whitewashed brick with green shutters

Tastefully achieved whitewashed brick

Whitewashed brick can be achieved but it’s a skill better left to professionals. Creating the right balance is an art. Take off too much and you have to start over–not enough in any particular area and it will drive you nuts. This is part 2 of a series of posts on painted or whitewashed brick. To see the other posts–look for the whitewashed brick category on my sidebar. Or click on that category at the bottom of this post.

All the homes in my series of painted brick are located in the Piedmont of North Carolina in the area of Winston Salem. Big tobacco, textiles, Wake Forest University and furniture built these neighborhoods. Now they are mostly home to the doctors and professionals who work in the area. Big tobacco has long gone and bio technology is the new frontier.

Most homes did not start out painted. They were traditional red brick homes. The brick in this area is either burnt dark orange or shades of dark red. Plantations were plentiful at one time and the manmade bricks were painted white for protection and to make the house cooler.  Today these older 40’s and 50’s style homes are being painted or whitewashed to reflect on that plantation era and the Old South feel. We do love our roots.

It is spring here and the South is known for its Dogwoods and azaleas. The home above has a modern and Old South look. The green that was chosen makes it modern while the exposed red brick  makes it old south.

Notice how the original brick was laid with some bricks being uneven and jutting out a bit. This too is common in our area and even when not painted is a particularly attractive style. When whitewashed, many of the undersides of the protruding brick was left unpainted—which even more defines the shadows.

This whitewashed painted brick home has what I call an even distribution of exposed brick. In other examples, I’ll show you how only certain large areas were washed of the paint to expose the brick. They are all stunning.

Please come back each night for the next week as I will be posting daily on this series.

There are so many different styles for painted or whitewashed brick homes and I hope to show you all of them. There seems to be a preference for white but I also have samples of other colors.

See the first post in this series HERE. There are some techniques on how to paint brick.

I have a real fondness for the Old South folklore and beliefs pertaining to home exteriors. My own home is a new craftsman cottage which I built with memories of the neighborhoods where I grew up. You can see it HERE.

To see the history of Haint Blue porch ceilings–see HERE.

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7 comments on “Tastefully achieved whitewashed brick

  1. Hi Anna,
    I like your website and the history you provide on white wash brick. I’m building a house in Texas and chose that look. The mason lays the brick as usual then comes duking and scrapes on extra mortar. A normal Brick played house requires 70 bags mortar this house takes about 110bags. I’d like send you a picture.

  2. I LOVE THIS!!!! I am trying to re-create this look. Does anyone know the difference between white washing technique and lime wash technique?

  3. I love how the whitewashed brick looks. We have some brick on the front of our house and I’ve wondered about painting it or making it look a bit more modern. We are due to paint our house this summer and that might be an option.

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