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Is this the same house?? Part 1- The miracle of Limewashing!

Jul 12, 2021

Hi Friends! I hope some of you are having sunshine and rainbows! All I have to say about those of us in Houston is rain rain go away! For those who have been following for a while, you might remember in 2014 when John and I did our last renovation on our home. Taking me 28 years to get my husband open to change my exterior brick, I researched high and low to find the best alternative. Debating between a slurried brick finish (mortar or lime troweled or brushed a top of the brick), a painted brick, or a limewashed surface. I felt with the Georgian-ish style of my home, limewash would be my best alternative.

Limewash Before and After

Here you can see the start of the renovation. Limewash lends depth and luminosity to flat walls, brick, or stone by creating surfaces that are mottled and matte with a chalky, nuanced texture. You can apply it, in a thinned-down fashion to show more of the bricks variation or heavier to give a more solid look! It’s so flexible. See more of the transformation here.

Limewash After

There are so many pros to limewash! Because it is breathable it will not trap moisture in your home which can degrade your existing brick and mortar!

Limewash After

And another great fact is that it can be removed or painted over if you ever get tired of the look. Although my home’s exterior architecture is not my fav, the limewashing really gave me a look that I was excited to see each time I pulled up to my home!! I must say that the landscaping also made great improvements to this old house’s curb appeal thanks to Michael Hutchins of Greentouch Landscape.

Here is a close-up of my coverage. My husband, although reluctant at the start loved the lighter look so much he opted for a heavier coverage!

Before Limewash

Learning about how to apply limewash to mask the existing tones of the brick of my home gave my team and myself the knowledge to help others with theirs. This wonderful client of 15+ years decided with the help of designer Shelley Melody to give both her interior and exterior a facelift. Shelly designed the new stone porch, metal windows, and lighting.

Shutters

Consulting to choose the perfect exterior color, it was decided to remove the shutters and limewash the home. I chose Benjamin Moore OC-24 Wind’s Breath for the trim and windows and formulated the limewash to blend! When the shutters were removed it was learned that the previous painter sprayed them in place leaving black overspray on her existing brick. If you are getting your own home painted, please ensure the painter removes the shutters, paints them, and then reinstalls them. This was not an easy fix!!

After Limewash

Can you imaging pulling up to this house now? It now not only looks classic and timeless but also like a brand new house!

After Limewash

Notice the stone above and between the first-floor and second-floor windows. Previously very yellow, we also toned those to blend better with the new stone at the entrance!! I honestly want to move in! I also like that we chose not a bright white but a softer tone- just beautiful!!

Before Limewash

This next project was for designer Beverly Schaeffer. This home had a very textured brick so it was decided to go heavy on our limewash. She wanted the stone features to be at the forefront of the home’s design and did not want the variation of the brick to distract.

After Limewash

What a difference!! The brown doors will be painted to blend with the stone and the front door will be coated in a blue hue!! This home now would fit in in the French countryside!! Although it is more solid- the matte finish and subtle modeling of the limewash unlike a painted finish, lends a softer appearance to the home more in keeping with its style.

Before Limewash

It’s amazing how beautifully this treatment transforms any style of home. Living in this new home, the owners felt the exterior just wasn’t quite right for them. Working with designer Laura Weaver we were called in to formulate a game plan.

After Limewash

Night and day difference! Both looks are beautiful but the limewash gave this home a clean, modern feel! Did you know lime’s high pH level means microorganisms can’t survive which adds a hypoallergenic quality and makes it naturally bacteria-resistant?

After Limewash

I do love even with a heavier coverage you still see the soft variations of the brick as opposed to painting which sits on top of the surface and is solid in tone. Not only beautiful but the mottled, shadowy effect helps hide dirt.

Limewash Sampling

When we start a job, we always put up samples until the tone and variation are exactly to our client’s liking- or loving should I say!!

BUT HOW DOES IT HOLD UP?

After living with limewash for almost 8 years now, I have loved how the product has held up. Houston, with its humidity, is not easy on any exterior finish and no coating is no maintenance. I now need to power wash and spot paint or repaint the trim. The limewash has held up well, but where my sprinklers hit the brick the limewash is worn. It’s an easy quick fix. Just spot limewash in these areas. On my to-do list!! We have also found better bonders over the past 8 years. I hope you join us for our next post where we will show how this magical material will transform exterior stone! Till next time! XO Leslie



25 Comments
  • Bobbi Jo
    Posted at 05:23h, 12 July Reply

    Loved this post. The homes turned out beautifully. Never knew that lime wash is bacteria resistant!! I also enjoy the before and after pictures.

