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  1. This is beautiful!! We’re about to Limewash our house and are trying to figure out what to do with our trim. What color is your trim? It looks gorgeous against the Limewash!

    • Thank you! And that’s so exciting that you’re going to do that! The trim color is Dutch Boy Willowed Tree 324-2DB High Gloss mixed with black. You can get more details and see the final update in the reveal post!

    • I am SO SO SO happy I came across this post!! I’ve been looking for a cost effective way to paint our house and This is it!! I do have a few questions: Did you guys take down your downspouts before lime washing? Did you guys paint the trim before or after limewashing? Can you send a photo of the exact brand of hydrated lime you used? Thanks so so much!

      • Yay so glad you found this, Cadi! It’s an amazing way to get a beautiful home in a cost-effective way. We did not take down our downspouts and decided to paint over them with the same limewash because they looked dingy compared to the white brick. You’ll have to do a couple of coats but it turned out pretty nicely! Also, I painted trim after the limewashing but I don’t think the order matters as much as long as you tape and/or paint carefully. This link has a photo of the exact one I used though I didn’t get it from Ace. I also don’t think you need to get a “Type S”. That’s all I remember Menards having, but I read later that “Type S Hydrated lime provides a number of benefits in masonry mortar and stucco formulations.” But I know people have had success with many different kinds. It’s been looking and holding up great so far!

    • Thank you! We tested washing the brick in the back of the house first but didn’t notice a difference so no, we didn’t power wash the house but we did remove cobwebs, visible dirt, etc. I’m pretty sure it’s recommended that you do power wash though so that definitely can’t hurt!

  2. I found this page about whitewashing and fell in love! Wow your house is beautiful! I’ve been doing research for months because I’ve HATED the orange brick since we bought our house! I live in Iowa as well and am so worried about the hydrated lime coming off the house. Is it staying up well with all the rain we get?! I’m wondering how bad our winters get and if it will effect it? I’m trying to convince my husband to let us do this, he is hesitant! 🙁

    • Just answered these questions in your Instagram message!
      But for anyone else that is curious, it’s only been done for a couple of months so I can’t speak to a midwest winter, but it’s been doing great during thunderstorms. The rain makes the brick appear lighter, but then it dries back to its normal color and doesn’t wash off!

      • We have some places where previous owners put caulk between some brick instead of tuck pointing. Does the lime wash stick and cover the caulk?

        • We don’t have any caulk on ours so I can’t give you a good answer. Sorry about that! Best way would be just to try it out and see! 🙂

      • Romabio recommends using painter’s caulk. I am currently lime washing using this method and have used plain white painter’s caulk and so far it seems to work fine.

    • Hi Angela, We have orange brick too and I think I’m finally going to take the step to limewash the brick front…did you happen to do this to your exterior? If so, how did it turn out?!

      Thank you for this post too Carolyn- super helpful!!

  3. Your home really shows a pride in ownership. Congratulations, you have every reason to be proud of the hard work. A couple questions… You said over time this will fade. What does that mean? Will it just fade slightly or revert back to the old brick status or will it fade irregularly, and will you have to do this all over again? Oh and one more thing. If you decide to paint your house down the road, will it adhere to the lime finish?

    • Hi, Jackie! I couldn’t find any blog posts of what a limewashed house is like 5+ years on someone else’s home, but my best guess is that the original brick will start to show through, then with enough time, it will be so faded you’d probably want to redo it (if you don’t like that style). At least that is what I imagine would happen on our home. I think that you’d be okay to paint if you power wash and deep clean the remaining limewash first! Hope that helps any.

  4. Help !!! I love this; congrats !! HOWEVER, this 63 year old needs help !! I was wondering the same as others— how much fading will occur bc in Louisiana we get green mildew on our house and we have to pressure wash 2x a year … I would paint it myself, but I’d like to know if I’d be washing it off with all the house washing ???

    Also, since I have a white metal roof, how can I change the color of the line wash since it’s not like paint ??

    Hope someone can help me ??

    • Happy to share what I can, Margaret! We’ve cleaned some of our house with a hose and it hasn’t ruined the limewashing, but I don’t feel confident that it would stand up to getting pressure washed 2x a year. Perhaps painting (or something else) is best for you! And though I didn’t do it personally, I’ve read of people adding colored powders to change the color of the limewash.

  5. Carolyn,
    Our house was built in 1976 with that same color brick and the previous owners put in the white vinyl windows too!!!! I have hated the brick and white vinyl combo (who does that?) for the four years we have lived here and have toyed with the idea of painting the brick to the point of driving around and taking “secret” photos of houses in our town that have painted their brick, plus creating my extensive Pinterest board. I did the same research as you about “proper” shutters and I too am unsure what to do…they add such great contrast. Your house also has very little wood/siding like mine, so without siding, the contrast has to come from somewhere. Thank you for giving me the real life vision of what my brick can look like….honestly, I haven’t seen any before and after pictures that so closely resemble my house situation. Saving this to my Pinterest board!!!!

