How to Whitewash Brick (5 Quick & Easy Steps)
Whitewashing brick can be a quick and easy way to improve the look of old worn-out brick on the interior and exterior surfaces of your home. We will help by explaining a little about what whitewashing is and providing you with a step-by-step tutorial to complete the task as quickly as possible.
Join us while we cover all the bases to help you achieve this attractive old-world finish in any home.
What is Whitewash?
Originally, whitewash was a hydrated builder’s lime that’s not as easy to acquire as it once was. You can still find it for adjusting the pH of garden soil, but it’s dangerous to your health, so modern whitewash does not use it. Current whitewashing is typically latex-based, is much safer, and doesn’t produce as much odor as traditional methods.
There are acrylic-based whitewash brands like the one that Giani makes that you are welcome to substitute for the one we will be using, but it’s more expensive and may require additional steps.
1. Prepare the Work Area
2. Prepare the Surface
If you are whitewashing an exterior surface or a basement with a finished floor and good drainage, you might choose to use a power washer to remove the top layer of dirt and prepare the brick for whitewashing. However, if power washing is not practical, you’ll need to clean the brick by hand.
3. Prepare the Whitewash
4. Whitewash Your Wall
5. Touch Up
Whitewashing brick is not difficult if you follow these five steps. We prefer the latex paint to the traditional limestone method because it looks the same and is better for your health. Vintage whitewashing is also unsuitable for high traffic areas because it rubs off easily, which doesn’t happen using latex paint, so you can also use this method on floors, shelving, and other surfaces. Acrylic-based whitewash works well but is expensive, so we would only recommend it for external surfaces.
We hope you have enjoyed reading over our look into this attractive brick painting technique and have decided to use it to improve your brick surfaces. If you learned something new and think it could help others, please share this guide to whitewashing brick on Facebook and Twitter.
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