  • J marco
    Posted at 05:41h, 12 July Reply

    We planned to do a grey limewash on our ugly 70s orangey stone last year. Covid hit and could not get the product from Italy. We mixed our own with mortar mix, lime , adhesive, and color. So easy and it is wonderful. Recommend to anyone wanting to change the stone or brick exterior.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:40h, 13 July Reply

      Hi J- that sounds beautiful- Send me before and after pictures. I would love to see Leslie@segretofinishes.com

  • Deborah Fahy
    Posted at 05:54h, 12 July Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful education on the difference of a lime wash finish versus a paint finish. You always broaden my knowledge!
    BTW- I love the lime wash on your home!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:39h, 13 July Reply

      Hi Deborah- it certainly made my old house look much better!! I love to share and I am so glad it was helpful!! Have a great day!!

  • Jeannie Grant
    Posted at 06:43h, 12 July Reply

    Oh would I love to do that to my red brick. But unlike you I am still working on my husband😂 All of the transformation are amazing!

  • Amy Cunningham
    Posted at 06:51h, 12 July Reply

    Beautiful transformations Leslie! I’ve seen a lot of bright white houses lately but I love these creamier tones. It’s really been seven years since your exterior update?? Time flies! It still looks so fresh — truly a timeless finish.
    xoxo,
    Amy

  • Kaye Hodges
    Posted at 09:01h, 12 July Reply

    I have a 25 yr old Georgian style home. Typical 2 story front porch with 4 large round columns. Originally it was painted a warm white over very textured brick. It was never read “solid slick white paint.” I have loved it. I think it has aged very well. However, I would like it freshened and a bit brighter. Would a thin lime wash work here? I really do not want to repaint the brick since I prefer the more textured look which it has as is.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:38h, 13 July Reply

      HI Kay, I am getting a lot of questions about lime washing over painted surfaces. I know with the right primer you can use mineral paint- it is thicker than a limewash and has a very strong bond. You might look into that.

  • Amy
    Posted at 09:22h, 12 July Reply

    These transformations are gorgeous. Leslie, is there a lime wash process that is done on stucco homes? My home in northern CA is stucco and I’d love to know if a lime wash can be done.

    Thanks,

    Amy

  • Martha Morgan
    Posted at 10:22h, 12 July Reply

    Can you limewash painted stucco?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:35h, 13 July Reply

      HI Martha, I think you could if you used the right bonder first. This would require some research. Are you in Houston?

  • Linda
    Posted at 17:39h, 12 July Reply

    Love this post! I’m sending to a few clients that are reluctant and pray these brilliant transformations change their minds❤️
    Thanks for all the beauty you enhance!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:34h, 13 July Reply

      Hi Sweet Linda! Miss seeing you! It makes such a difference! Have a great one! xo

  • Elaine
    Posted at 22:20h, 12 July Reply

    Oh my word! It looks just beautiful . Absolutely, love it!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:33h, 13 July Reply

      Hi Elaine, I never get tired of seeing transformations- so unbelievable the differences!! Thanks for following along!

  • Dee
    Posted at 06:19h, 13 July Reply

    How do I look for painters that can do limewash, in Scottsdale, AZ.? The hardest part of a remodeling is finding the right people.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 14:35h, 13 July Reply

    Hi! These transformations look great! Just curious, what colors were added to tint the limewash?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:18h, 27 July Reply

      Hi Michlele, we mix on site so difficult to say- alittle of this a little of that untill we can mask the undertones the homeowner doesn’t like!

  • Christine
    Posted at 11:50h, 15 July Reply

    These are beautiful! I have an accent wall in my dining room that is done in my homes exterior tan multi brick. Would love to do something like this to soften the yellow tones to go with rest of our interiors but still letting variations come through. Are there different levels of transparency that can be used? Thanks!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:17h, 27 July Reply

      Hi Christine! Yes we have tackled many of those!! Yes, depending on how much you thin the products gives you different levels of transparenty!

  • UFABET
    Posted at 12:52h, 02 September Reply

    Very descriptive post, I enjoyed that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 16:10h, 02 September Reply

      Hi Judy, The next one is part 2- I should have labeled it that. thanks so much for following along, I am glad you enjoyed!!

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