How Painting Red Brick Made The Exterior Of Our House Look Huge

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How Painting Red Brick Made The Exterior Of Our House Look Huge
How Painting Red Brick Made The Exterior Of Our House Look Huge

But it was so cute when we bought it 15 years ago. I loved the red brick back then and never dreamed I would ever consider painting it, but time changes everything, including styles. For the last 5 years, all I could think of was how I was going to convince my hubby that painting the red brick would make our home’s dark and dismal exterior appear larger and more inviting.

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Painting Red Brick- Before & After

Welcome to our humble home. It’s a modest 1800 square feet and has been our sanctuary away from all the hustle and bustle of what used to be our usual work life. Out the door by 6 am and back home by 6 pm. Until 7 years ago, my hubby and I both had major changes in our work schedules.

Now we both work from home and spend all our days here and love being able to walk outside and take a break or spend an evening sitting on the front porch. We both agreed that something needed to be done.

We’ve spent a lot of time and love updating the interior of our home, making it our own over the last few years but neglected the exterior other than mowing the yard. The plan was to give our traditional dark brick home a twist of the modern farmhouse charm that I desperately wanted. Painting the red brick would definitely be cheaper than buying a new home… we both agreed. We (more like I) wanted to sell our home before this makeover! But not now. That was after I finally got my hubby to agree that painting the red brick would look amazing. And I was right!

A Total Transformation After Painting The Red Brick Exterior

After much research, we decided to go forward and paint the exterior red bricks on our home, knowing there would be pros and cons. The PROS won! Here is what we found.

  • Boosts curb appeal. Painting the red brick can make a dark, dismal home look fresh and inviting like nothing else can. And it can increase the value of your home if it’s done correctly.
  • Protection from elements. When properly painted, your house acts as a sealant and protects against weather changes and moisture.
  • Easy to keep clean. Brick is naturally porous, and dirt and debris can become trapped, making cleaning difficult. Painting the brick provides a smooth surface that is much easier to clean with occasional power washing.
  • Painting brick is permanent. Professional painters know that once a brick is painted, it needs to stay painted. Consider this permanent unless you’re willing to fork over some major Dolla Dolla bills to have it removed. The good news is you can change the color. That was the winning decision for me!
  • Moisture can cause paint to chip. This is true for many home exteriors. Excessive moisture can be a concern with painted brick, especially near the base close to the ground. Be prepared to repaint every 7-10 years, depending on the quality of paint you use. We used the BEST paint by Sherwin Williams!
  • You may need to clean the exterior of your house more often. While painted brick is much easier to clean than natural brick, dirt and mildew will be more visible on the painted brick. An occasional power washing will keep the painted brick crisp and clean. The service is affordable, costing a couple of hundred dollars if you don’t want to tackle it yourself. We own a power washer, so we will DIY when it’s necessary.

The PROS outweighed the CONS, so we moved forward with the planning phase.

Do I DIY or hire an expert?

After researching how to paint a brick exterior, we knew that there would be multiple steps in preparing the brick before it could be painted, like washing and primer. Not something either of us wanted to take on.

The first thing you’ll need to decide is if you’re up for this challenge. Yes, I’m a DIYer of most home projects, but sometimes you know when to call in the professionals. So, we found a reputable painter that has experience painting brick. This isn’t something you want to guess on in hopes it all works out. It’s not like painting a piece of furniture. I highly recommend you hire this one out and get a professional. It’s worth the investment.

Sore muscles, joints and possible trips to the ER from falling off a ladder aren’t worth it. I’ve painted a few homes in my prime, and that was 20+ years ago. I don’t bounce like I used to.

The Colors We Chose

That was not an easy choice, but we decided to go with a light exterior in the end. The interior of our home is painted Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams, and I love it, but it wasn’t until I took the paint swatches outdoors that I noticed that the gray was much lighter outside than it appeared inside.

Gray is a great color choice for backgrounds, especially when you want your landscaping to pop. Mindful Gray has beige undertones making it a great choice if you’re choosing stone and wood accents.

Exterior Brick: Mindful Gray SW 7016

Exterior Trim: Snowbound SW 7004

The Results Of Painting Red Brick – Exterior Home Makeover


How Painting Red Brick Made The Exterior Of Our Home Look Huge

Best decision ever! See how painting red brick on the exterior of my home made it look HUGE! Check out the before and after photos.

We used the colors Mindful Gray and Snowbound by Sherwin Williams to paint our exterior brick home. We could be happier.

Painting our red brick home was the best decision we made when we decided to upgrade the exterior. The curb appeal is amazing and our home looks so much larger now.

Updating The Landscaping

Painting the red brick exterior wasn’t the only thing we did. The landscaping also needed an update, so we went a little over budget, but it was worth every penny! Thanks to Turf Pro Landscape Design for making my vision a reality. The look was completed with Rock borders, strategically placed boulders, painted brick, and natural wood finish shutters.

We also added wrap-around DIY wood columns on the front porch to tie it all together and give it a cohesive look.

I love the look of painted brick with the warm wood tones and those rock borders in the flower beds make the natural elements cohesive.

Oh, and the cute modern house numbers sign that I made. It was my inspiration for the wood tones. CLICK HERE to learn how to make them for your home.

One of the best things we did to our home was to paint that ugly red brick. The before and after is surprising!

Painting the red brick really did make the exterior of our home look larger, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. It gave the exterior a fresh airy feel and a touch of modern farmhouse charm that I wanted. It may not be a real farmhouse, but it’s certainly closer than where we started.

Thank you so much for joining me today, and I hope this inspires you if you are ever considering painting your brick home. It wasn’t as scary as my hubby thought it would be.

