Enchanted Mommy

80’s Fireplace Redone – White Wash

We are still in the process of updating our home.  As mentioned before, it was a short sale that needed TONS of “help”.  It was at the top of our budget, so we slowly have to update.  This project only cost $43 and so many people have commented on how great it looks.  I got the idea here from my favorite home blog, The Yellow Cape Cod.

Here’s the fireplace before:


I hated the black brick showing with the 80’s red.

Here’s the process:


Step by step process:

1. Go to Sherwin Williams and get a gallon of white Cashmere paint.  You can only get it in a gallon, that’s the only way they sell it.  You will also need a paintbrush if you don’t have one.  Make sure you check online for a coupon, I found a 30% off paint one!

2.  Remove mantle and clean your fireplace out.

3.  Clean off your fireplace by vacuuming it well.


3.  Mix half paint and half water.  You really only need like a pint so your container doesn’t need to be that big.

4.  Start Painting.  One person brushes and another comes behind with an old rag (we used one of my husband’s old white t-shirts) to smooth things over.

You can tell we had a lot going on at once.

You can tell we had a lot going on at once.

It was that easy!  I wanted it white washed so you could still see the brick through it.  You can always add less water or do an extra coat.  I’m SO happy with it.  I would love a new mantle, but that isn’t quite in the budget just yet.

Looks completely different!

Looks completely different!

The whole project took less than three hours.  WHY DIDN’T I DO THIS SOONER?!?!  I love it and I love it even more because we did it ourselves!  Thank you Yellow Cape Cod!






  1. Debbie

    Nov 01, 2018 at 9:27 am

    That is absolutely beautiful. Did you have to seal it?


  2. Sheila Goode

    Nov 26, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    I love this ! You make it super simple.
    Single mom with teenagers, I don’t have time for complicated.
    The real picture of family life is adorable. Thank you.


  3. Jennifer

    May 06, 2019 at 10:47 am

    I did this to our fireplace wall and it looks amazing! I don’t know why I waited so long but I’m so glad I finally did it.


  4. Heather

    May 29, 2019 at 10:12 am

    This looks great. Was wondering what happens when you use the fireplace and soot get around the it? Does it easily wash off? Or if you try to wash it off, does it take off some of the paint? Please advice – thinking of doing this for a client and don’t want issues after completing the project. Thanks!


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