How we limewashed our brick home
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This is a photo of our home when we moved into it. Not much of a looker. I knew from the moment we bought our home that I wanted to paint the exterior brick white. There are a lot of red brick homes that I love, but this particular style of brick was not my taste.
For safety reasons we needed to add a handrail to the stairs and add new posts to the porch. This was a priority over painting the home when we first moved in.
Adding the new posts and railings did wonders for the exterior! And my amazing husband did it all in a weekend! 💪
My husband and I had many long debates about what to do with the exterior of our home. I was set on painting it, he was not convinced. We tried to pressure wash a section of the brick to see how it cleaned up, but it did not do much good.
After all seemed like I was stuck with the brick as it was, the Instagram gods came through.
One afternoon while scrolling on Instagram, my husband came across this company called Romabio. After a lot of research, we finally both agreed this was the direction we wanted to go to paint our brick home.
They sell Romabio at Home Depot, we do not have one close to where we live, so we ordered it online on the Home Depot website. Our home is a one story ranch, about 2100 square feet and we ordered one 4 gallon bucket of Avorio White, and that was enough for our whole house. One 4 gallon bucket retails for $250 at Home Depot and they offer free shipping to your home!
The dilution we used was a 50/50 ratio meaning half Romabio paint, half water. This worked perfectly for the look we were going for.
What we did was purchase a second 4 gallon bucket from our local home improvement store for a few bucks, pour half the paint into the bucket, then fill the buckets with water for the 50/50 dilution. Mix the water and paint using a paddle that attaches to your drill for easy mixing!
Romabio has a masonry brush they recommend, but we found this masonry brush on Amazon that worked great (if you are looking to save a few bucks) for getting the spots that the paint sprayer could not get.
We also opted to use a paint sprayer for majority of the house. It was fast and we painted the whole house in one day! This is the exact paint sprayer that we used:
To start, you need to wet the surface you will be painting first. Then, using the paint sprayer, we did sprayed a section of the house. What I love about Romabio, is it can be removed! You have up to 5 days to remove the paint using a pressure washer if you do not like it, or want to alter the finish in any way. I chose not to distress the paint at all as I liked the look of the application with the paint sprayer.
As I mentioned, it took a day to paint the house. We used the paint sprayer for majority of the house, and used the brush to get around the porch railings. Our windows needed to be replaced so we were not concerned about getting paint on them, but be sure to cover anything you do not want to get paint on.
If you want ideas or inspiration for what kind of looks you can achieve using Romabio paint, check out their Instagram here! So many gorgeous before and afters!
Be sure you choose to do this when the weather looks nice and sunny for a few days to insure the paint does not wash way in any spots!
I loved that we did not have to worry about using Romabio next to the plants because it will not harm any of them!
Remember that before picture…
Look at the difference!
We could not be happier with how it turned out! Before our home blended in with the trees and did not have much curb appeal. After painting it, the home popped and we had a lot of neighbors stopping to compliment our home! I recommend Romabio to everyone looking to paint brick of any kind!