How to Whitewash a Brick Fireplace

Whitewashing a brick fireplace can brighten and add character to a dated room.

The sheerness of the whitewash paint lets some of the original brick colors show through and gives the fireplace a unique look that many people love.

Whitewashing is basically diluting white latex paint with water and lightly coating the surface of a wall or fireplace. It’s an easy project and can be done in just a weekend.

Materials Needed

It’s important to start with a clean brick surface, or else soot stains will show through the whitewash.

Clean The Bricks

Before you begin, you need to clean the bricks. Mix a little TSP, or Trisodium Phosphate, with water and use it on a scrub brush to clean the brick surface and mortar joints between.

This is important to remove soot stains and create a clean surface so the whitewash will adhere well.

Diluting the white paint will allow the brick’s color to show through the whitewash.

Create Your Whitewash Mix

When the bricks are completely dry, mix up your whitewash. We’re using ordinary flat white latex paint mixed with water at a one-to-one ratio.

Dampening the bricks with water on a paintbrush before you begin will help them absorb the stain more evenly.

The key technique when whitewashing a fireplace is to be “consistently inconsistent.”

Apply Whitewash

Begin applying the whitewash lightly until you get a feel for the bricks’ texture. In this case, they have a rough surface, so dragging the brush over them lightly leaves lots of nooks and crannies with the natural brick color.

If you apply too heavily in one area, some can be dabbed off with a rag. When it’s complete, the surface should vary from light to dark, creating interest in what was a bland brick wall.

Watch the video above for more information!


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  1. I watched the white washing a brick fireplace video. I was hoping you would mention how to seal the brick so soot would not build up on the white bricks. I ave already white washed my fireplace but have not used it for fear of it getting dirty

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