Brick design commonly see in some European countries and in USA. In Indonesia the exposed brick also used to give a sense of unique and homey, but whitewashing technique rarely being eyed. Brick design is playful and has magical nuance in architecture designs, particularly on houses. You can just display its natural color or, in case you are decide to change your house atmosphere, you can do magic by whitewashing your red brick house. While red brick house displays commonly used to light up a rustic and industrial nuance, whitewashed brick will strengthen your simplicity and scandinavian, yet elegant taste. Just imagine combining whitewashed brick with bohemian décor and arrangement, would it be so chic? Whitewashing brick can be applied on various rooms, from the living room at the front, fireplace, to the kitchen and bedroom.
If you are a diy-type of person, whitewashing will provide a thrilling challenges as some methods are easily applicable. When we talk about whitewash brick house, it is not uncommon that we will also talk about lime wash. Some records mentioning that lime wash technique is broadly used in world war periods, but some historian pull it far back to Egyptian civilization. Though in this modern time lime-based undergoing some modification to make ease and faster process, these statements affirm that this old technique is safe for environment. Thus, if you decide to apply this technique on your brick designs, means you also advocating the green house approach. Isn’t that sound splendid to you?
List of The Simplicity Of Whitewash Brick House
1. The Simplicity Of Whitewash Brick Fireplace
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The process to whitewash red brick wall
Tempted to give it a try? Here are couple of technique you can perform to whitewash brick house. The traditional, old, way is using lime wash. Today, you can easily find various lime-based coat which quick apply and dry faster. As usual, before you start working on whitewash, you should clean the targeted area, sweep the area to get rid the dust, cobweb, oil etc. Then you can cover non-targeted area that verged with the working area, including floor. Add water mixture to the lime-based paint gradually, to test the consistency you had planned, since you can be taking in but not taking out. Painting the wall should be done layer by layer. You can brush your wall brick-by-brick, or just brush it entirely. After the first coat finished and dry, you can inspect the result, feel the different nuance. Add the second layer with the same way as previous. You can add additional layers if you want ticker whitewash. Also it would be look nice if you brush the brick wall in random way, so that some brick provides a glimpse of its natural color. Contouring brick house can be done with different thickness and tools.
However, if you prefer a denser look and neat, without any contouring, or tend to uniformity of your brick wall display, you can use latex-based paint. Painting your brick wall using latex-base have nearly similar process and difficulty. It is all about your personal taste.
2. Latex-based Or Lime-based Whitewash
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Latex-based or lime-based whitewash?
Both wall surface coats, latex-based and lime-based, obviously have several pro and con. Applying latex and lime-based coat are equally tricky. However, if we pay attention to the old residence with lime-whitewashed brick, it proves that lame-based coat is longer. In case your walls, as time passed, get murky, you only need to recoated it. Lime-based coat also already proven for its capacity on deter microorganism due to its high pH. Lime-based coating on brick wall beneficial in maintain room air quality than latex; this because lime-based coating let the brick keep “breathing” while latex-based completely coat the brick.
Though lime-based whitewash containing organic component and natural process it is a durable. Means you can save more money for maintenance and recoating your whitewashed brick house. Choosing latex at the wrong time, will risk trapped the moisture, it would be risky during particular season as it potentially freezes and later on erode the brick. The peeled paint on your wall is a symptom that trapped moisture start to erode the break. Be watch on it!
Distressing lime-based whitewash and latex-based have different challenge. You cannot easily scrub the latex if you decide to change the wall color. Latex need power washing or sandblasting, which endanger the brick.
Pros And Cons Of Paint Application On Brick Expose (?)
When we build my first house, one thing I really want was having an exposed brick in one of area, either outside or inside the house. After various research about the brick and all its pro and cons, we decided that we will realized it the last bad room, at the back, and back porch. Too high enthusiasm, turn out, can trapped us to make wrong decision. Not merely about the brick, but how we concerting it with other element. In that bed room we install bamboo braid as plafond, and darker floor tile. Combining both with exposed red brick, though only in one side, make the room look darker. Though at the other sides we brush brighter paint. Well, as temporary way out, we use brighter, higher volt of lamp. It cost us electricity bill. It took several months for us to decide “ok let’s whitewash that red brick! at least we remain has brick expose inside the house”. So we learn, hardly, about “choosing a priority”. If we want to make the expose brick as a spotlight, it would be better if the other element displays brighter color. Darker nuance is better for larger or semi open area.
3. Lime-based Whitewash
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4. Paint Application On Brick Expose
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The other side, the exposed red brick at the back porch make anyone feel relaxing, unite with our garden. Exposed brick can also bring particular luxury feeling. This site of the house is our favorite; we put rattan lounger, surround by plants, we create our little haven.
Combining Whitewashed Brick And Metal Roof
Another way to make your house look bright and stand out is by installing a metal roof on your whitewashed brick house. Metal roof is so adjustable with your home shape. Some metal roof materials are consisting of recycled material, thus it environmental friendly. But, unfortunately, it takes more cost and transport noisy from surrounding. Another problem you should aware before install metal roof is that it easily expands as metal characteristic. Contouring wall or installing different windows panel color, such copper or black, can add masculine and industrial characteristic for your whitewashed-brick-metal-roof house façade.
5. Combining Whitewashed Brick And Metal Roof
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Concerting Whitewashing Brick
Feeling the whitewash brick to strong or you need to edit your whitewash? You can distress whitewash brick wall by scrubbing it with rag that dampened it in paint-stripper. This simple trick is for you who want to done it by yourself, dry paint and not-too-large area or you may take time. For contouring whitewashed at exterior wall, the professional painter use garden hose to spray the half-dry whitewash. The spraying method is intended to get transparent color of whitewash brick. But you have to done it in sunny, spring day. You can try to mix denser whitewashed brick on front house and distress the whitewashed brick wall at the sides.
6. Concerting Whitewashing Brick
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Whitewashed Brick Greenhouse
Another building where you can construct a whitewashed brick is at your green house. Whitewashed brick green house will easily absorb light, and brighten the area. Whitewashed brick on greenhouse usually done at the outside part. Brick and aluminum frames both are frequently combine in modern greenhouse style.
Scandinavian And Whitewashing Brick
Whitewashed brick house frequently seen as a chic design. But of course we can mix it with other elements to bring in another feeling. Implementing Scandinavian-style with whitewashed brick can add glamorous and bohemian style. All you should do is putting some natural color macramé, wood hanger for picture or any display on your whitewashed brick, metal-based lamp and simple furniture. Putting those elements together, then you lived up bohemian-scandinavian-chic style.