    • Cut your trash bags/saran wrap to the lengths of every part you want to cover

      • We covered the walls, mantel and fireplace opening.

    • Use the tape to attach the trash bag/saran wrap to the surfaces you don’t want to get color on

      • be sure to get the tape as close to the edges that meet where you do and do not want paint to get.

  • After taping off surfaces that you don’t want to get color on, wipe down the fireplace and all surfaces that will get painted to remove the cavas from dirt.

  • Any type of container, mix water and paint in a 4:1 mixture

    • we used a dry wall mud container and filled it half way

    • In our case for water, we filled our container about half way with water (2 Cup) and added about a our paint quart of the amount of water we used (1/2 cup).

  • Use your paint brush the mix the mixture up evenly

  • starting at the top of your fireplace, fill in the crevasses surrounding one rock and then the rock itself, one by one.

  • After you have finished painting that portion of the surface, take your rag and blot off any excess war that is dripping or left on the surface.

  • Continue to do this until the entire fireplace is done.

  • Repeat this step if you would like to add another layer


  • Please keep in mind the amount of water and paint you use may vary depending on the size of your project. our’s was about 10x8 surface that we had to cover.

  • If you want your overall outcome to be more transparent, where you can see more of the original color show through, use more water than paint and vise versa until you reach a desired color.

  • Do a patch test before applying to the entire surface

  • We did a patch test where nobody really could see if we made a mistake at the bottom of our fireplace