It’s time for the very first flip update! Last week I shared the Before Tour, so now that we’re all up to speed on what we’re working with, let’s talk about everything that happened last week. I’ve documented & recapped it all the in the Cottage House Flip Episode 2: First, there was some demo. Remember […]
In this DIY tutorial, we go over your options for updating your brick such as lime wash, paint and German Smear (Schmear) and why I chose the latter! Just look at how authentic this looks and it was super easy and affordable!
Using the German smear technique to update the look of your outdated brick can be an excellent choice because replacing masonry is very expensive. German smear, sometimes called German schmear, uses wet mortar applied to brick and partially wiped off before drying. This style gives the appearance of uneven mortar joints reminiscent of old cottage homes and castles in Germany. Check out these examples of brick homes visualized with the German smear technique for inspiration and to learn more.
Try one of these 35 Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas to complete your modern farmhouse or coastal chic indoor/outdoor living spaces. German schmear & white-washed brick tutorials included. Update your tired, out-of-date fireplace to give it a much needed face lift!!
I was going to clean up, fix the landscaping, and style my front porch before showing you how the “German Schmear” (aka antiqued brick) turned out on the exterior of our farmhouse… But I can’t wait! So don’t judge my dead porch plants, haha! When we bought this house, I was blown away by how […]
When it comes to transforming your exterior, nothing will quite give the same powerful effect as a new coat of paint, lime wash or German schmear. Despite undergoing this process about 3 years ago, I wanted to write up our experience and everything we learned for the simple way to German schmear brick. If you have any interest in German smear or are looking for a way to transform your exterior for minimal cost and upkeep, I hope this article encourages you to take the leap.
German Schmear or German Smear is super EASY! Yes, really! Using Amy Howard at Home Venetian Plaster, I will show you how to German schmear brick - either your fireplace or a faux brick panel that you can use as a feature wall or kitchen backsplash. You can even use this technique to German Schmear your exterior brick.#germanschmear