Hi, any suggestions for updated old brick planters along my house ?

Kellie carroll
by Kellie carroll

want to update look of house to mid century but not sure what to do with old 60’s brick planters. Would love to wrap them with that rustic wide metal but not sure if i can wrap brick. They appear to be retaining walls so dont think i can just remove them but want to update look.

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  • 17335038 17335038 on Feb 20, 2022

    Yes, the brick wall is retaining the dirt and the lawn inside, so do not remove it, as this will result in a huge mess all over your walkway.

    It appears that the brick is discolored due to being very dirty.

    I would suggest to first give it a thorough cleaning with a pressure washer. After it is clean and dry, I'm sure it will look refreshed. If you still would like a change, I would suggest then to paint it.

  • They do look like retaining walls. You could clean with a power washer and either paint or whitewash them. If you want to use metal, you would need to attach it to the brick - probably with screws and you would need a masonry drill bit.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 20, 2022

    Those bricks are indeed retaining walls, if taken down, you'll have a big mess to contend with for years to come, unless you choose to have a landscaper come out and handle it professionally.

    Start with a pressure wash of your bricks to see how they look. Let dry.

    If you'd still like to do a metal wrap of them, bring in a professional company with samples to see what they suggest and how it would look, many options available in metal wraps.

    Painting would be much cheaper.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Feb 20, 2022

    power wash to clean it and let it dry for a few days and paint the brick to update it

  • William William on Feb 20, 2022

    That is a lot of brick. Removing and replacing would be a lot of work and can be costly. They are retaining walls. What ever you do to the planters you would need to do to all the brick. Best and easiest solution would to to power wash all the brick. I would not paint the brick unless you whitewash them. If you do white wash them use different shades of the color and randomly paint the bricks. This will give a more natural look. You can use a concrete stain in a more contemporary color. Cover the patio and walkway so not to stain them. Cover the garden beds also. Use a garden sprayer to apply the stain.

  • Janice Janice on Feb 20, 2022

    A good power wash will work wonders, then you can decide if you want to paint. You may just want to plant some plants in a very symmetrical manner to get the mid-century look at the front of your home.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Feb 20, 2022

    Hi Kellie, you can consider planting something that drapes over the edge and softens the look. I'm not sure what area you stay in but your local garden center will give you the best advice.

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 20, 2022

    After a very good pressure washing and a few days to let it dry out you could either stain, paint or white wash it.

  • Dee Dee on Feb 20, 2022

    I would power wash and get a brick stain and color the brick so it stands out. A lot less work than taking it out and messing up the retaining wall.

  • Tom Stuart Tom Stuart on Feb 20, 2022

    Personally, I think the wall goes perfectly with the house. I would change the planting by adding azalea or camellia or forsythia which are cold hardy and colorful. Small trees like dogwood or red bud will add an accent.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 21, 2022


    Just fill the Planters with Colourful Plants, that should do the trick. Otherwise look at using Chains & Posts to give a different look, or maybe Large Rocks or other ornamental things such as Gnomes, Statues, Lights etc.

  • Annie Annie on Feb 21, 2022

    Pic was taken in the fall, so more drabby then other times of year. Brick can be replaced or covered with Allen block, some low maint.ground coverings like mulch or decorative gravel. Pressure wash concrete

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 21, 2022

    You could stain them or add metal above them for a different look. I definitely would not remove them.

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 21, 2022

    Tom is right need to add something to bring some color in but is looks like too much brick of the same shade.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Feb 22, 2022

    They are brick so you could lime wash them that will give them a white look and you could take some off as you like the look it rubs off .it will brighten the brick up you might want to do the whole house in lime wash .google it so you could see it.

  • I would whitewash them! That's a very hot look right now. If you want to keep it a more uniform color to blend you might be able to paint them with a masonry paint. We used a concrete tinted paint to cover our cement patio. Looks amazing and held up great!

  • You might look into whether covering them in metal would trap too much moisture and degrade the bricks and structure. As others have said, a good cleaning might be all that's needed. There are masonry stains available too that you might check into.

  • Mar55909867 Mar55909867 on Apr 14, 2022

    Black wash the planters in front of house grey wash the brick by sidewalk or white but I'd try just black first may not even need to do walkway bricks. I would build the beds up one to 3 higher plant skyrocket yhews one on each side inside and outside ends of beds in the middle pick 2 colors like red and pink with small hint of blue like a lily of the Nile and plant potato Vine in front of it all so it can drape down and over the beds .

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 07, 2022

    If you want to cover up the brick insert wood shingles in front of the brick planters. Easy to replace and cedar would weather well and eventually turn a shade of gray.