A Fireplace Whitewash Transformation: Giani Brick Paint

Eric H.
February 15, 2024

Giani Brick Transformations Brick Whitewashing Kit

Are you ready to change the look of your tired old brick fireplace? You’ve lived with it for years, wondering what to do to make it look better. Maybe you should consider whitewashing.

Giving your brick a lighter look with whitewashing is all the rage these days and maybe just the thing that will modernize your room and bring your fireplace out of the 1970’s. Take a stroll thru Pinterest and you’ll see all kinds of fireplace whitewashing projects with before and after pictures to help you get inspired.

If you do decide to whitewash your brick, Giani Brick Transformations Paint Kit helps you get that bright new look you’ve been searching for.  This paint lightens brick and gives a whitewashed look to any interior fireplace or brick wall.

Giani Brick Transformations comes with a pint of water-based, acrylic paint, (which has a low odor and VOC’s), a 2-inch angled brush, and a wiping rag.  Each kit covers about 100 square feet of brick and the process seems to be pretty easy based on customer feedback. You simply add water to the paint to create a thin solution. Then you paint the solution onto the brick, wiping each brick as you go.  

Typically, you add a 1:1 ratio of paint and water to create the painting solution. You can always create your own ratios to get more or less coverage, depending on what look you’re trying to achieve.

The Giani Brick Whitewashing Kit allows you to go over dark brick and “tone it down” to create a softer look that looks fresh and modern.  As you wipe off the paint, some of the original brick will start to peek thru as the paint dries.

*If you want less coverage use a 1:1 ratio of water to paint with the wiping rag.

*If you want a little more coverage, you can use a 1:2 ratio of water to paint with the wiping rag.

*If you want total coverage, use a 1:2 ratio of water to paint with no wiping rag.

The Brick Transformations Whitewashed Paint Kit comes with everything you need to get your whitewashing project done.

What Do You Get in the Kit?

Here’s what you get in the Giani Brick Whitewashing Kit:

*16 ounce can of Brick Transformations Whitewash Paint

*3 Giani Ultra Low Lint Wiping Rags

*Mixing Container

*Plastic Drop Cloth

*Painter’s Tape

*2” Paint Brush

*Stir Stick

*Detailed Written Instructions

Additional materials you’ll need:

*Bucket of Mild Soap and Water

*Sturdy Scrub Brush

*Cloth for Drying the Bricks

*Portable Vacuum Cleaner

*Drop Cloth

*Plastic Glove

How Do You Whitewash a Brick Fireplace?

The whitewashing instructions are simple and easy to follow.  

* Vacuum your brick and hearth with a portable hand- held vacuum to remove any dirt or dust.

* Clean the bricks with mild detergent,  a scrub brush, and a bucket of water.

*Dry the bricks with a cloth.  

*Apply the painter’s tape around the wall areas, the sides of the mantel, and around the insert.

*Place your drop cloth in front of the hearth area.

*Stir the paint and add 8 ounces into the provided plastic container along with 8 ounces of water

*Mix the paint and water with the stir stick until the mixture is consistent throughout.

*Dip your brush into the paint mixture and paint over just a few bricks at a time

*Use your rag to wipe away the paint until you get the desired coverage and the look you want.

*Take off the painter’s tape when the bricks are dry to the touch.  

Customer Feedback - The Good and the Bad

Most customers who have reviewed the Giani Brick Transformations Whitewash Kit seem pleased with the outcome.  Happy customer comments like, “Easy to use.”, and “Great product!” confirm that this product does what it says it does. Some customers even used this whitewash system on their stone fireplaces although the description says that the product is designed for use on brick. Here are a few more customer comments:

“I was so scared to take on a fireplace painting project!! But I felt like the red brick fireplace was dating our living room.  It came out AMAZING and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.”

“I was trying to update my red brick 80’s fireplace.  The result isn’t pure white but a subtle lighter red. I love it and it was quick and easy to do.”

“The paint covered the soot stains that were so distracting.  I’ve gotten so many compliments from friends. The project took only a few hours and it looks great.”

“I was hesitant to use this product on my rock fireplace but it worked perfectly.  I absolutely love how it turned out.”

On the other hand, there are some negative comments about the product :

“I used this product on my fireplace.  I wanted full coverage and I ran out of paint.  A pint is not enough to do the job. I could have bought a gallon of paint from Lowe’s or Home Depot and got the job done for a LOT less money.  The painter’s tape was bad and didn’t stick to my wood mantel.”

Areas Where You Should NOT Use Giani Whitewash Paint

*Whitewash paint should NOT be used on ceramic or glazed brick since the water-based paint cannot be absorbed into coated surfaces.

*Whitewash paint should NOT be applied to high temperature heat areas inside the fireplace  firebox where the fire burns.

*Whitewash paint should only be used on interior surfaces and not outdoors.  

Should I Whitewash My Brick Fireplace?

When deciding on whether to put paint on your brick fireplace, you do need to be certain it’s what you want to do since the paint will soak into the brick and be hard to remove if you change your mind.  But, think of it this way...If you don’t like the look of your fireplace, consider the fact that painting is probably the least expensive remodeling option. And if for some reason you want to paint over the whitewash with a solid color or with Brick-Anew, a product that gives a natural brick look, you can always make that change.

So if you’re on the fence about how to modernize your outdated fireplace and you like the whitewashed look, the Giani Brick Transformations Whitewashing Paint Kit could solve your problem. In just a few hours with minimal cost, you can have a new fresh look for your fireplace and change the look of your entire room.  The ease of having all the materials you need in one kit saves multiple trips to the paint store and all you have to do put in a little time and energy to make it happen!

Looking for more fireplace painting ideas? Check out our article on How to Choose the Right Color for Painting your Brick Fireplace


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