Whitewashing brick fireplace?

Karen WondergemOctober 20, 2013
Hi all, got a new house with this massive brick fireplace. The red and mauve paint will go, but am thinking of whitewashing the fireplace for a beachy/shabby feel. The room does not get a lot of light. Thinking of wainscoting also. What do you all think?
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Karen Wondergem
I would love comment feedback as well!
    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 6:36PM
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Judith Holt Design, LLC
No question. I would whitewash it. It is too imposing as is.
4 Likes    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 6:40PM
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Karen Wondergem
Imposing is a perfect word.. It's huge and takes over the whole room. My goal is more "coziness".
    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 6:43PM
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7j Design, Ottawa
I really like the brick on your fireplace. I would get rid of the red colour from either side of the fireplace and let the fireplace pop by contrasting it. Right now there is too much of distraction from all the colours around it..
1 Like    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 6:47PM
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Karen Wondergem
I agree, the red is a bit much. There is a lot of neutral tan and gray in the house.
    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 6:51PM
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pegonia1
Paint the wall first and then see how you feel about the brick. I happen to like it as is.
4 Likes    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 6:59PM
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raineycarole
Wainscoting would make the room look too chopped up.
3 Likes    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 7:22PM
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Karen Wondergem
It's a really short room. I can take three long strides and get to the fireplace. Beadboard maybe?
    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 7:25PM
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kristylou
For beachy you must whitewash that fireplace! :)
1 Like    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 7:44PM
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Barbie
I agree with a few others above. Keep the brick and get rid of the red. I love the fireplace and it would look great with gray or beige walls.
2 Likes    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 8:17PM
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Maguire
I like the brick, would change the red walls and the faux pink marble painted in the middle.
1 Like    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 8:48PM
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Karen Wondergem
This the point of reference for the whitewashing idea
2 Likes    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 9:13PM
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Inna Brodkin
you can just paint the bricks light stone color, or the same color as the wall. they would still retain the brick texture but the whole combination would look light and modern.
3 Likes    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 9:32PM
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DeCocco Drapes
Whitewashing the walls will be like turning on the lights--go for it. Actually, I wouldn't whitewash it, I'd fully paint it white. It would tone things down and modernize the wall, while still leaving some texture.
2 Likes    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 7:21AM
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Karen Wondergem
The room definitely needs light- it's very dark and is the first thing you see when you open the front door.
1 Like    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 7:24AM
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Karen Wondergem
Hi everyone, project whitewash is under way! Here is a sneak peak. Full pics and details to come when curtains are up. I have to say? I love it!
4 Likes    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 5:46PM
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Michael Lee, Inc
yes white-washing in progress, good for you!
1 Like    Bookmark   December 2, 2013 at 5:56PM
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Meghan
Once the red is gone, I think the space will be brightened up. I'm a fan of natural brick :)
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