    • I’m so glad this is helpful! I too know how helpful it is to see a close “real life” example. Good luck with whatever makeover you decide to do! 🙂

  6. Hi! I have a question. We are wanting to do this. I’ve been reading a lot about Limewashing and other things I read is that you have to make a putty out of the hydrated lime first, it has to sit for 3 months at least (a year is preferable) and then make the limewash from the putty.
    At I understanding that you were able to do this straight from the powder? Without making a putty first?
    I’m really hoping that is the case!

    • Hi, Sadie! I’ve never heard of making a putty first, but yes, I mixed the powder straight with water and it worked great!

  7. Hi ! I’m seeing others ask about the hydrated lime you used but it isn’t showing me a link where you answered. Can you let me know? We are mid project with romobio and it won’t be enough for two coats 😬. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi, Hannah! For some reason, the text is not showing that something is linked, but if you hover over it you will see. Either way, I got it from Menards in the concrete section. It was Western Miracle Type S Hydrated Lime. Good luck with your project!

  8. Did you wet the brick before putting the lime wash on ? I’ve been watching people who use the canned lime wash and the directions say to do so. I didn’t know if the homemade lime wash would be the same ?

  9. I’ve made my own limewash how you described and am in the middle of the project now. Did you find that putting it on too thick was Ever a problem? After my first coat on a wall today I found the in places it was thick in the “mirror” spots it’s actually cracking. Did you find this at all?? Also do you have any more advice from problems you ran into? I’ve found that in every project you run into problems and it’s so helpful if people who have done it before can tell you theirs to help you out. Thank you for any advice you have as I’ll be going on round 2 tomorrow at it. Thank you!

    • Our mixture was pretty thin and we did many coats so no we didn’t exactly run into the too thick problem, but I would say just add more water to your mixture! I can’t think of any additional problems as I did try to put everything in the blog post but I’m happy to answer more if I missed something. 🙂 good luck!

      • Ok thank you! I made it thicker because I really want a white brick but don’t want to have to do multiple coats. Do you think that’s gonna be a problem? Also, did you wet your brick first? And have you seen any immediate wearing off. Sorry for all the questions…this is just a huge job and I’m so nervous that after our first big rain all my white brick will just wash away. Thanks again for all your help!

        • Unfortunately, I don’t have a good answer for that. Perhaps time will tell! But if it’s cracking that may be a sign to do multiple thinner coats. Though I definitely understand not wanting to do more work if you don’t want to!

          As far as wetting the brick, it is recommended to clean and wet the brick before, though if I’m being honest, we didn’t. There was no immediate wearing off and it does not rub off on your hands either.

          We have had many, many rainstorms in the midwest since we limewashed and everything still looks great! When it rains or gets wet, the limewashed brick gets lighter and semi see-through, but it dries back to its normal color FYI. It’s totally normal to be nervous about it- we definitely were! Though we were super happy we did it in the end. Good luck!

  10. How long did it take you to do this? I’m dying for our brick to be white but need ti convince my husband it’s worth it 🙂

    • I think I may have said it in the post, but it might have been about a week. We worked almost nonstop on the front of the house and that was 1-2 days. The reason it took a week is because we got a little slower and more tired. 🙂 Most definitely worth it though!

  11. Looks amazing! I was actually wondering what the name of the color of your door is? I love the sage green but really like the one you picked! Thankyou!

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  14. Romabio recommends using painter’s caulk. I am currently lime washing using this method and have used plain white painter’s caulk and so far it seems to work fine.

    • Thank you for sharing this! I’m happy to hear it’s working out for you! You must live in a warm state if you’re painting now because we’ve got tons of snow here in the midwest- definitely not painting weather 😉 Good luck!

  15. Thank you for this super helpful, inspiring post!
    …I just need to hear there’s some hope for accomplishing such a feat with 2 busy little ones underfoot. Please tell me it can happen (because I have no idea how).
    How do you get a whole house hand ‘painted’ with little ones, without the project stretching on for months? Would really appreciate any tips/motivation there. : )

    Thanks, and Happy Christmas week!

    • Haha there is definitely hope! At the time of this project, we only had one toddler we had to watch out for…I can’t imagine two! 😉

      It’s definitely not a project you can do all on your own! My husband and I did it together and it went a lot quicker with 4 hands. So I would definitely try to get help.

      Also, I think we got a little lucky because we live in the midwest and started this project in early spring, after a gloomy winter was ending. Our toddler loved being outside and was pretty content to just play while we worked! It’s recommended you do this in nice weather anyway so I would suggest some new yard games to keep your kiddos busy! Of course, that all depends on their age as well. There’s always nap times you could utilize.

      It’s work but it’s TOTALLY worth it. You got this! Good luck! Just think of the outcome 🙂

      • Aw, thank you so much for taking the time to write all of those encouraging words, I really appreciate the tips and hopeful nudge to go for it!

  16. All the limewashing I’m used to seeing actually washes some of the lime off to reveal bits of the underlying brick. Why did you decide not to do that? In essence you just wanted a low cost paint to completely cover your bricks?

    • I didn’t wash some off to reveal the brick underneath because the brick on our home is an ugly orange and black and I didn’t like it peeking through. But I didn’t make the limewash completely cover the brick either. I left a little bit of cracking for something that felt old world to me. The beauty of limewashing is that it is so customizable!

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