Here’s how Klemm did it: White paint with an eggshell finish was brushed on in small sections, and then wiped down with rags to remove most of the paint. (She did two coats like this, to achieve the lightness she was looking for). For a finishing touch, she sanded over all the bricks with a medium grit sanding sponge. This brought touches of the original color through and gave her the rich texture she felt was missing after the whitewashing.

Here’s how Klemm did it: White paint with an eggshell finish was brushed on in small sections, and then wiped down with rags to remove most of the paint. (She did two coats like this, to achieve the lightness she was looking for). For a finishing touch, she sanded over all the bricks with a medium grit sanding sponge. This brought touches of the original color through and gave her the rich texture she felt was missing after the whitewashing.

10 ways to re-create Joanna Gaines' style; because she can't decorate ALL of our homes for us! #4 is the best! #FixerUpper #HGTV

10 ways to re-create Joanna Gaines' style; because she can't decorate ALL of our homes for us! #4 is the best! #FixerUpper #HGTV

Chalkboard contact paper instead of paint. It's only $6-$12 on Amazon. I used it for my chalkboard and it works perfectly. *Also, attach a jar to the wall to hold chalk.*

Chalkboard contact paper instead of paint. It's only $6-$12 on Amazon. I used it for my chalkboard and it works perfectly. *Also, attach a jar to the wall to hold chalk.*

I may need to make this to get junk off the counter! Maybe a section for stuff from school for when kids are older...

I may need to make this to get junk off the counter! Maybe a section for stuff from school for when kids are older...

Light blue beadboard backsplash with white cabinets and (what looks like) butcher block countertops.

Light blue beadboard backsplash with white cabinets and (what looks like) butcher block countertops.

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