How to Color Wash Brick

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How to Color Wash Brick
Colour bricks white or rainbow hues with whitewash. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Giving brick walls and fireplaces a dose of colour is typically achieved with paint, a variety of which is produced especially for masonry. However, these speciality 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 colour the whitewash to just about any shade.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Bucket, large (25 to 50 gallons)
  • Hydrated powdered lime, 5.44kg.
  • Table salt, 0.907kg.
  • Powdered pigment in desired colour
  • Water
  • Wooden dowel
  • Large paint brush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Spread newspaper below the surfaces to be painted to collect drips. Use painter's tape to cover areas you do not want painted.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Apply the mixture to the bricks using a large paint brush. The thickness of the wash will affect its opacity and colour deepness; the thicker the coat, the more opaque and bright the colour.

  4. 4

    Allow to dry overnight. Dispose of used newspaper and painter's tape.

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