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Is there a way to change the color of a brick home?

I am interested in purchasing a home.  Everything about it is great except for the appearance of the house.  The house is made out of black and white? bricks.  It looks like a haunted house.  I wanted to know if there is a way to change this?  Can stucco be placed over it?  What is the cost?  Thanks.
  • March 26 2009 - US
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oooh Nathan. Tan and white would be very nice on a brick house and much warmer than the standard vanilla. Great idea.
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Less expensive to paint over brick versus stucco. The color would be sprayed on, don't attempt to just brush it on or you will be painting long after I'm dead.

I pulled this link off the internet It gives a quick overview of what you or a painting contractor will do to paint brick. Don't scrimp on the quality of the paint.

 http://www.house-painting-info.com/painting-exterior-brick.html
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Great question!


YES! You can paint brick. Or you can use a stucco like paint product which is not quite a thick as stucco and allows the outlines of brick to show through, but creates an opaque finish. Finally, you can actually stucco on the brick as well.


These are in ascending order of expense. A painting contractor or a general contractor can give you estimates on these options.


My own house was a very boring red brick, which looked dated and "blah" until I painted it a nice tan color with white trim. Now it stops traffic for all the right reasons.

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You might try asking the home improvement forum here. I don't know what the cost is, but yes you can stucco over brick. It turns out looking nice, but I thin stucco is somewhat expensive initially. You can also paint if you use the right kind of paint if the brick is yuccy or ugly. Painting is sort of a one way process so it is hard to go back to brick if you don't like it. Painting it a nice rich vanilla ice cream color often looks very pretty over brick too. If you paint over or stucco over the brick make sure and take before photos. At some point when you sell, someone may have a fantasy of having an unpainted red brick house. A picture of the "before" might save them a lot of heartache especially if the brick is damaged or ugly to begin with.
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