-Sherwin Williams Latex Cashmere Paint – Medium Lustre – Luminous White
-A Paint Brush
This project should take you NO more than 3 hours to complete. Tops. Here is how we do this, my easy peasy way.First, remove the mantlepiece. Then, using a mixture of equal parts latex paint and water, apply it carefully to the bricks, being certain to have someone else or yourself follow behind you with a rag to remove any excess. After just ONE application, you should be rather pleased with the results here. You can, however, use multiple coats by just very simply repeating the whole process again and again, as many times as you need to to be satisfied with your whitewash.
The whitewashing technique allows the variation in the color of the bricks to show through. Brick is EXTREMELY porous and absorbs paint unevenly, which is a very good thing, in this example anyways. It will basically create for you a beautiful, aged finish full of character. All brick is different. All I am saying in this project is that you might want to spot test this on an inconspicuous spot on your brick material BEFORE you attempt to tackle this project. This will ensure that you will be fully satisfied with the end results. I would personally try the spot test under the mantle, to be safe. However, if your mantle CANNOT be removed and your intention is NOT to paint it, you might want to cover it with plastic and tape to prevent drips, unless your mantle is the very top and start of your fireplace. And, if you were looking for a long, drawn out tutorial this time, you won’t find it here. This project is WAY too easy for me to try to complicate it for you, my dear readers. Happy Decorating!