Things You Will Need
- Painter’s tape
- Bucket, large (25 to 50 gallons)
- Hydrated powdered lime, 12 lbs.
- Table salt, 2 lbs.
- Powdered pigment in desired color
- Wooden dowel
- Large paint brush
Giving brick walls and fireplaces a dose of color is typically achieved with paint, a variety of which is produced especially for masonry. However, these specialty paints have a tendency to peel or rub away and require frequent touch-ups.
For maximum effect with minimum maintenance, whitewash and a mixture of lime and salt can be used to paint bricks, resulting in a finish that can last decades. Adding powdered pigments allows you to color the whitewash to just about any shade.
- Spread newspaper below the surfaces to be painted to collect drips. Use painter's tape to cover areas you do not want painted.
- Pour the lime, salt and pigment into the bucket. Add water, stirring constantly with the wooden dowel, until wash has the consistency of a milkshake.
- Apply the mixture to the bricks using a large paint brush. The thickness of the wash will affect its opacity and color deepness; the thicker the coat, the more opaque and bright the color.
- Allow to dry overnight. Dispose of used newspaper and painter's tape.