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How I Whitewashed a Brick Floor for $14

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When you have a brick floor in your home with dark bricks or where the bricks and grout are a similar color and you want to create contrast – whitewashing the floor is one easy and inexpensive way to do it.

Back in January, I posted about a DIY floor painting project I planned to do in my foyer. Well, I finally did it and could not be happier with the results.

The space is a two story open foyer that makes my house seem much larger than it is. It is like the hub of the house since all the rooms revolve around and open to it.

Brown brick floor in foyer of home

Since moving to the house, I have stained and painted the staircase and we built a hidden closet underneath. I also chalk painted the sideboard in the room navy blue, which added a needed pop of color.

Why I Wanted To Whitewash the Brick Floor

brown brick floor

Doing the foyer DIY projects brightened up the space, but I wanted to see more contrast on the floor between the bricks and the grout and decided to whitewash the bricks and grout.

When I open the door to take photos the floor looks lighter…

Looking down from second floor of home onto a brown brick floor.

…but the door is closed all the time. Therefore, I needed to find a way to lighten the floor so it was more to my liking.

Since this photo was taken, the orange-toned floors that connect to the foyer have been refinished and are now a soft driftwood grey.

How my brick floor in foyer could look
Photoshopped image of what whitewashing bricks would look like

I knew I was going to like what whitewashing could do to the floor after a reader, Debi Garcia made me the above Photoshopped image back in January. Thanks Debi. :-)

Foyer Floor AFTER Whitewashing

After photo showing how brick floor looks now that it has been whitewashed.

Whitewashing the floor has made a huge difference to the room, even with the door closed. It adds the contrast in color and lightness that I sought.

Close-up shot of whitewashed brick floor in entryway foyer.

AFTER. Brighter, lighter and more my style.

Photo taken from second story of house looking down on first floor foyer brick whitewashed floor.

I only wish I had painted the floor sooner. It was such a fast and easy project that I completed it in an afternoon. The best part was I used paint I already had, so it was practically a free project to complete. Technically, it wasn’t actually paint though. Read what I used below.

Many readers have commented that I should add an area rug to add color and pattern to the space. While I agree with this conceptually, we found that a rug became a tripping hazard and got in the way of the swing back of the door. Both Ed and I like the open uncluttered appeal. It makes the house seem more spacious.

What Did I Use To Paint the Brick Floor?

Entryway with whitewashed brick floor and navy blue chalk painted sideboard

I used a product called Grout Renew that I had left over from a project at my previous house.

The how to tutorial showing the process of how to add a layer of color wash in this case white over a brick floor.

When I went to my paint stash to find what paint to use on the floor, I was looking for primer or chalk paint, but then I saw a bottle of white grout renewing paint, I thought to myself… “Hmmmm… this could be exactly what I need.”

I tested it out first on the floor of the hidden closet in the room to make sure it would work. It did, so I went with it.

I started at one end of the foyer around 1:00 in the afternoon and finished at 3:30 that same afternoon.

Close-up photo showing the before and after of the brick floor side by side with grout paint and without.

Here is a side-by-side close up of floor showing the color difference.

 A section of floor showing the completed whitewashing over the brick and grout floor.

I love the contrast and color variations with the wash of white over the floor now.

Foyer with blue sideboard and brick floor that was washed over with grout paint.

And I love how it looks with the navy blue sideboard.

Photo taken from above looking down on the process of whitewashing the brick floor.

How to Whitewash an Interior Brick Floor

supplies needed to whitewash bricks on a floor

Time needed: 3 hours.

When I first thought about what paint I was going to use to whitewash the brick floor, I looked into using Porch and Floor Paint, KILZ Primer and also White Chalk Paint.

If using latex paint or chalk paint: Water the paint down first: 1 part paint to 3 parts water and mix well. Apply in the same way I show below.

Instead of using paint, I chose to use Polyblend Grout Renew for two reasons. I had a bottle of it and I knew from using it on a tile grout in my previous home that it would give me the exact color grout lines that I wanted, plus it would be permanent.

supplies needed:

Water, dish detergent or TSP cleaner
Polyblend Grout Renew – Bright White or Chalk Paint in White or Off-White
2 cloth rags – one damp rag/cloth and one dry rag/cloth
Small plastic container

  1. Clean Brick Floor

    Clean brick floor with hot water and dish detergent or a few tablespoons of TSP mixed in warm water. Scrub well. Rinse well with clean water and let dry.
    Clean a brick floor before painting it with a whitewash

  2. Apply Grout ReNew to Grout Lines

    Pour about 1/4 cup of Grout ReNew into a small plastic container. You don’t want to pour out too much as it will dry out.

