We’ve planned on painting the brick on our new house from the beginning, but we’ve seen some really pretty lime washed houses lately. This has us thinking of maybe lime washing instead.
We have some experience with painted brick, but not with lime wash. So in an effort to make an educated decision, I’ve been doing some research on both to help us make up our mind. This is a big decision, so I want to make sure we make the right one.
Painted brick has always been a favorite of ours. As I mentioned, Henry and I have a little experience with this. We painted a flip house a couple of years ago. The house had the ugliest brick I had ever seen. We painted it white and it was a complete transformation. Multiple people would stop by each day to ask about the painted brick. I’m convinced the painted exterior was one of the top reasons the house sold quickly.
So let’s talk about the pros and cons of painted brick.
Painting your brick will give your house a fresh timeless look, whether it’s new construction or a remodel. Since our home is a new construction, we will use the cheapest brick we can find, because it will be covered up with paint. But when doing this, it’s important to make sure all of the brick you use has the same texture, because the texture will show through the paint.
The money saved on the brick will offset the cost of the paint, material and labor.
Another pro, is being able to choose the exact color you want. If we go the painted route, we know we will be doing some shade of white. In my opinion there aren’t many things more beautiful than a white painted brick house!
Now for a few cons. While traditional non painted brick is practically no maintenance, painted brick does have some upkeep. It will require pressure washing every so often and eventually it will need to be repainted.
There is also a chance of trapping in moisture which ca cause mold build-up and cause the brick to break down over time. To avoid this you can use a mineral based paint that allows your brick to breath.
Limewash is a technique that has been around for ages. It’s a paint made with lime, and instead of sitting on top of the brick and creating a barrier, it penetrates the brick.
Limewash is definitely a beautiful technique that is becoming more and more popular. It’s a technique that gives your house an old world European look. When done correctly, it can give dated brick new life, or make your new home look like it has been there for ages – in a good way!
It’s something we are loving right now, but fear it may be something we get tired of.
A pro of limewash is that it will not peel off like normal paint since it penetrates the brick. This means less maintenance than painted brick. It also lets the brick breathe.
And speaking of less maintenance, since limewashed brick creates a worn and weathered look, natural wearing and aging will be less noticeable.
Another positive for limewash is that it’s all natural. It doesn’t have chemicals in it like regular paint.
A big con for us with limewash is we would have to use a specific kind of brick since the color of the bricks will be partially visible. This means no money savings by using a cheaper brick as we would have with painting.
Limewash creates a very unique look, one that needs to be done correctly to look good. This can be a con if you don’t hire someone who knows what they’re doing.
After a bunch of research, weighing out pros and cons, and looking at a lot of inspiration pictures, we’ve decided to go with painted brick. I think for the look we are going for, it make more sense.
We do love limewash. And even though we’re not doing it on this house, maybe we can try it on a flip house at some point in the near future.