Almost A Schmear

Robbie and I can’t wait to build a front porch onto our house. Not only will it be a great place to hang out it will change the look of the house. In the meantime we thought we’d update the look by getting rid of the outdated red bricks in the front. Painting them would be easy but means you have to retouch the paint quite often so we decided to do a German Schmear.

Here’s the house “before”

We mixed up cement and mortar which was schmeered all over the brick. Once Robbie put it on the brick I took a wet sponge and took enough off so you can still see a bit of brick beneath. Here’s where we made A MISTAKE! We didn’t realize the cement was a gray not white and although it all mixed well and went on perfectly it ended up looking like….well….cement. We ended up having to paint a light white wash over it to get the affect we wanted. Live and learn! Here’s a vid of the whole process:

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