I have had a few people ask me about something OTHER than my drawings... how I whitewashed my fireplace a few months ago! It was really simple, so I'm throwing together the progress photos for the folks who asked.
So, I did this before we moved in to the house right after we closed. When we bought the house, the 70s red brick stood out like a sore thumb in the room. It was REALLY red and the brass metal part made me want to gag.
I took 2 parts water and 1 part white paint (just the white wall paint that was left over from painting trim in the house) and mixed it all up really well.
Have your paint mixture handy, a cheap paintbrush (Mine was a 3" brush that has painted many a room and was about to be trashed) and a rag.
Dip your brush in the watery paint and go NUTS. Use the rag to catch drippings and spills (The paint is RUNNY, there will be drips). Use the ugly curtains the previous owners left on the windows as a dropcloth if you can.
I ended up going over some of of the darker bricks with another coat. The watery paint dries SUPER quick and you can put on another coat right away if need be. (Really, this part went by so fast).
After taking care of the brick... it was time to tackle the brass metal and the mantel. Tape off/mask off the metal
i made myself a make-shift spraybooth and opened EVERY WINDOW in the house (thank goodness I did this before I was pregnant) :P
I sprayed the whole mess with Rust-oleum High Heat matte black paint.
You should probably wear a mask... Just so you know.
That high heat paint dries FAST... so, I moved on the mantel. The wood mantel that was there was BOLTED into the brick and I could NOT got it off without killing myself... So i painted it. I masked it off and primed it, then painted it with a high-gloss grey.
and that was it! It took me all of a few hours to totally makeover that end of the room.
And here's the room as it stands today! One day, that oddly beige/tan carpet will go away. I can't wait for THAT day.
Enjoy this cover I did as an exclusive for Toronto's FanExpo this month! The voices of Twilight, Pinkie and Spike will be there, so they wanted them on the cover :) The sepia tint isn't showing up well here, I hope it does better with the printing!
The moose was not allowed to have a cutie mark. Moose apparently do not have a special talent for anything besides being a moose.