I have been wanting to paint my brick house pretty much since the day we bought it over 10 years ago. Husband is against this idea and thinks it turns a no-maintenance house into a higher-maintenance house. I don’t disagree, but when did I ever opt for a low maintenance anything? The other problem with painting my brick is the climate here at the beach. Warm and muggy and lots of harsh salt air. So mold can be a problem on a painted brick house because the brick no longer breathes. There is a gorgeous new house in my neighborhood that was built in what looked like Old Chicago brick (Gah! I would not paint over that!) and they painted it white. And now a year later, I see mold all over the house. So I have been investigating limewash - I love the look of the limewash because some of the brick still shows through. I’m waiting to hear back from a company I have read some reviews on that boasts their limewash doesn’t get moldy and wears and ages with time to look even more beautiful than Day 1 of painting – I think Husband will like that! If I’m going to do this, I will of course do it myself (any volunteers?!?!) so I need to get busy before it gets too hot!
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