~ How I Limewashed My House for Under $10.00 ~
How I limewashed my house for under $10.00.
Follow along with me as I explain this
very very simple and inexpensive project!!!
When I purchased this house in November eight years ago I had the painter's paint the ugly orange red brick in the green you see in the above picture. Little did I realize this now dark green house would be lost in the shade produced by the large oak and pecan trees in my yard.
Sorry I don't have a picture of the house when it was painted a solid green.
This is how the house looks today.
Now I had just spent a pretty penny on having a professional painter to paint this house. So I had to come up with a very inexpensive way to paint the house a lighter color and I needed to paint this house myself. I wanted the brick to look like it had chippy paint that had weathered many years.
So I purchased a 50 pound bag of Hydrated Lime from Lowes for around $8.00.
I made a slurry out of the lime and water in a 5 gallon bucket. The
slurry was about the consistency of lumpy pancake batter. If you
want the mixture to be thicker and have a chippy look add less water.
Sorry I didn't measure just mixed my concoction. I used about 2/3's
of the bag of lime for the whole project.
paint brush. If you mixed a thin mixture and want a washed look
apply the mixture going with the grain of the brick. If you made a thicker
mixture and want a chippy look apply the mixture in a criss cross fashion.
I practiced this technique with the thick mixture on the back of the house seen in the picture above. After the mixture dried I sprayed the brick using a hose end sprayer to chip off
some of the lime mixture.
Not sure I liked the chippy look I mixed in more water to the lime mixture and
applied it going with the grain of the brick. I did not spritz with the hose.
I decided I liked this technique better and continued to paint the rest of the house.
Lime washing a house doesn't take a lot of skill or time because the mixture is thin,
flows and sticks easily to the brick. To allow the green paint to show through
the wash I sanded off some of the thin lime wash with a dry SOS pad. Yes I
used a SOS pad not steel wool. Steel wool was to abrasive.
Lime washing the house allowed the house to be a bright background to
the colorful plants in the yard.