Hi everyone! Sorry this post is late, it has been a crazy week and having a cold can give one a serious case of writers block! So without further delay let’s begin! If you haven’t been following you can see the original post here, and last week we left off here with having finished painting the ceiling of the attic! Once the fear of drips was out of the way we were able to paint the bottom portion white and paint the chimney!
Charles used an old box and painters tape to protect the surrounding area so we didn’t damage anything while cleaning the chimney and painting. We started off with cleaning the chimney with TSP but sadly the top part was quite stained and didn’t come very clean. However! We were determined and still wanted to try our hand with a white wash versus all white paint; we wanted to go that route so as to have some of the character of the brick still show through. For our technique we followed the tutorial outlined by The Yellow Cape Cod here.
Essentially you just mix equal parts of your paint with water, brush it on, and then wipe off any excess. Due to our chimney not fully coming clean we ended up having more of a graduated effect…we thought about just painting it all white due to that but we have really fallen in love with the effect.