DIY Limewashed Brick

That white, vintage look you’ve been dying to steal for your brick wall? Well, it actually costs almost nothing if you have a lot of time to spare – because you can actually do it yourself!

The process doesn’t even require paints as using so would spoil the natural vibe you are aiming for. So how is it achieved? Do the time-tested process of lime washing.

Many people confuse the terms whitewashing and lime washing but not all whitewashing processes makes use of powdered limestone.

Limestone is abundant in various countries and has been used since ancient Egypt. Not only does it beautify the brick, it also prevents the brick from being scratched by weather, insects, and fungi.  It won’t peel like paint, it’s affordable, and above all, it’s natural and eco-friendly.

The disadvantage of this process though is that you’ll need to put on quite a lot of coats before you achieve the desired appearance. It may take four days at most before the coat dries. Until then, you cannot add another coat. You should also do lime washing when the sun is not too high to prevent the solution from quickly drying. Lime wash also rubs off when touched and the coat erodes after a few years.

For this project you’ll need the following:

  •  Hydrated lime;
  • Water;
  • Paint brush/roller;
  • Roller pan;
  • Large bucket;
  • Durable stick you can use for stirring;
  • Bathroom scales;
  • Dust mask;
  • Gloves;
  • Goggles.

First, you must meticulously clean the brick wall using a water hose. For grimy areas, use an all-purpose cleaner and nylon brush.

Next, put on your safety gears and prepare the solution. Do not touch the lime with your bare hands as it can take days before you can totally wash it off. Stir thoroughly until you get a thickness like that of whole milk. The ratio should be approximately 80 percent water and 20 percent lime. Use your bathroom scale to get precise measurements.

Apply it on the bricks as you would paint. Lime sediments tend to form so it’s best to keep stirring as you work.

As mentioned earlier, you must wait two to four days before you apply another coat. If you are using a tightly-sealed unused solution, make sure you mix it well before applying. It may take around four coatings before achieve your desired opacity. You can top it with water-based water repellent for a matte finish and added protection from weathering, like what they did over at Apartment Therapy.

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