Recently, we updated the exterior of our home with the help of Classico limewash. While our traditional brown brick home is very representative of the style in Texas, it never reflected us and our true style. We missed that farmhouse look we work so hard to achieve and wanted something more modern.

Today on the blog, we will discuss all the details of limewash brick so you feel comfortable adding it to your home!

Brick Exterior Wash Selection

 What Is Limewash Brick?

We are so glad you asked! Limewash itself is a type of paint made with lime. When applied to brick, it doesn’t just sit on top, but penetrates into the brick and acts as a sort of shield.

Not only is this one of our favorite techniques for that farmhouse flair- it’s a great way to keep your exterior looking beautiful for years.

Our favorite brand of limewash, Classico, calcifies to the brick or stone and becomes like the rock, just as hard, allowing moisture to evaporate and work naturally with the surface. It doesn’t peel, chip, 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.

Simply put, it is the perfect addition to any brick in your home!

Testing It Out In Smaller Spaces

Limewash brick is a beautiful addition to both the interior and exterior of your home, but we highly recommend testing it out in smaller spaces before you commit to larger projects. This way, you can guarantee this style of brick is for you!

Before updating our exterior, we decided to limewash the brick surrounding our fireplace. Knowing it was the same brick as outside, this was the perfect place for a “trial run”. To learn more about our limewash brick fireplace, check out our post here!

Upon first use of the Classico Limewash (in color Avorio White by Romabio Paints) we had found a quality limewash that was not only masonry-safe, but safe to use inside.  

Here are a few reasons why Romabio’s Classico Limewash is different than other paints:

  • It’s mineral-based and made with Italian slaked-lime, and
  • It’s toxin free, which is super important when painting brick inside your home.
  • This product is so forgiving! You have up to 5 days to wash it off if you change your mind. 

The 5 days did not prove 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 Limewash Brick

While we knew limewash brick was the perfect choice for our exterior, moving this project to such a large scale was a little daunting. If you are feeling the same way- don’t worry! We’ve laid out all the steps to ensure you will fall in love with your limewash exterior every time you drive home.

Picking The Right Limewash Brick Color

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.

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.

Limewash Brick Application Day

Limewash Brick Exterior Application

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.

While we love to DIY every aspect of our home we can, trying to limewash our two-story was too massive of a project to handle on our own. We did think about it though, but how could we get up that high!

Instead, 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. They were amazing! Our exterior was completed in no time and looked flawless.

Choosing The Perfect Accent Colors 

No limewash brick exterior is complete without choosing new side and trim colors to perfectly compliment it.

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— meaning it’s great for standing up to the elements.

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.

A Whole New Home

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 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.

If you do decide to tackle this project somewhere in your home, please let us know in the comments!

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    • Anne-Marie

    LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!!! Simply Romabio amazing 🙂

    • Kathy Diffley

    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

    • Angela

    Looks AMAZING! Love it!

      • Brad and Holly Lauritzen

      Thank you! xoxo

    • Dianna King

    This is my favorite part of your journey, website and amazing faux farmhouse!

      • Brad and Holly Lauritzen

      Thank you!

    • Margaret Clabes

    Love how this project turned out! I wasn’t sure how this would actually work out but the final finish is fantastic!

    • Robyn

    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!

    • Mary Darby

    Where are your light fixtures from?

    • Laura

    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?

    • Liz

    Love the design! Wanting to do the same trim color on our house. Went to HD today to get a sample of the trim color but I think your paint numbers are backwards because it looks like I got the siding color. No biggie, just wanted to comment to give others a heads up! Beautiful color regardless ?

    • Tina Lu

    Do you recommend working on brickwash first, then trim or other way around??

    I love your colors! We are leaning towards same with Avorio white with grey, but have a brown roof… not sure how that will turn out …

    • Melissa Hunt

    for the siding, was it wood or plastic? I would love to paint our siding but it is vinyl/plastic and not sure you can paint it.

    • Amy

    Where did you get your new outdoor garage lights- not the ones in these pics but your newer posts. Ty!

    • Matthew Bryant

    What color are the shutters?

    • Kari pesce

    Where did you find your outdoor wall lanterns on the sides of your garage doors? Love them with the white!! You guys are so talented!!

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    • Blake

    How much of the gray did it take for your house? Is your shutters just black and door wood finish?

    • Rose

    The photos here won’t load. Are they still available?

    • Rita Whaley

    Purchasing a red brick house – hip roof is dark grey/black …
    Thinking the lime wash may be a way to lighten the whole house up.

    • J Kicklighter

    Hmm images are not loading for me either. Tried multiple browsers. After photo looks great wish I could see the before photos.