We painted our brick house!

I recently wrote a blog article exploring options of painting our brick house – Brick – To paint or not to paint.

It was a big decision to make and an even bigger undertaking, but we (me with the help my amazing mum, until I turned her off ever picking up a paint brush again) did it! We decided against rendering the house because so many houses in our area are rendered and we think painting the brick gives the soft textured look we are after.
Here’s what our place looked like before we started.


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And off we went. The video above is mum and me over the period of a day, Damian set up the time lapse.

Here are some before, during and after shots. It took about 6 weekends to complete and a tonne of double strength shale grey exterior paint. Because exterior paint has a primer in it, I ended up doing two coats on the entire two storey house – a huge job!

The side of the house.

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The deck.

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The front section.

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The huge western wall at the back of the house.

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And here’s what our home now looks like with the new garage, picket fence and gatehouse.


A huge transformation! We are absolutely delighted that our house is looking less ‘old man’ (an old Italian guy used to own it), and more like a home that is loved and adored.

It was worth every tireless hour spent up the ladder to achieve it.

We’d love to know what you think – please leave a comment.


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    1. Post author

      Thanks Chris. We are thinking of keeping the red roof, it lifts it. We were going to get it sprayed charcoal, but think that may make it look too heavy.

    1. Post author

      Hi Kristy, we used Berger exterior paint which had a primer in it. We ended up doing two coats and I think we ended up using 4 x 15 litre buckets of paint and a lot of paint brushes!

  1. Sven

    This design is incredible! You most certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to
    start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that,
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  2. Sarah

    Hi I love the shale grey paint on your blog just wondering what was the colour used for the garage? Was that also shale grey?? We are building a house and I absolutely love the colour. Please email me back the colour at your earliest
    Thank u

  3. Michelle

    I’m so happy to have come across your blog! Especially this post about painting your exterior bricks. I have just begun painting the exterior of our brick home and was so nervous to begin with because I haven’t seen it done very often? A lot of people tend to stick with render. I’m loving the transformation so far with our home and I love yours, it looks fantastic! Do you think or have you changed the roof paint colour? Our roof is the same colour as yours and now with the grey exterior I feel like it doesn’t go well together. We are currently getting quotes for roof painting…expensive! Anywhoo, thanks for sharing, I’ve loved exploring your blog!
    Michelle x

  4. Scott Bentley

    Hi Billie,
    Im so glad I have found your blog. I have a house of a very similar vintage and have been toying with idea of painting the brick.
    What you have done looks incredible. Did you only use brushes? Do you try rollers or spray guns?
    The house looks great. I think we are going to see alot more people doing this as rendering is expensive and can sometimes strip away the character of a house.

  5. Lawrence Barnes

    Well done for painting your brick home, so many people go down the render path. Rendering is expensive and i think more prone to cracking anyway. I don’t think painting brick homes has taken off in Australia as yet, in the States it’s quite common to see.

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