Exterior brick and paint are both among the most popular options for those looking to introduce a dash of decorating pizzazz into their exterior décor. Any number of different paint colors can add a touch of personality to your exterior décor, while red brick is a decorating feature unto itself, and one that, when cared for properly, can last for decades.
So why not combine these two exterior decorating ideas and paint your red brick? It may be tricky, but as long as you are careful and heed these tips, you can do it and bring out the best in both decorating features.
To avoid messes and make painting on red brick exteriors as clean, quick, and easy as possible, you’ll want to follow a few basic tips, beginning with:
If you are changing the color of the brick wall to a color that is drastically different than the white primer, tint your primer to 50% of the color you chose to paint your brick with.
Another common mistake is to underestimate how much paint you’ll need. You may think that it’s “just” a brick wall, but remember that you want to add at least 2 coats to make sure that the color integrity remains constant. I would plan on figuring about 150 sq. ft. per gallon.
One trend that is gathering steam among those painting their exterior brick walls is to whitewash them. This can imbue a space with a sense of being both classic and modern. The crisp white can also brighten up the exterior considerably as light bounces off it.
There is no shortage of great design ideas that can be put into place via exterior red brick painting schemes. Simply follow these steps and you’ll be able to clean and paint your brick with the best of them.