Painting Exterior Brick

2 Materials
2 Days

One of the things I disliked about our home is the red brick and red roof. Red is just not my thing. Especially since the brick is only on the front and doesn’t match the rest of the house. But I didn't know what to do...

It hit me that I could paint it dark, creating a beautiful contrast.

After sampling different shades I decided on Carbon Copy by Behr.

Prep is a huge part of painting exterior brick. The first thing you want to do is clean it. The easiest way to do that is using a pressure washer.

After power washing I waited 2 days to make sure the brick was completely dry before starting to paint.

To continue the prep, I taped off the vinyl, windows and stairs incase of overspray and I could have a crisp line from the brick to the vinyl.

For the brick I chose to use Benjamin Moore’s Exterior Primer and I had it tinted to the darkest it could since I was painting such a dark color on the brick. I only used primer on the brick since the sides/foundations were already painted.

I did one coat and let it dry for the day since I had to get my kids from school.

The next day was the big painting day! I could not wait to see this transformation. I purchased a 5 gallon bucket of Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select Exterior High Build Flat Finish Paint.

When painting brick since there are tops, bottoms and sides that all need to be painted, I needed to use a step stool to make sure I was getting a down angle on the top part of the brick. I not only painted the brick in the front but also our side entrance, and foundations. I did two coats on the brick waiting 4 hours in-between coats.

I love the contrast it creates with the white vinyl siding..and do you know how long I wanted to see these Rhododendron plants against something other than that red brick!

So what do you think? Would you paint the brick on your house…what about painting it this color?

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  • Mary Mary on Jun 10, 2021

    Love it! I wish I could have a black and white house, but my neighbor has 2 Birch trees, which are just a few feet away from my house, and they now drop black pitch all over the side of my house and porch, and the only way to get it off is to power wash it. Question: your sidewalk looks like packed down #5 gravel. What is it?

  • Giselle Giselle on Jun 10, 2021

    I love the change! In the picture you are power washing the brick, what type of bush is that? It is gorgeous!

  • Pineapple Pineapple on Jun 10, 2021

    I love it! I have a red brick retaining wall all around the front of my property and I hate it. I have thought of painting it black. My house is a split level with tan vinyl siding. What do you think? Did you use a paint sprayer or brush?


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  • Ellis Ellis on Jun 13, 2021

    It's very attractive, much more striking than the red brick.

    For anyone considering painting their brick, I saw a d-i-y show just a few days ago, and the contractor recommended staining the brick, because stain would soak in, while paint remains on the surface and might peel, requiring repainting, and there are very dark stains available, even black. The drawback was that the stain needs to be brushed on, brick by brick, so as not to stain the mortar, too. This would be impractical for a whole house, but might be doable on a limited amount of brick.

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    • Ellis Ellis on Jun 13, 2021

      I guess you could, if you choose to. The contractor/host I saw (Mike Holmes) was determined to make it look as if black bricks had been used originally, so he had workers very carefully stain each brick separately with a brush. I suppose it's a matter of whether the mortar will look the way you want it with stain applied.

      They did a whole house!

  • Anna Ibarra Anna Ibarra on Jun 13, 2021

    This came out beautiful! I love the black color choice. 😍👌🏼

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