Originally, the #staggreno was almost entirely brick, with just a couple spots of really terrible painted wood siding.
We always planned to keep the brick, and add some new siding materials with hardy board and board and batten. I’ve already shown you the color schemes we were considering and today I’m sharing my method for how to paint brick.
Once we narrowed the colors down, we wanted to test some samples. We had some spare brick from the additions so we put a different color on three different bricks. I wanted the house to feel fresh, modern, and light, but also have some contrast with the wood siding, black windows, and roof.
We ended up choosing Sherwin Williams Stamped Concrete in a matte finish for the brick, Front Porch for the hardy siding on the front of the house, and Peppercorn for the board and batten siding on the back of the house.
The paint went up a few days after I had Anna and I was so antsy about it, I actually sat in the car out front and fed her while I watched the painters work. I know, I’m a nut job.
After power washing the brick and carefully covering all of the windows and soffit with plastic, they sprayed on the first coat– a primer.
It was looking really blue. Too blue. Anna was clearly very concerned.
But after the first coat of paint went up, our fears were calmed. Couldn’t you just munch on those cheeks? But I digress…. the paint color was looking fantastic.
Another coat of paint, and I was giddy. It was looking so good!
You know how sometimes when you see painted brick it looks really thick, shiny and pasty? It makes the brick look like it’s made of plastic. Yeah, that’s not my favorite. How did we avoid it, you ask?
(1) We sprayed. We didn’t roll. We wanted the texture of the brick to show through to maintain the three dimensional feel of the brick, and rolling the paint evens out the surface of the brick and eliminates the texture. Don’t roll your brick, people.
(2) We used paint with a matte finish. If you think about it, all unpainted brick has a matte finish, so why would you use a paint with anything other than a matte finish? People often choose full gloss or semi-gloss because it may be easier to clean, but the sheen on the paint is one of the things that makes painted brick look terrible. No sheen, people.
So to recap, we power washed, we sprayed one coat of primer, we sprayed two coats of matte paint and voila: fresh brick that looks brand new. And the major don’ts: don’t roll paint on your brick and don’t use a glossy finish.
The siding is almost complete– can’t wait to show you how it all came together. I loooooove it!