This post has been years in the making and I am so happy to finally share our before and after shots of our white painted brick house. I have dreamed of having a white home for years and feel so grateful we are finally finished.
*Disclaimer: We had a huge windstorm two days before my house brick was painted that DESTROYED all my plants and flowers in my yard. They were reduced to shreds and sticks where lush plants used to be especially in the front and on the back of the house. We also will be getting a new front door and painting all the exterior doors black. The new door has been delayed due to Covid-19 and I will update this post when I can take a final after photo :).
PAINTED BRICK HOUSE
There are two types of people…those who love painted brick and those who don’t. Obviously we fall in the first category. There are several reasons we ultimately made the decision to paint our brick exterior white. I will share all of those reasons in a later post. I will also share the exact renovations we made to the exterior of our home in greater detail in upcoming posts.
When we bought our new to us home 17 years ago, I loved everything about the home except for the brick color. The home has great bones and was built so well despite having been neglected for several years.
There was a lot of work to do to get it back to a beautiful condition inside and out. I knew it could be done with some elbow grease and a vision…but I always wanted to paint the brick white.
My husband wasn’t exactly on board with the idea of painting our brick in the beginning. But as we worked on the interior of the home and fixed it up to meet our style and needs, he began to think more seriously about painting the brick exterior of the home so that it felt more like the inside of the home and felt more like OUR home.
WHITE PAINTED BRICK
Since we knew we were going to paint the brick white, we needed to pick a brick paint that would be able to last as long as possible.
My two biggest concerns were were the following:
- picking a white paint that wasn’t TOO white and was blinding to look at
- picking a white paint that didn’t have any strong yellow, green, pink or blue undertones
WHITE PAINT COLOR CHOICES
After doing a lot of research we narrowed our paint color choices down to three whites we felt were the best options to meet our needs. We painted some samples of each on all sides of our home to see how they looked at all times of day and different types of sunlight.
Our white paint color choices were the following:
Ultimately we went with Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.
We shared this photo on my instagram (are you following me there?) and had everyone vote for their favorite after showing the different colors in different lighting at different times of the day and the majority of you voted for Alabaster as well!
I am so happy with the color choice! The Alabaster was a little bit creamy without having a yellow undertone on my house (even at sunset). The Alabaster did not read too white on my house, but was a nice neutral and natural white. The White Dove looked a little yellow at certain times of the day and the Snowbound ended up looking a little blue-ish and silvery in some light.
Every house is different so I highly recommend you testing out different color sample on your own house before just going with someone else’s suggestion!
EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINT
The next big decision we had to make was the type of paint to use on our exterior brick. This was a big decision and one we didn’t take lightly. We spent a lot of time researching all of our different options. After talking with our painters, we ultimately decided to go with Behr Brick and Masonry Paint in a satin finish. We had to order the paint and then the painters mixed the paint at Home Depot to get the Alabaster by Sherwin Williams color match.
There are several reasons we decided to go with the Behr Brick and Masonry paint as opposed to Romabio paints and other latex paint options. If you have any questions about that I am happy to answer any questions you might have. Just leave me a comment on this post! In the end, it came down to the 20 year warranty, reviews of some trusted friends who had used the paint previously, the paint base content and how the paint related to our specific exterior bricks.
HOW TO FIND A PROFESSIONAL PAINTER
You can certainly tackle painting your exterior brick on your own. We have done almost all of the Do-It-Yourself Home Projects on our home by ourselves. And could have done this ourselves if we had wanted to tackle such a large project. But due to the height of our home and chimney’s we knew this was a project we would be willing to pay a professional to do. If you are going to paint your own brick exterior make sure to do your research before beginning.
We wanted to make sure we went with a painter that had a lot of experience and was licensed and insured. There are so many things to look for when you are going to have someone working on your home–especially with a large scale project where any mistake can be costly to repair.
TIPS FOR HIRING A PROFESSIONAL PAINTER
- Meet the painter in person. Family and friends are a great resource. Schedule at least three different painters to get an estimate from. Be home with each painter as they evaluate the scale and size of the job. The longer they stay to make an estimate can show how they pay attention to details. Make sure to ask lots of questions about the size of the crew, the painter’s experience levels and inquire about local jobs they have completed so you can contact other homeowners about their satisfaction level and see their completed projects.
- Clearly state your expectations. Make sure you have good communication about your expectations and theirs. Have the painter repeat back what he thinks you are looking for and wanting out of the job.
- Get written estimates. Seek a written estimate from each contractor. It should include a breakdown of labor, material costs, the number of coats of primer and paint, the brand and model of materials, and a detailed description of the amount of surface preparation that will be done. Also ask about what their end process is. Do they have a walk through process at the end?
- Check painter’s references and past work. Get a list of references from each contractor and call them to find about their experience with the pro. A history of positive references is a good sign. Also examine jobs the painters did several years ago to see how their work is holding up. Use recent projects to check the skill of their current crews.
- Consider the painter’s credentials. Before you hire someone, consider his credentials. Verify whether the pro has the appropriate license(s). (You’ll find the licensing information in your state at the Contractor’s License Reference Site. Also check with the Better Business Bureau, to learn whether the contractor has a history of bad jobs and unresolved complaints.
- Obtain a complete contract. The contract should include all the contractor’s key information: name, address, office and cell numbers, and license number, plus whatever details were in the estimate. Make sure the contract clearly states what is and is not included in the job. Also make sure they are licensed and insured so that in case of an accident you aren’t left with a big bill and an unfinished house.
- Ask for a guarantee. The painter should promise to correct any chipping, peeling, blistering, flaking, or excessive fading or chalking that occurs within two years after the job is done at no or little cost. If he tells you the paint itself has a warranty, remember that doesn’t include labor, which is a far more costly proposition than material.
- Payment. Don’t make a large down payment right in the beginning. Be sure to withhold the final payment, until you are fully satisfied with the job.
After waiting for a very long time, we are so excited to have this project officially off of the to do list! It makes me so happy! The first evening it was completed I made my husband drive me in circles around the house so we could stare at it from all angles in all it’s white glory! I have started driving down a different street now on the way to my house so that I can get the full view of it coming down the street to it rather than coming to it from the other side! Ha!
What do you think? Have you ever thought about painting your brick exterior? It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do! I believe it has completely transformed the look and feeling of our home!
Look for the upcoming posts related to this project:
- Porch Remodel
- Back Deck Remodel
- Back yard Remodel
- Doors and Garage
- New Windows
- Fall Front Porch
- Wood ceilings on front porches
- Staining a pergola
- Brick and Chimney Caps
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