DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

A few weeks ago I posted my Tips on a DIY Whitewashed Brick Wall.

Since then we’ve made more progress in the room-formerly-known-as-the-sunroom. I think we’re going with “family room”. The trim and walls are all painted.

Crown molding is in progress as we speak I type. I’ve learned today how much I dislike putting up molding. Mostly because the sound of the airgun scares me and you have to hold your arms above your head for long periods of time. But on the plus side, I think I’ve finally convinced Moose to write up some of his wisdom for the blog – so hopefully you’ll get to finally meet him soon.

Back to the brick wall – After I painted the room (Shoreline Haze by Valspar, like the living room), the gray-ness of the brick wall was too cool colored compared to the warmer putty colored walls. That brought me to stage II of the brick wall project: tinting.

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

I took some of the wall paint and watered it down slightly (about 3:1 paint to water ratio – enough that the roller left bubbles but there weren’t drips). I rolled it directly on the brick wall.

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

Then I went to town with some old rags. I rubbed and splotched my way across the brick until it resembled a color and texture I was happy with. Then I repeated until the wall was done.

Do NOT paint the whole wall and then rag it. I worked in 2’x2′ squares to prevent the paint from drying before I rubbed it in.

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

We also had some cracks in our brick wall. After the paint dried, we filled them in with DAP DryDex Spackle- this is obviously only an aesthetic solution. This would not work for structural or outdoor use.

We like to use the pink kind so we know when it’s dry. After the spackle dried it was just a matter of sanding it down.

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

Then I dipped a paper towel (too lazy to dirty another brush and rag) in my watered-down-wall-paint solution and rubbed around the spackled areas.

(In hind sight I would have spackled from the beginning, but we thought it wouldn’t be that noticeable… we changed our minds.)

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

While the brick is still distinctly a distressed whitewash color, the wall blends more with the wall.

See the transition of the color here:

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

I can’t wait until we get the crown molding and baseboard around the brick! I think it will really look sharp next to the crisp white trim and a nice piece of art hanging on it!

DIY Tutorial: Tinting a Whitewashed Brick Wall

Soon enough we’ll be able to rip up the floor coverings and I can show you my new floors – no more cracking linoleum here!

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4 comments

  1. salenya says:

    That looks great! I wound not have thought to tint the brick afterward. I probably would have gotten frustrated and repainted the wall. Glad to have learned something new today!

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