Good Questions: How To Whitewash My Brick Wall?

Good Questions: How To Whitewash My Brick Wall?

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 13, 2007

Hello AT,

I have an old rowhouse in Philadelphia with a long exposed brick wall. The bricks are dark red/brown, which makes the wall feel too heavy for my small space, and clashes with my limed oak furniture.

I'd love for my wall to look like the whitewashed wall in the photo. I'm hoping you and your readers can help with instructions on getting that look.

I'd also be up for hiring someone to do the work, if anyone has a good recommendation.

Thanks! Kristin

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Dear Kristin,

We're going to throw this out in the hope that someone who has done this before has the answer. Remember that brick when unsealed is extremely porous and will take a lot of liquid into it before it resembles a color (which may be just what you want). Also, brick can be very dusty and sometimes needs to be sealed in order to stop this. In either case, as you whitewash your brick you'll want to have some sealing effect.

Our own experience with whitening brick only extends to painting:

Good Questions: Painting & Brick Walls?
Good Questions: Help Us Paint Our Exposed Brick?
Look! Impressive Details at Giorgione

and covering it with a thin layer of white plaster:

How To: Make Your Brick Walls Like BDDW's

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