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This post has been years in the making and I am so happy to finally share our before and after shots of our white painted brick house. I have dreamed of having a white home for years and feel so grateful we are finally finished.

*Disclaimer: We had a huge windstorm two days before my house brick was painted that DESTROYED all my plants and flowers in my yard.

They were reduced to shreds and sticks where lush plants used to be especially in the front and on the back of the house.

The new door has been delayed due to Covid-19 and I will update this post when I can take a final after photo :). There are several reasons we ultimately made the decision to paint our brick exterior white.

I will also share the exact renovations we made to the exterior of our home in greater detail in upcoming posts. I knew it could be done with some elbow grease and a vision…but I always wanted to paint the brick white.

My husband wasn’t exactly on board with the idea of painting our brick in the beginning.

After doing a lot of research we narrowed our paint color choices down to three whites we felt were the best options to meet our needs. We painted some samples of each on all sides of our home to see how they looked at all times of day and different types of sunlight. The Alabaster was a little bit creamy without having a yellow undertone on my house (even at sunset).

The next big decision we had to make was the type of paint to use on our exterior brick. After talking with our painters, we ultimately decided to go with Behr Brick and Masonry Paint in a satin finish. But due to the height of our home and chimney’s we knew this was a project we would be willing to pay a professional to do.

There are so many things to look for when you are going to have someone working on your home–especially with a large scale project where any mistake can be costly to repair.

The longer they stay to make an estimate can show how they pay attention to details. Make sure to ask lots of questions about the size of the crew, the painter’s experience levels and inquire about local jobs they have completed so you can contact other homeowners about their satisfaction level and see their completed projects.

Have the painter repeat back what he thinks you are looking for and wanting out of the job. Also examine jobs the painters did several years ago to see how their work is holding up.

Also check with the Better Business Bureau, to learn whether the contractor has a history of bad jobs and unresolved complaints.

Also make sure they are licensed and insured so that in case of an accident you aren’t left with a big bill and an unfinished house.

The painter should promise to correct any chipping, peeling, blistering, flaking, or excessive fading or chalking that occurs within two years after the job is done at no or little cost. If he tells you the paint itself has a warranty, remember that doesn’t include labor, which is a far more costly proposition than material.

After waiting for a very long time, we are so excited to have this project officially off of the to do list! The first evening it was completed I made my husband drive me in circles around the house so we could stare at it from all angles in all it’s white glory!

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