As opposed to how it usually comes across, whitewashing brick is not as complicated as it may seem. With a few easy instructions from here, you're good to go.
Whitewashing brick wall increases the beauty of your walls and also lightens up the room. The process is really simple and it does not cost you much. You don't have to call professionals for it.
Initially, it might take a little time for you to get the hang of it. However, in a few minutes, you'll know exactly what you're dealing with. Let's now start with the instructions.
Interiors or Exteriors
Remove all the furniture present if you are whitewashing the whole room. If you are whitewashing just a section of the wall, then remove the furniture present in that section. If the furniture is fixed, cover it up with old newspapers or cloth.
Next thing that you have to do is clean the whole wall properly, specially if you are whitewashing your fireplace. For this, you can use soap water and a sponge or a piece of cloth. Clean the wall carefully, making sure that you leave no dirt or dust. Now, allow the wall to dry properly, before you start applying the whitewash.
A recipe of whitewash varies. But the basic ingredients of the whole thing remain the same. These are: a mixture of ivory hydrated lime and regular table salt. Usually, the amount depends upon what you are going to whitewash. Mix this lime and salt with water, and make a batter-like solution; it may resemble batter of a cake. Mix well.
Finally, it's time for you to whitewash brick. Either use a paint brush or a roller to apply the whitewash, but it's better if you use the paint brush instead. This will allow you to apply a less amount of whitewash at a time and that in turn will help you to customize the look of your wall.
One important tip that you can keep in mind is that you can apply a small amount of whitewash and allow some of the bricks to show. That will give your house a more authentic look.
If you feel that you have applied more whitewash than what is required, then you can use a sponge to wipe it off. Check your handiwork and see whether or not you have applied the whitewash properly and if you feel that you have missed out some spots, work on them immediately. Now let this dry for a day or two.
Weren't these steps simple? And how much did you have to spend? If you want to give a slight tint to your whitewash, you can also add a pigment of your favorite color.