I remember meeting Abigail Ahern a few years ago. When I questioned her about the commitment involved in painting with dark shades, I was reminded that a room only takes a day to decorate and therefore a day to change back if you don’t like it.
Painting seems to be a lot slower in our house but I get the idea – paint is not particularly permanent, or is it?!
Painting Exterior Brick
The 1850s part of our house is joined to a Victorian pig shed outbuilding by a bog-standard brick extension. Thankfully whoever added the roof opted for locally sourced vintage roof tiles but the walls look like they’ve just dropped off the back of a B&Q palette.
Last year I started to think about painting the new brick, but I have the fear. I am becoming increasingly cautious about all things decor and I’m not sure it’ll be something I come to regret. Once it’s done, well, it’s done. Last I heard you couldn’t get a scrubbing brush out and wipe it off.
Painted Brick Inspiration
Sherry and John from decorating bible, Young House Love have very nearly swayed me. They painted their early eighties brick house a fetching shade of soft white and I happen to think it looks utterly fabulous.
I’m thinking a similar off white shade would work with my plastic windows and complement the patio. Sherry and John used Masonry Flat Paint by Romabi. The formulation is mould resistant and lets the brick breathe rather than sealing in moisture. I need to do my research to see if something similar exists over here in the UK.
A few images below knocking about on my Pinterest boards to show a mix of brickwork and painted exteriors. If only my garden could be that manicured. Just to be clear, I’d be leaving the old brick of the pig shed, just painting over the newer extension that sits in the middle.
Painted Brick Considerations
- It’s permanent so there’s no going back once that brush hits the wall
- Both brick and mortar will need priming and adequate time left for them to both dry
- Mineral paints are ideal to let the brick breathe rather than a traditional latex paint
A couple of years ago I did find a tutorial for limewashing brick walls. I even purchased the lime and tried it out in an inconspicuous spot but found its runny consistency was very difficult to work with.
What do you reckon? Shall I go for it? Anyone else painted brick or done something irreversible in their own home?
Header image by Young House Love