This painted brick home is an example of how to do it with style. The home is a traditional type that you see in many neighborhoods. ( Make sure you visit the Whitewashed Brick Homes category on my sidebar to see the rest of the homes in this series)
The style may be ordinary but the look is old South with a modern flare. Most old South style paints are white. What makes this modern is the color, window trim, accent lighting, and landscape they chose. It’s a grey tan paint with black shutters, black window trim, and white trim accent. Had they gone totally old Southern, it would have been white or whitewashed white brick with white window trim. I like the look of painted or whitewashed brick and it’s making a comeback.
Their circular driveway with faux affect stone adds to the old Southern style with a modern twist. The stone faux color matches the house paint. I think it is a stunning combination.
The home is beautifully landscaped with detail of design given as to what needed to be painted tan for the best affect. The Southern shutters painted white is a perfect way to make it look old Style. Yet, they have mounted the shutters in a more modern fashion. Again, they blended to the two superbly.
What a clever way to allow light but give privacy and allow the Southern breezes to flow. Old South meeting modern is so well orchestrated in this house redesign don’t you think? And they can enjoy viewing their home from a nice seating area in the backyard. It’s just lovely.
Choosing to paint a brick home is a tough decision. Once you go there it is very difficult to return the brick to its original state. Choosing total coverage means having to repaint every couple of years. If you choose a whitewash verses regular brick paint, it will last a couple of generations. So what is the difference? There are paints that bind to brick but they do require you repaint several years down the road. Whitewashing however will last a very long time.
Whitewash last for 40 years or more if done correctly and with the best materials. Whitewash is ivory hydrated lime, table salt, and water. Add some portland cement for extra holding power. Apply to all parts of the brick and then wash off in the areas you wish the brick to show through. You can take off a lot or a little depending on what look you would like to achieve. Whitewashing and painting are making a big comeback. Have you noticed?