DIY Projects for Couples to Enjoy

Fireplace with limewash
Nothing kills the mood like an outdated fireplace surround! Enhance its look with limewash!

2. Limewash a Fireplace

A fireplace makes any bedroom feel warmer even when it’s not in use, but a dated fireplace surround can quickly kill the mood.

Whether you’ve made over your bedroom and just haven’t gotten around to the fireplace, or you want to transform your fireplace to kick off a modern master bedroom makeover, there’s an easy DIY project for it: limewash!

Limewash is a thick, clay-like material that you mix with water. The amount of water you add determines how thick or thin the wash will be.

If the bricks have soot on them, clean them with a stiff-bristle brush, then mix the limewash solution until it’s smooth and free of lumps.

Next, use a spray bottle to dampen the bricks one section at a time. And, working from the bottom up, spread the limewash solution onto the bricks using the stiff-bristle brush or masonry brush. Go ahead and get a good coat on the mortar joints as well. And, if necessary, use a paintbrush to cut in around the mantle or other obstacles.

After about 15 or 20 minutes, you can begin distressing the bricks. Lightly spray the surface with water before using a sturdy rag to wipe off the excess paint, exposing some of the bricks’ color. Your preferences will determine how much or how little you remove. Continue this process across the fireplace, working on a two- or three-square-foot section at a time.

Don’t worry about making mistakes — this DIY project is very forgiving. Limewash is removable for up to five days so you can easily clean it off and try again!


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