Whitewashing outdated brick is a quick and simple makeover with an amazing impact to your space. Whitewashed brick also pairs well with most wall colours and it does wonders to update a room and create a gorgeous focal point.
WHAT IS WHITEWASHING?
A whitewash technique is basically using watered down chalk paint. You can change the consistency of the paint and water mixture and therefore change the coverage by using different ratios of paint to water. Brick is very porous and will absorb some of the paint/water as you go. So this is why a watered down application of chalk paint works best. It will require several coats of paint, with the drying time only 20-30 minutes this makeover can be done in a day.
Whitewashing will not give complete coverage, allowing some of the underlying brick natural colour to peek through. This gives a very Earthy, coastal, and farmhouse vibe.
Wipe down the brick with a mixture of water and a few drops of dish liquid to remove dirt or stains before painting. Rinse with a clean rag and water and allow to dry.
This can be a messy job so make sure the surrounding area is protected with drop sheets. Always pour your paint into a separate container, never add the water directly into the paint can this helps avoid contamination.
Pour 2 parts Daisy Chain and 1 part water into a container and thoroughly stir.
You can use an old paint brush for this project especially if the brick is not smooth and has ridges and crevices, you don’t want to damage a new brush.
Brick is porous, so you have to do a combination of brush strokes to get the paint onto the surface. You will find that the brick will absorb some of your paint so you may see more brick colour peeking through as the paint dries. Just keep putting on more coats until you achieve the desired amount of whitewash colour.
It’s that easy!