How to Color Wash Brick


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Bucket, large (25 to 50 gallons)
  • Hydrated powdered lime, 12 lbs.
  • Table salt, 2 lbs.
  • Powdered pigment in desired color
  • Water
  • Wooden dowel
  • Large paint brush
  • 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.

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