This morning I tackled my awful exterior brick! Before you judge that I covered up something naturally beautiful, I'll just say I added to its beauty. No this isn't a paint/ water mixture. There is no amount of money someone could pay me to paint exterior masonry. I am all about low maintenance and paint is just the opposite!
So, before I jumped into this, I did MONTHS of research, hundreds of google searches and many visits to the hardware store. There isn't much out there when it comes to finding Limewashing recipes. Some were super complicated, more so than I knew it had to be. So I finally stumbled upon a post and stuck with the recipe, but tweeked it just a bit to get the consistency I wanted.
Oh and the best part... this only took 3 hours to complete all by myself!
Here's what it took to do the front exterior of my home. Enjoy!
I used a 10:1 ratio of lime and salt. Then I added equal parts water, so about 20 cups of water. I mixed two batches so I wasn't carrying around a super heavy bucket. I used a paint stirrer to mix the mixture in a 5 gallon bucket. I had the brilliant idea of using a natural bristle broom for application of large areas and it couldn't have been more genius ( if I do say so myself)! The key here is natural bristle. A plastic or synthetic bristle isn't going to hold onto the mixture long enough for you to apply it. I used a smaller paint brush for nooks and crannies.
Here are a few before and afters!
So it's been a long while since I posted, so here's the latest. I'm still in the process of finishing up my dining room table (I know, I'm slacking)! Good news, I have one chair left and I plan to use it for a tutorial post. I have yet to start my hideous, green chair duo.
Today, my friends Cinco (long story, but her real name is Carrie) and Ashley and I went to a near by flea market. I could have spend hundreds of dollars, but I used some self control and kept it around $50! I was able to get an awesome locker room bench, ladder, shelf for my kitchen (I'll post before and afters), a frame for my dining room wall decal, and an iron patio umbrella stand. I'd say I got some steals. Here's a peek of a few of the items!
Oh and stay tuned for my exterior white washing project I'm doing on Monday!