Traditional Whitewashed Brick


In this series, I offer to you a traditional whitewhased brick home featuring beautiful planters on each side of the entryway. This whitewashed brick is more of what people think of when that technique is mentioned. Removing only some of the paint and varying the degree in the process creates a worn pattern typical of the Old South plantations.

“Back in the day”, a front chimney was often fashioned to say that a front courtyard would be used both summer and winter. A courtyard full of perfumed plants, shady potted plants, and lots of roses.

A place where the family gathered and would spend time with the side doors openend for all seasons. Such an open front designs says the owners enjoy being social.

The sweeping front roof line is a character trait with a design called , The Piedmont Home. Interesting to see it on this offset 4 square. Love the substantial gas iron sconces which make you feel like a carriage could pull up at any minute. Lots of personality displayed here in this mix of traditional and purposefully placed addition of the sun room.

Low growing plants in the front give way to the drama taking place in the entryway. Sturdy planters and beefed up columns make this a strong home where those who enter will be welcomed and you can expect to be entertained with joy and comfort. Safety from the weather is only two steps up to the covered porch. A must in the days when the ladies were dropped off and the men soon to follow.

My own home(HERE) is just three years old but many have asked if I renovated an existing home. I consider that a joy to hear because that was my intent. To appear as though it had been here forever. Additions that are fashioned from different eras can be tastefully achieved and is a sought after look. It’s charming and reflects a home that was worthy of growing with the family and future generations. Many add on homes have a touch of cottage and English style. I think the above home does a good job of keeping its NC heritage and then maturing through what is currently a trend to update the neighborhood.

You can see all the homes I’m featuring in this series by visiting the category,

Whitewashed Brick Homes.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. rebecca says:

    Anna, can you tell me where you found this picture? I’m from Raleigh NC and would love to find out who painted this home with a distressed look. It’s my favorite one I’ve seen because the others look too spotty. I want this exact look for my brick home. Thank you!


    1. Anna says:

      I am sorry that I don’t know. I’ve been very sick since 2012 and am sorry for such a late response. Good luck on your home.


  2. kendall says:

    Would love to try the whitewashed technique to our traditional red brick…wondering if anyone knows details of how it’s done…this one looks like paint which has been “distressed/aged” others look like they have more of a “lime wash-with more brick showing”. Hoping to get more info on both.



    1. Kendall–thank you for visiting my site. It’s my pleasure to post these for you. It is hard to decide on a degree of white. It is best to consult with a pro who has done several already. It can really go badly if you get an amateur. Not to mention expensive!


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