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How To Transform Your Fireplace With Limewash

How to transform your old fireplace with lime wash! It is such an easy way to update your fireplace to look new and modern!

We just moved into our fixer upper a few months ago, and one of the first items on my to-do list was our fireplace! It was dark and dingy, and when we painted the shiplap white and the walls grey the old fireplace looked very out of place. Today I’m sharing with you how to transform your fireplace with limewash!

Thank you to Romabio for providing me the materials to complete this lime wash fireplace makeover!

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I did a ton of research on Pinterest for how to change the look of a fireplace. There were lots of painted fireplaces that looked great, but I was a little worried that it wouldn’t have enough dimension with paint. When I saw a fellow DIYer on Instagram use Romabio limewash on her fireplace I was intrigued! One of my favorite bloggers over at Blesser House even used it on her exterior!

How to transform your old fireplace with lime wash! It is such an easy way to update your fireplace to look new and modern!

After I discovered Romabio Classico limewash I knew I wanted to give it a try. I was really excited to try it because:

  • it is non-toxic and Zero-VOC
  • can be washed off within 5 days of applying it (just in case!)
  • can be removed to create distressed look

I decided to go with the color Avorio White in the Classico Limewash, because it is a softer white that isn’t too stark. I was able to cover my whole fireplace with one quart!

Materials Needed

How to transform your fireplace with limewash

How to transform your old fireplace with lime wash! It is such an easy way to update your fireplace to look new and modern!
How to transform your old fireplace with lime wash! It is such an easy way to update your fireplace to look new and modern!
  1. Clean your brick and make sure all dirt and debris is cleaned off. I used a wet rag to wipe off the dirt and mortar chips.
  2. Mix your limewash in a bucket with your desired amount of water, and mix well. I used a long paint stir stick to do this. You can choose how much water you want to add based on how thick you want the limewash to be. I diluted mine around 75%.
  3. Use a spray bottle filled with water to lightly spray the surface of the brick before applying the limewash.
  4. Apply your limewash using a masonry brush and get into all the cracks. The limewash goes on very easily and fast. The toughest part for me was getting into all the nooks and crannies of the brick and mortar, so have patience with that part 🙂
  5. After it has dried for around an hour you can start distressing if you’d like. I took my spray bottle and sprayed a little water onto the dried limewash and then took a rag and wiped away the limewash to expose the brick. This creates a distressed look that gives variation and texture to the brick. This is a fun process because you can be creative and distress it wherever your heart desires!
  6. You have up to 5 days after applying the limewash to distress it or remove it if you need to. I love that you have that 5 day window to change it up if you want to. Especially if you don’t have a whole day to devote to the project! You could apply it on day 1, then do some distressing on day 2, and then live with it for another day to see if you like it! I ended up doing little areas of distressing on days 4 and 5!

How to transform your old fireplace with lime wash! It is such an easy way to update your fireplace to look new and modern!
How to transform your old fireplace with lime wash! It is such an easy way to update your fireplace to look new and modern!




How to transform your old fireplace with lime wash! It is such an easy way to update your fireplace to look new and modern!
How to transform your old fireplace with lime wash! It is such an easy way to update your fireplace to look new and modern!

What do you think of my limewashed fireplace? It gives it such a beautiful modern look that goes with the look and feel of our decor, yet also brings some character and charm with the aged distressing to it. Perfect for my modern farmhouse family room!

If you are thinking of using limewash to transform your fireplace, I highly recommend Romabio Classico Limewash! It was such an amazing product to work with and I almost wish we had another fireplace in our home to transform 😉

How to transform your old fireplace with lime wash! It is such an easy way to update your fireplace to look new and modern!

Did you catch my post about our fixer upper? I’m so excited to keep working on our new home!

We bought a fixer upper! Check out our renovation plans at aheartfilledhome.com

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4 Comments

  • Reply Candace Feely March 12, 2019 at 11:12 am

    So pretty, Leslea! I’m going to show this to my mom. She has been wanting to paint her fireplace, but also concerned about it looking too stark and painted. Great work!

    • Reply Leslea March 25, 2019 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you so much Candace! It is such a great way to change the look of a fireplace! I hope your mom takes the plunge and goes for it! 🙂

      • Reply Camille July 2, 2019 at 5:23 pm

        I’ve been hanging on top this post in my pins and I’m finally going to do the limewash this weekend! I bought the limewash in April after I first saw your blog post. We have a sunroom with a lot of yellow brick I don’t like… I painted all the window trim and sills from cream to white and this will make a huge difference for the room.

        • Reply Leslea July 3, 2019 at 1:37 pm

          Hi Camille! I am so glad to hear that you are going to lime wash your brick! It is such a great way to totally change the look. I’d love to see your before and after photos! If you email them to me I’d love to see them (always love a great before and after)! 🙂

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