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Turnip 04-14-2007 01:48 PM

Brick: to paint or not to paint, that is the ?
Hi everyone,

Hoping for some input!

I just picked up a 50's one-story brick house ~1300ft2 (Charlotte, NC) and it's got a brick veneer that I find less than desirable. It's an orange-ey brick with a very slick finish. You can see an image at this link if you'd like:

I'm considering the sin of painting brick, justified by the hideous, unmatchable color and texture of the original brickwork.

Anyone want to talk me off the ledge, or offer words of encouragement? Is painting an ugly 50's brick house really THAT bad?

Darylh 04-15-2007 12:36 PM

I here lots of this going on so you can come off that ledge now:laughing:
Before taking a pludge like that I would be thinking of getting rid of that white. Maybe a light Beigh for your wood work and doors. Incorperate some light browns ( pots, planters or any other iteams you can think of) . Wright now there is to much contrast between the brick and the white so by softning the white the brick might not look as bad.

Turnip 04-15-2007 04:34 PM

oh yeah..
Yeah, the white is being scraped, sanded and painted over. I'm replacing the iron railing with wood and putting in a new landscape.

Maybe I'll try the new stuff before passing the point of no return. I was planning on coming in with brown on the porch anyway...

But if it still doesn't look right, I'm gonna cover it up :whistling2:

Darylh 04-15-2007 10:06 PM

Sounds like a good plan. It is always a good idea to do things around a major project change when feeisible. Hopefully you will keep in touch and show us some pics of your progress and finished results.

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