German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

This post is way overdue. After weeks of waiting for the baby bird on the wreath of our front door to grow up, I was finally able to revamp the front porch for some much needed love.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

Here’s the cute babies before they left the nest.

Needless to say, my front door was super messy after these visitors.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

So many of you LOVED when I shared how we “German Schmeared” the brick on the exterior of our house.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

Here’s a reminder of the before.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

And here is a “after” photo of what it looks like now. In addition to the German Dchmear on the brick, we painted the shutters and door black. And I built a little arch to go over the door.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

Everything needed a good power washing this year after the winter & baby birds in the spring.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

So I took it upon myself to clean everything up, and I even added some new plants to the porch. Can you believe that I haven’t killed them yet?! It’s a miracle!

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

I’ve shared this process on a blog post before, but here’s a quick step by step of how I updated our bricks. It’s been about two years since I did it, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

I didn’t clean up, wash or do anything to the bricks before I started. But I DO suggest doing this on a day with good weather, no rain, and try to do this when it’s not 90 degrees outside.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

My method started by looking at lots of antique brick I loved. Taking photos of it, and trying to replicate the look. The look I went for was a random splotchy, very bumpy mortar. The main thing about this look is that you have to add the mortar to the cracks.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

I just used a generic brand from Lowes. It didn’t have any color to it or anything. Don’t ask me the name because I don’t remember.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

Make sure you start on the back of your house so you can really nail down the exact look before you get to the front.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

Here’s a photo fo the back stairs. Originally I thought I would just white wash the whole thing, thus this look. But then I decided I liked some brick showing through. So glad I started here instead of the front where it would be more visible.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

I’m wearing gloves in this photo.., but I’d be lying to you if I said I I had them on the whole time.

Basically, I would apply to the cracks, then smack it to give that crumbly look.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

Make sure to take a step back every now and then to make sure you like your application.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

It’s super messy, but oh so rewarding!!!

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

The end result is SO WORTH IT!

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

I think my other favorite part of what we’ve done to the exterior is these DIY corbels I added to the porch columns. But that’s a story for another day.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

It’s the little farmhouse of my dreams, and I love calling it home.

German Schmear Brick DIY Update + Front Porch Tour

That’s it for now folks!

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