Asked on Mar 03, 2015

Paint or Not?

by Sue
I am thinking about painting the brick front of my home...yea or nay?
I would like to "perk" up the front of my home a bit more. I brightened up the entryway by painting the front door. Should I bring the soft grey around to thebrick. Soft grey is the base for the rest of the home's exterior.
q paint or not, curb appeal, paint colors, painting
q paint or not, curb appeal, paint colors, painting
q paint or not, curb appeal, paint colors, painting
  20 answers
  • Tami @ Curb Alert! Tami @ Curb Alert! on Mar 03, 2015
    Maybe try some shutters around the windows first.

  • Swan Road Designs Swan Road Designs on Mar 03, 2015
    I'd stay away from paint. Add some colorful landscaping and/or garden art.

    • Sue Sue on Mar 03, 2015
      @Swan Road Designs I like your thoughts...bringing the color of the door out front into showy pots and plantings in similar color theme. Thank you.

  • Patti Cagle Patti Cagle on Mar 03, 2015
    a soft grey wash would be beautiful. A lot of people are painting their tired red brick houses now. You could buy some bricks the same color and practice with different shades and washes.

  • Lela Lela on Mar 03, 2015
    @Sue - I'm saying No to paint, at least for now. Shutters, big plants, colorful pots might be a great way to brighten up the dark red. Also, you could use some decorating software that will show you what your brick would look like in different colors. Have Fun !

    • Sue Sue on Mar 03, 2015
      @Lela I have given some intense thought to bringing the color of the door out to showy pots and plantings in the same color scheme. Thank you for your input. My garden further to the front of the yard is in colors of greys, blue grey, and yellows.

  • Terry Terry on Mar 03, 2015
    Don't will have to keep it up forever. weathered brick has a beauty and a dignity...don't fall for fads and then have to paint all the time.

    • Sue Sue on Mar 03, 2015
      @Terry This seems to be a similar thought; thank you!!

  • Katrina Warren Katrina Warren on Mar 03, 2015
    I've never understood why anyone would paint over brick unless it's just a really ugly color. To me it takes away from the beauty, & makes a house look cheap.

  • Linda T Linda T on Mar 03, 2015
    No, no, no! That brick is way to beautiful to paint, and all of the above comments that say no.

  • Opal Opal on Mar 04, 2015
    I think your brick house is lovely as is and would not paint it. If you are wanting to balance the scale on the front plant area (in the photo there seems to be a vast area between the top of the house and the low plants) I would move the big bush by your car to the outside corner to the right of the window (or something else there that is larger). Moving the bush would also open up your bright front door and then you could put smaller stuff down the driveway. I can't really envision that area because the bush is blocking, but you may want to consider something on the door side of the window as well. In short, no don't paint. Please post what you do.

  • Debbie Kauk Debbie Kauk on Mar 04, 2015
    i am here to say that i would only paint the brick if it's really dated or just a really unattractive color. i painted our brick and loved, loved, loved it. if the trim is a soft gray i would just go a couple of shades darker gray for the brick. as for upkeep. NONE. i have seen houses in my town that the brick has been painted for years and still looks great. the brick is very porouse so the paint really adheres to it well and soaks into all the crevies. i painted mine my self with just brushes and thick rollers. it was a little bit more time consuming but, the results were great and i got countless compliments.

  • Pam Mariner Good Pam Mariner Good on Mar 04, 2015
    I wouldn't paint the brick, either. Adding color with potted plants and plants is such an easy way to go, and versatile enough that you can change it up often.

  • Penny Craun Penny Craun on Mar 04, 2015
    Never paint brick!!

  • Hester Hester on Apr 07, 2015
    Don't paint - The bricks are beautiful. Rather jazz up your house with colorful hanging baskets/pots with plants & a new runner for your entry that is color coded with your turquoise door.

    • Sue Sue on Apr 07, 2015
      @Hester I'm not sure what you mean by the "runner" for the entry...sidewalk, possibly? I appreciate your comments and am going forward along those lines.

  • Heather McGee Heather McGee on Feb 28, 2016
    I would not paint the brick.If it were me I would redesign the landscaping. First the shrub would go, it's blocking the entrance.Then I would expand the border in front of the window. Add some curves to it. Add some foundation plants with vertical height, to scale with the window. I would top the concrete floor of the entryway with a stone/slate veneer(depending on climate) & make a walkway to draw one to the entry. I would mulch the border.If the rocks were to stay, I would use the smaller ones as an edging & place much larger boulders amongst the plantings.

  • Marcia Calcaterra Marcia Calcaterra on Mar 12, 2016
    No!!! It could devalue your home. Have you ever seen chipped brick paint? Not pretty.

  • Diane Foster Diane Foster on Jul 16, 2016
    Ive seen several brick houses that have been painted. and they look great! I say go for it. Some have painted a light grey and a beige. Those houses had the same type brick as yours. The houses look terrific. I'm trying to convince my mother to have her painted.

  • Dottie DuParce Dottie DuParce on Jul 16, 2016
    Painting brick becomes a costly nightmare. First, it takes at least 3 times the amount of paint than if you were painting a flat surface and since you want to go from dark to light, it may take 6 times as much. Thenevery few years, you will need to Scrub it with a wire brush to remove the flaking paint and repaint it. Plain brick is almost maintenance - free. Painted brick becomes a maintenance problem. Spruce up the landscape and save yourself the nightmare.

  • Katy Bowss Katy Bowss on Jul 17, 2016
    I painted my brick home and do not regret it. I have never had more compliments then when I did this. Matter of fact, people thought we moved and someone else has moved in. Painted it and made shutters. I will post a pic for you. Have to get off external drive.

  • Barb Barb on Jul 07, 2017
    No, painting has up keep, my friend did they and was sorry. First I would omit that brush it's hiding your front entrance. You need a focal point ( curb appeal) and add shutters in black then add a spinal brush on each side of the window. Add a new full glass screen door and your inside door is nice , just paint it red and add a gold kick plate below at the bottom , add a hanging light over head just after it clears the door opening and center it with the door. Add a long runner from door edge. A rod iron planter on the left just as you step on rug would look great. I haves pictures to tie it all together and you may be able to add very small trim around the door also. Just a thought💡If you don't like the hanging light have spot lights over head and omit that left lamp.

  • Patty Anderson Patty Anderson on Jul 07, 2017
    Save that brush! it's a lovely flowering sage!!!

  • Barb Barb on Jul 07, 2017
    here are some more pics