For an easy fireplace upgrade you can do yourself, take a (web)page from Terri Klemm. The design pro and blogger transformed her dark and dated fireplace into something bright and beautiful by whitewashing the brick. Here’s how: White paint with an eggshell finish was brushed on in small sections, and then wiped down with rags to remove most of the paint. (She did two coats like this, to achieve the lightness she was looking for). For a finishing touch, she sanded over all the bricks with a medium grit sanding sponge. This brought touches of the original color through and gave her the rich texture she felt was missing after the whitewashing.
Exposed brick with a whitewash help set the casual tone in this family room. A large, plush sofa and colorful club chairs make for a comfortable spot to enjoy movie night or gaming sessions. French doors lead to the pool and patio outside.
Whitewashing the brick wall in this loft keeps the historic texture while lightening up the space. Neutral armchairs and a plump sofa provide seating while patterned drapes add a soft layer to the design.
The real show piece in the new living room is the newly designed but old-world inspired fireplace. The surround was built out using vintage bricks and covered in white mortar for a whitewashed and textured finish that makes it look as if it had been there for generations.
Clean and modern sconces add a contemporary note to the whitewashed brick fireplace, while a palm frond adds a touch of greenery to the wood mantel. A pair of modern hot pink armchairs are accented by chrome and flank a glam side table.
French doors topped with a curved transom window and framed with antiqued shutters offer delightful curb appeal to this country manor-style home in Atlanta, Georgia. Boxwoods in planters and window flower boxes add small pops of color against the whitewashed brick facade.
A small butler's pantry with sink, microwave and counter space make it easy to serve snacks for epic TV binge-watching sessions in the adjacent family room. The whitewashed brick wall matches the accent wall just out of sight in the family room.
Designer Kerrie Kelly's creative juices were flowing when she designed this ultra-cool living room in shades of yellow, gray and white. The room is reminiscent of a 1950's lounge, but with a slightly industrial flair, given the lighting fixtures, table and chairs and whitewashed brick accent wall. The space invites one to sit down, relax and have a cup of joe.
Whitewashed bricks contrast the custom metal-studded sculpture to create a unique finish on the fireplace. “It’s almost reminiscent of old ironwork,” said designer Tiffany Brooks, whose inspiration for the finish was a pair of fishnet stockings. A flat-screen television displays a rotating loop of artwork to accent the space until it’s time to tune in to your favorite show.
The room's soft color palette allows the structural elements to stand out. A large brick pass-through fireplace and exposed wood ceiling beams add rustic charm to this elegant bedroom. A sparkling gold chandelier adds a touch of glam to the whitewashed wood bed with muted blue bedding.