A white brick house is a dream – a classic, ensuring your home will never go out of style. Painting older or unattractive brick can even add instant value to your home! Building an all white brick house would have been nothing short of amazing, but it was not in the budget for us. As a compromise, we made a large portion of the front of our house white painted brick.
The White Painted Brick On Our House
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See that center part with no shutters? That is the white painted brick I dreamed about and eventually got on our house. I went back and forth on shutters for those four windows because I thought they were so pretty – especially the color – but I didn’t want anything covering up that brick. I only had so much pretty brick and it broke my heart to put anything over it!
Our foundation is white painted brick as well.
For the center of our house, we actually used brick veneer. Solid brick will cost you about three times more than brick veneer, so this is something to consider.
What is brick veneer?
Brick veneer is the same size and has roughly the same look as a solid brick. But while solid brick homes are built to structurally support a house, if you use brick veneer the brick does not support the structural load. In other words, the inner wall bears the weight of the structure, and not the brick. Brick veneer is still set just like a regular solid brick, with grout.
Even if you are painting the brick white, you want it to have a good texture. So if you are going the veneer route I would advise you to just make sure the veneer pieces have the same rough look as solid brick.
There is that brick with a fresh first coat, just making all my dreams come true!
Is Owning A White Painted Brick House High Maintenance?
We have currently lived in our house for 2.5 years, so keep that in mind when I share my experience. Equally as important, our home is a crisp, bright white – that hardest to keep clean and the first to show the dirt.
White painted brick is more maintenance, it is true. And our bright white against the red North Carolina clay in the soil is quite the contrast. Here in NC we also have a heavy pollen season- thick yellow dust covers our ground every April. It even turns the sidewalk yellow- so just imagine what all the yellow in the air does to a white brick house.
We hope to maintain the brick a small amount each year to keep it looking its’ best. Our second spring in the home we power washed the pollen off (on a low setting for the brick, please!). But this spring (our 3rd spring in the home) we did not need to power wash. The white looks great! So it is likely we need to power wash every two years. Certainly not too much upkeep.
If our brick was an off white shade of white, with a creamy or gray undertone it wouldn’t show dirt as easily.
I was told to maintain brick painted with latex paint you need to paint it every 3-5 years (according to the Brick Industry Association – yes that’s a thing!). But using a mineral-based paint instead of latex allows your brick to “breath”, cutting the time down to 20 years! Our brick is still in perfect condition- no signs of wear.
White Paint Color Combinations For Brick House
Our home is painted Sherwin Williams Extra White, a crisp bright white, in a flat. (You can read all about the paint colors used in my home here.) I love, love LOVE the flat finish, and highly recommend a flat matte sheen.
Painting your brick will transform your house. If you live in an existing unpainted brick house and are on the fence, it is certainly a personal decision. But it can often take a house that looks busy and make it look more uniform, and improve the overall value of the home!
Our house in Sherwin Williams Extra White | Shutters Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray
White brick is so beautiful it’s hard to go wrong here. Here are some other beautiful white brick homes that have me drooling!
Brick: Benjamin Moore Olympic Mountains
Via: Pike Properties
Brick: Benjamin Moore Ballet White | Shutters: Sherwin Williams Attitude Gray
Brick: Sherwin Williams Natural Choice |Windows: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
Via: Home Bunch
Brick: Sherwin Williams White Duck
Brick: Benjamin Moore China White
Via: Studio McGee
Our white brick porch painted Sherwin Williams Extra White