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.
PROS Of Painting Brick
- Boosts curb appeal. Painting red brick can make a dark dismal home look fresh and inviting like nothing else can. And it can increase your homes value if it’s done correctly.
- Protection from elements. When your house is properly painted it acts as a sealant and protect against weather changes and moisture.
- Easy to keep clean. Brick is naturally porous and dirt and debris can become trapped making it difficult to clean. Painting the brick provides a smooth surface that is much easier to clean with an occasional power washing.
CONS Of Painting Brick
- Painting brick is permanent. Professinal 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 with 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 preparred 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 visable on the painted brick. An occasional power washing will keep the painted brick crisp and clean. The service is affordable costing a couple hundered dollars if you don’t want to tackle it yourself. We own a power a power washer so we will DIY when it’s neccesary.
For us, 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
Updating The Landscaping
Painting the red brick exterior wasn’t the only thing we did. The landscaping needed an update as well, 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. Rock borders, a few strategically placed boulders, painted brick, and natural wood finish shutters completed the look.
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.
We also gave the front porch an update with wood-wrapped columns to match the shutters. CLICK HERE to learn how we did it.
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 from.
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