Painting A Brick House

1 Oct

As you may know, our new house is (was) lovingly referred to as “two-toned” because of its half siding / half brick exterior.  Totally ’80s.  Totally tacky.  Some people like it and I’m super glad for them but we just weren’t digging it.  It’s a great house and we love it but the exterior was making us crazy.   After doing some research on painting brick, I actually read a post by another family who referred to their half and half house as “Spongebob” and I felt the need to name ours in the same vein.  Our house was like an “Arnold Palmer” … you know, half lemonade and half iced tea, just upside down.

We’ve been scoping out painted brick houses for about a month now, trying to visualize what it would look like on our house.  There are several homes on our commute that are painted brick and they look amazing.  There are even a few that are part brick, part siding just like our Arnold Palmer and it just looks so much better painted.  After going back and forth, we decided to just bite the bullet and hope for the best.  We worked with John again from greatamericanhandyman.com to have the project done.  Here is a close-up that John sent me when they started the paint job (it looks super permanent):

AAHH!  I was worried about the matching situation and while it’s not 100%, it’s almost exactly the same… the siding is probably a little dirty anyways.  I think it looks amazing and with some wear and tear, it will match perfectly.  Here is a photo of the house mid-project:

Check out Moe in the front door … we don”t know how he feels about it yet.

John the Handyman suggested that we paint the existing shutters and door black (GENIUS!) so we threw that into the project as well as adding shutters to the downstairs front windows.  After waiting for what seemed like forever (due to rain) the job is complete!

*Sigh of relief*

So much better!  Now that the house is painted, it brings a ton of attention to the yard which needs some major lovin’.  The azaleas are looking really pitiful and I’m getting ambitious but I’m pretty sure I can plant some boxwoods and bulbs and lay some mulch to clean things up a bit.  For now, I’m just going to bask in the gloriousness that is now our just-lemonade house.

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  • http://unwindanddesign.blogspot.com/ Shawn

    Just found your blog as I was searching for painted brick homes. When I read your reference to “Spongebob” I had to laugh. On my blog, I refer to our home as Spongebob. That was so funny to read that. I am so inspired to see your home especially with the painted brick. We have been contemplating for years regarding painting the brick (as on my blog). I love the look of your home now. It really looks updated and cohesive. I showed my husband your after photo and I think you have finally made our minds up to FINALLY paint our brick. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • http://www.ledfordlife.com Samantha

      You are so welcome! It’s a big step but I’m so glad we did it and I’m glad it helped you decide. We found several before/after photos online and that’s how we decided to go for it as well. Good luck with your project, I’ll be sure to check out the ‘after’ photos!

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