Recently we added some curb appeal to our home by creating a whitewash “antique brick” look on our home’s exterior. Come along as I walk you through the process for this easy, updated look!
When we bought this home, I instantly fell in love with the huge wrap-around front porch. It even came with the perfect front porch swing! The red door and the outdated red brick would be an easy fix to create the perfect exterior I had always dreamed of for our farmhouse.
I have always loved white brick and especially that antique look where some of the brick shows underneath the mortar. This look was easily achieved with simply a bucket of mortar, a little time, and some messy hands!
Here is a before photo of our home. We have plans to paint the roof soon!
As you can see, the brick was not bad at all, just not our taste!
A lot of trees have come down since this photo along with a front door refresh!
Supplies used for whitewash antique brick
Our home is about 3600 square feet, but only the front of the home and half of each side has the brick skirt around the porch. Therefore, we only had to purchase one bucket of Mortar for this project.
We purchased the white, 3.5 gallon, pre-mixed mortar from Lowe’s. It is around $47 and is found in the tile section at Lowe’s.
Originally, thought we’d need a putty knife to scrape, but we ended up not using that technique as planned.
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Originally, I had planned to apply the mortar then scrape away some of it after it partially dried. However, after my husband and I began the application process, we changed our minds.
We started out wearing gloves, but they continued to get holes in them as they scraped against the brick, so we just went all in with our hands! It was quite fun to be honest!
We applied the mortar in handfuls and scraped it into the cracks and spread it across each brick. (There really is no wrong way to apply this stuff!)
Then we went over each section patting it with our palm. This created that messy, splattered look but also left some bare spots on the brick to expose the previous brick color. See video for this process.
The entire process only took us about 1.5-2 hours total. I love quick and easy curb appeal updates!
I am completely in love with this whitewash, antique brick look. This antique look is not for everyone, but red bricks were not for us! This home is becoming more and more like my dream farmhouse one project at a time!
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