Limewash vs Whitewash

Exposed brick in a home is beautiful. It adds warmth, dimension, and texture to a space. Some of my favorite things. Although I love exposed brick, sometimes it needs a little freshening up. The wrong color brick or the wrong color mortar can definitely make a room dark and outdated.

I have had brick like this in a couple of our houses, and in both houses they needed some updated to freshen up the room. In one home, we used a paint based whitewash to update the brick. In our current home, I used a Limewash to update the brick. Both did the job and helped totally transform our space, but I definitely have a favorite. I am going to give you guys a comparison of the two and reveal my favorite way to update brick.

First let’s start with the difference between the two. Whitewash is taking a watered down version of paint and applying it directly to the brick. The whitewash sits on top of the brick. Limewash is a mix of lime, minerals, and water that is applied directly to the brick. Limewash soaks into the brick instead of sitting directly on top of it.


Whitewash in an easy way to lighten up brick and give your brick a fresh modern look! We did this in our previous house with a brick fireplace.

What I Love About Whitewash:

  • It is very cheap.

  • You can use existing paint in your house to create a whitewash effect.

  • It is a project that can be done in an afternoon depending on how big your space is.

  • It is easy.

What I don’t love about Whitewash:

  • When you mix paint and water, the paint has a tendency to sink to the bottom. You have to make sure to mix the paint, or the white wash coverage will be come lighter.

  • It can be difficult to get the right coverage, and you might have to whitewash several times.

  • It’s permanent. Once you start going, There is no turning back!

Want to see how this turned out in our living room? Here is the brick fireplace before we whitewashed it. The room was great, but the fireplace was dark and outdated with the rest of the light accents in the room.

Here is what the room looked like after we whitewashed it.

Pretty amazing right?? This gave our living room a much needed facelift!