* *Update - May 2016 Some of you may have been watching Fixer Upper lately - you'll notice that  sweet ol' Joanna Gaines has used this EXACT method in some of the houses  that they've been renovating down in Waco. She calls it "German Smear" and  has been using it to change the looks of many homes this season. You're  welcome Jojo!  One of the first things I knew I wanted to do when we purchased our home  was to white-wash the brick. I wasn't sure what method I wanted to do  specifically but…

How To: Mortar Wash (German Smear) a Brick Fireplace (Updated May 2016)

* *Update - May 2016 Some of you may have been watching Fixer Upper lately - you'll notice that sweet ol' Joanna Gaines has used this EXACT method in some of the houses that they've been renovating down in Waco. She calls it "German Smear" and has been using it to change the looks of many homes this season. You're welcome Jojo! One of the first things I knew I wanted to do when we purchased our home was to white-wash the brick. I wasn't sure what method I wanted to do specifically but…

Prior to the renovation, the home exterior was plain brown brick. The distinctive whitewashing effect was achieved through a technique known as German mortar smear.

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Prior to the renovation, the home exterior was plain brown brick. The distinctive whitewashing effect was achieved through a technique known as German mortar smear.

painting brick - limewash vs whitewash vs smeared mortar or mortar wash vs the worn pait look. smeared mortar partial

painting brick - limewash vs whitewash vs smeared mortar or mortar wash vs the worn pait look. smeared mortar partial

whitewashed fireplace - Google Search // what about a shale blue like that instead of a mustardy accent wall?

How To Whitewash Brick

Love the stone on this corner fireplace (Smoked Leuders Chopped Stone with cream mortar) and also the furniture arrangement (open kitchen is behind the couch), mantle is cedar stained in espresso, Bassett Furniture Ellery L-shaped leather sectional in Stone, Bassett Furniture Tahoe Wool Rug in Cream. Wall color is SW Repose Gray

Love the stone on this corner fireplace (Smoked Leuders Chopped Stone with cream mortar) and also the furniture arrangement (open kitchen is behind the couch), mantle is cedar stained in espresso, Bassett Furniture Ellery L-shaped leather sectional in Stone, Bassett Furniture Tahoe Wool Rug in Cream. Wall color is SW Repose Gray

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