To white-wash or not?

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To white-wash or not?

Would you white-wash this fireplace? This is a photoshopped photo to try to envision it and with the new gas insert(s)Name:  IMG_3172.jpg
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Old 01-26-16, 05:28 PM
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Do you mean real white wash, lime and water?
 
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Paint & water is what my wife says people are using
 
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Would I do it?
NO. I'm not Tom Sawyer and that's not a picket fence.

If that's what momma wants, I guess you paint it. Be aware that removing paint from brick, in the future, is near impossible.
 
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Old 01-26-16, 06:57 PM
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The brick looks very nice. I can't imagine why you would do that but that's just opinion.
 
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One issue with cutting latex paint drastically with water is the resulting coating doesn't wear well ..... so if you do get a decent looking job now - it may not look so hot in a few years. And as mentioned above, once you paint you really can't go back.
 
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I agree...but she really wants to cause she see's it on "Fixer Upper" all the time #HGTVbrainwash
 
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All those home fix up shows on TV need to be taken with a grain of salt. Rarely do they let the viewer know all what is entailed and often they do things that aren't apt to wear well. I've often wondered what some of those houses look like 6 months later.
 
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One more vote for don't do it.
 
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It has been a few years since I have seen any HGTV programming (cut the cable) but in my opinion almost all of their programming is for entertainment purposes only.

What you could do is let your wife do it if that is what she desires. That at least gives you the, "I told you so" defense. Always worked with my wife. She would tell me to do this or that or whatever and I would try to explain the downside. When she refused to listen (most of the time) I would then tell her to go ahead and do it herself. That alone would almost always stop her and if it didn't it usually didn't go much farther than her just starting the job to lose interest.

Then again, we were only married about eight years when I had had enough and we got divorced. Your mileage may vary.
 
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Real white wash not diluted paint could probably be scrubbed off. My try that first.
whitewash has disadvantages; it is water-soluble, for one thing,
Quote source: Use Whitewash Instead of Paint for Traditional Look and No Toxins - Restoring Mayberry - GRIT Magazine For your application though that is an advantage because it can be removed. To get it semitransparent you would probably need to use less lime. Note there are two kinds of lime . You need hydrated (AKA mason's or builder's lime) not quick lime or garden lime. https://fiascofarm.com/recipes/whitewash.html
 
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