Color-washing is the same as white-washing, just not with white, of course. I shared how I went painfully slowly painting additional pieces of our living room. I was pretty sure I would paint everything – walls, trim, built-ins, mantel, brick – but I did it one at a time anyway just to be sure.
With a similar spirit, I wanted to check out color-washing the brick instead of doing a straight solid paint first.
No primer is needed for this treatment, so we just gave the bricks a thorough scrub down. Color-washing uses watered down paint to have a semi-translucent effect. A 1:1 paint and water ratio works well. Using a near empty can of your paint is the perfect place to make your solution.
The reason I wanted to try color-washing first is because if I did not like it you can simply paint a second coat of regular, not-watered down paint right over it. I used a brush for the whole fireplace and it took less than an hour. The paint goes on more opaque than it will look when it dries.
Believe it or not, I have not put much thought into assessing if I want to keep color-wash or go ahead and paint it solid. There are so many other variables and elements to bring in here that I think the decision of if to go solid black or not will become clearer when the room starts to come together more. Do I like the extra texture on the brick? Or would it be better for it to be polished and uniform with everything else?
For now, I am celebrating the room being one solid color(ish) instead of the choppiness of the walls, built-ins, and fireplace being all different and harshly contrast-y. And trying to overlook how this rug in here brings me mental, physical, and emotional pain.