Shabby chic and vintage-inspired, some kind of rusty décor is extremely popular now because old times have their own unique charm that leaves a lasting impression. Designers create adorable shabby chic and just vintage interiors, fill them with beautiful worn-looking furniture, textures and accessories, and many of us follow the trend, too. There are several techniques that allow creating an aging look: patina paint, aging and weathering solutions for wood and metal and whitewashing for all kinds of surfaces.
Whitewashing is the most popular idea because it’s incredible easy to realize and there’s no shabby chic interior without shabby whitewashed pieces or surfaces. If you have brick or faux brick walls or a fireplace, then whitewashing it is pretty easy and just necessary for you. We’re going to share with you several How To tutorials showing how you can do it.
First of all, cover all the floor surfaces around your brick with some tape, paper or whatever, otherwise you’ll get whitewashed floor, too. Mix up your whitewash. For the first coat you will want to mix together 1 cup of latex paint (egg shell or satin sheen) with 1 cup of water. Dip just the tip of your paint brush (1/4-1/2 inch) into the whitewash then stipple and blot the paint all over a brick, then swirl and work it into the nooks and crannies. In a few minutes the whitewash will soak into the brick and will appear more translucent. If you really think you applied too much paint, then feel free to dab the paint with a rag or add a tiny bit more water to the solution. For your 2nd coat whitewash solution ratio should be 1 cup of paint : 2/3 cup of water. Apply the 2nd coat only to the areas that need it. Voila! Find more tutorials and ideas below.