Exterior with Classico Limewash

A WHOLE NEW EXTERIOR WITH CLASSICO LIMEWASHA Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash

Here is a before photo of our home, which was a very neutral, traditional, brown brick home. This is very representative of the homes here in Texas. But it wasn’t representative of us and our personal style. That farmhouse look we love and work so hard to achieve. We were definitely ready for a change in a more modern direction.


A Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash

A Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash

We knew we loved the look of limewashed brick (and the fact that it gives you a freshly painted look, while allowing you to keep the warmth of brick) but wanted to try it inside our home first, before committing to the entire exterior of our home.  We have a brick surround on our fireplace (that is the same brick as outside) so it was the perfect place for a “trial run”.

Upon first use of the Classico Limewash (in color Avorio White by Romabio Paints) we knew we had found a quality limewash that was not only masonry-safe, but safe to use inside.  Romabio’s Classico Limewash is different than other paints. It’s mineral-based and made with Italian slaked-lime, and toxin free. We also instantly fell in love with how forgiving this product was. You have up to 5 days to wash it off if you change your mind.  But that wasn’t necessary for us because we LOVED it and couldn’t wait to do this to the outside of our home!

A Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash


A Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash

We can’t express enough the importance of color swatching on your own brick before selecting the color for your entire home. We knew we wanted a warm white so we swatched 3 of Romabio’s most popular whites (from left to right–BiancoAvorio, and Cristallo) and let those sit on our exterior for a few days before selecting and washing them off.

A Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash

Ultimately, we chose Avorio White due to it’s warm, rich tones. We felt this would compliment the new siding and trim colors we chose as well.

A Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash


Applying Classico Limewash can be a DIY project if you have a one story home, or small masonry area, or Romabio can help you locate a PRO in your area who is familiar with this unique product and the artistic antiquing process. We worked with the Service First Painting team out of Dallas, who had several years of experience applying this particular product to the exterior of homes.

A Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash

Classico Limewash calcifies to the brick or stone and becomes like the rock, just as hard, allowing moisture to evaporate and working naturally with the surface. It doesn’t peel, chip, or flake off or lose its color depth and essence. It will continue to patina based on the weather elements, and you can repaint or touch it up when you want.


A Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash

We wanted the trim and garage doors to really POP against the new white brick color so we went with a dark gray custom color by Behr. We selected paint from their Marquee line, which offers superior coverage, fade resistance, and flexibility—which is great for standing up to the elements. If you’d like to get this same trim color just give your friendly Home Depot paint expert these numbers:

A Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash

For our siding color (which is on the sides and back of the house) we went with a light, neutral gray to compliment the warm white brick and dark gray trim

If you’d like this custom light gray color, show your Home Depot paint expert these numbers:

A Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash


A Whole New Exterior with Classico Limewash

We can’t believe that this is our home now! We couldn’t love it more! It’s no longer a boring brown brick, but instead a polished Modern (faux) Farmhouse reflecting our unique, modern style within.  Our favorite part is the little bits of brick peeking through, providing that warmth and character we were hoping to achieve with Classico Limewash by Romabio Paints.

April 27, 2019

  1. Anne-Marie

    June 14th, 2019 at 5:48 am

    LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!!! Simply Romabio amazing 🙂

  2. Kathy Diffley

    June 14th, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Love you guys! Love everything you represent, being real and raw while illuminating the importance of family! Come to NY and help me with my new home! lol

  3. Robyn

    August 2nd, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Your home is Beautiful! I have read the Avorio White has a yellow tent. We have a Red Brick house we want to achieve the Farmhouse look, Which color do you think would be best for Red Brick? Thanks!

  4. Mary Darby

    August 20th, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Where are your light fixtures from?

  5. Laura

    October 18th, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    What a transformation! Beautiful!
    Which color white would you recommend for red brick?

    I live in the Dallas area,
    What was your cost for Service First Painting team?

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