Until the next project… xo, Do



  1. Wow! Saw your before post on Instagram so had to check it out. Amazing after. I too have a red brick home, ours is a boring ranch. Your bravery in painted brick is inspiring me.
    Signed, red brick rancher, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

    1. It was scary, but once it got started, there was no turning back. I’m happy we did it. So good to have you stop by, Paula. Please come and visit me here often for more home DIY inspirations. πŸ™‚ xo Or subscribe to my weekly newsletter.

  2. Oh my word I love it!!! I’ve been there and felt at home but wow how this color just makes my home away from home pop!!! Yes girl. amazing choice!!!

  3. I absolutely love it! What a difference 😁. I really don’t like red brick. It looks like a totally different house. Well done. Xx

    1. How many coats did it take? I’m about to do the same, and love this color. Thanks for sharing

    2. Hi Rene!
      My painter sprayed two coats after priming. But from what I hear, rolling it on gives better coverage, especially if your brick is rough and not smoothβ€”best of luck with your project. We love the painted brick and would do it again. πŸ™‚ xo

  4. Do, it’s absolutely gorgeous! You did the right thing and it all looks so wondrful now.

    1. Hi, Victoria! It is a relief to have it completed. I can’t say it didn’t make me a tad bit nervous. Thank you for the kind words. πŸ™‚ xo

  5. I love it Donna! It’s beautiful! I just love white and gray painted brick! Amazing transformation – Congratulations and enjoy!

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! What an amazing transformation. I have never liked red brick. It just seems so outdated and boring. But the colors you chose are absolutely beautiful Donna. You are so talented!

  7. Just gotta say that I love it!! Makes a huge difference! And love the landscaping too! I think you made the right choices – enjoy your new home!

  8. BEST choice you could have made!!!
    I wish I had a brick home to do this and i would also go for a light gray. Were i live we get snow and as much as i like a white house, it seems to disappear surrounded by snow. My home exterior needs a makeover and i hope i make as good choices as you did. Also love the landscape and the shutters you made. I would buy your house in a heartbeat. I LOVE it all.

    1. Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by. I like the way you think. You are correct about the snow, and with that kind of vision, I know whatever you decide will look amazing. Getting started is half the battle. πŸ™‚ xo

  9. Donna, I love, love, love this. I’ve been talking to my husband for almost 3 years to paint out brick rancher which is 56 years old. I know it would brighten up the house so much. I am still working on it.
    Thanks so much for sharing this post. It is inspiring.

    1. Hi Lori! It is a delicate subject with the men, that’s for sure. I’m not sure what their fears are? Thank you for the kind words and good luck. πŸ™‚ xo

  10. Do you both knocked this out of the ball park. And let me tell you I love older homes remodeled. Yes it takes work but look at that Incredible transformation. Your interior/exterior designs is incredible. Lots of hard work and love and it will be enjoyment forever. Landscaping just tops it off. Just. WOW. Love these kinds of transformations.

  11. I just love the finished house, it looks great! The natural wood shutters are the perfect finishing touch.

    1. Thanks, Diane! I’ve had this look in my head for years. So glad I was finally able to get it completed. Now, time to tackle the backyard. It never ends. πŸ™‚

  12. What an amazing transformation! It’s beautiful! I also have a red brick house an have oh so wanted to paint! Maybe I can twist the hubby a little more…❀️

    1. Hi Kathy! Those guys need a little coaxing, that’s for sure. But afterward, they are so proud. Don’t give up on what you love. πŸ™‚ xo

  13. Do, you and your husband both knocked this out of the ball park. And let me tell you I love older homes remodeled. Yes it takes work but look at that Incredible transformation. Your interior/exterior designs is incredible. Lots of hard work and love and it will be enjoyment forever. Landscaping just tops it off. Just. WOW. Love these kinds of transformations. FYI and you did not have to pay the Property Brothers.

    1. Thank goodness I did have to pat the Property Brothers! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot. We love it, Denise! xo

  14. I agree the red brick had to go, but so does the red roof, which would brighten the house even more. color of grey is very inviting. Love it. Great job.

  15. Hi Do!
    I’ve never been one who would have thought painting brick was a good idea. Well, I’m here to say that it wasn’t a good idea … it was a GREAT ONE!! What a difference!!! The addition of the shutters, plantings and porch furniture brought it all together, brought it into the 21st century, livened it up and made it a thing of beauty. I do have a suggestion though … how ’bout painting the Big Garage Door? πŸ™‚
    Just sayin’….

  16. Do, honey, I don’t care who didn’t like this change! THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love it πŸ’• We have a 40’s white painted brick house and have talked about painting it for a while now… You have inspired me. I’m showing this to my husband πŸ˜‰

    1. Hi Bridgette!
      It has been fun to see the transformation. One thing I learned a long time ago is… to each his own. I share what I do to inspire others to DIY, but I also know that everyone has different tastes. I appreciate your kindness. Blessings to you, and good luck with your project. πŸ™‚ xo

  17. It really does make such a difference to the look of your home, so much lighter and really shows off the wooden features and landscaping. And I think unless you live in a really old (= hundreds of years old – I’m British) home with the lovely aged handmade bricks, there’s nothing to stop you going for it. Good on you for going with your instincts, it looks great.

  18. I like the new look a lot! The shutters really add a lot, too. Good for you for making the right decision.

  19. Love the painted brick sooo much!!! It looks fantastic! I personally would have gone with the wood a bit darker but that’s just me. Something along the lines of the door color. I think it looks really nice on your home though. The wood alone gives it character! Oh and I’m also glad you had someone do it for you. That is a major amount of work. We’ve done it twice now and never again! This body is done!

    1. Hi Shirley! Yes, I can see that having the wood match the door would look great too. I plan to purchase an old door and strip it down to the bare wood to match the wood shudders and columns. Good eye! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