  3. Apply Grout ReNew or Paint Mixture

    Working in a 8 – 16 block of brick section at a time – use an old toothbrush to scrub the Grout ReNew or watered down paint into and along a section of grout lines.

  4. Quickly Rub With Damp Cloth

    As soon as you have a section of grout lines covered with Grout ReNew, wipe over the entire section, including the bricks, with a damp cloth. Don’t use a wet cloth or you will remove too much of the Grout Renew or paint.

  5. Go Over With Dry Rag

    As soon as you finish wiping the surface with a damp cloth, go over the surface with a dry cloth for a few seconds to move any of the Grout Renew or paint to where you want it or to touch up an area where there is too much.

  6. Repeat Process

    Repeat the process section by section, until you have every grout line and brick whitewashed.
    the four steps to whitewashing a brick floor to lighten it and the grout

I sat on my yoga mat and moved it as I worked on the floor, section by section.

How to white wash a brick floor using grout whitener

In this close-up shot, you can see how the wash of the grout paint brought out the texture of the bricks.

I did not seal the floor. I like the way it looks and it is very durable like a primer that sticks right away and is hard to rub off.

If I do end up sealing it at some point, I would use a water-based clear matte sealer as I would not want to add any shine to the surface. I like the rough textured look.

Whitewashed Brick Floor Update

update on how DIY whitewashed brick floor has held up

I took this phone photo of my floor to show you after just short of 2 years since I did the floor, how it has held up. It has held up very well. Maybe not as white, but still it looks like a whitewashed floor.

How to whitewash a brick floor for $14 using grout paint. Find out how easy it is to do this DIY floor painting project in an afternoon for a room this size. 
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  1. Really like the new look of the brick! I love the whitewashed look and have been meaning to do my fireplace one of these days. Wish I had your energy! Do you think this would this work in a bathroom covering the tile floor? Have a lovely week and thanks for all your wonderful tips.

    1. Hi Ina – Yes, it would work on the grout on a tiled bathroom floor. But not the tile itself since the tile has a sealer on it. The grout paint or any paint would not work on the tile. The only paint that would is an oil-based tile paint, but they are very toxic to use. If you just want to change the porous grout between the tile then you will love how the grout paint will transform it.

  2. Are the floors real brick?
    Could you have used lighter brick and grout to obtain this color originally?
    What brick and grout would you use for the sharing you desire?
    Are brick floors hard to keep clean? Advise please

    1. Hi Nan – The bricks are real. If I was putting in a brick floor I would use lighter bricks and grout like I showed in my first inspiration post about the floor. You can see these photos here: https://t.ly/3V8v

      The brick floor is the way it has been since we bought the house. It is real brick that extends right out the front door and onto the front porch where the color is a tan/peach. At some time in the house’s history, the foyer bricks were stained to the darker color since you can see how they look unstained out on the porch. The porch and foyer are one continuous slab of the same brick.

      I love the brick floor and wish there was more of it in the house. It is so easy to clean. I go over with a damp mop every so often. On a weekly basis I use a dry Swiffer and/or a vacuum if there is a lot of dirt and debris on the floor.

    2. It Looks fantàstic!! I’m a Follower of your nice improvments, Bests regards from Barcelona

  3. Oh, I like this so much! I agree that the previous finish was just too dark. This is great. The most important part of this is that you and your hubby love it. This has given me an idea for the future for our slate floor. It also is a bit “too” something. Bossy may be the right word! But I can see that a subtle white wash might be just right. We have a white washed pine ceiling in the great room so I think it would look right at home. Thanks for a great idea!

  4. That looks fantastic, did you seal it at all. Will the grout renewal wash off eventually! Do you think i could use this on fireplace tiles?
    Thank ou

    1. Hi Dee – Thanks for asking this question. I did not seal the floor. I like the way it looks rough hewn, plus the grout paint is very durable like a primer that sticks right away and is hard to rub off.

      I will see how it wears. If I do end up sealing it at some point, I would use a water-based clear matte sealer as I would not want to add any shine to the surface. I like the rough textured look.

        1. Hi Kerri –

          The whitewash on the floor has held up very well. I love the floor since I did it. :-)

          I just took a photo of the floor with my phone this morning and added it to the end of the post under the heading Update so that you can see how it looks now almost 2 years later. Here is the link to the post: https://bit.ly/3j7uzl8

    2. Hi again Dee – I forgot to answer your question about using the product on your fireplace tiles. If the tiles are sealed you won’t be able to whitewash over them, only the grout or mortar between them. If the tiles are not sealed, it would work. Test it on a small inconspicuous spot first to see how it looks.

      1. …Diane! Another good thing is what an excellent exercise it is to sit on a yoga pad schuntching all over the floor!