Sunday, August 30, 2009

An Answer for Karen

Hi Millie
How hard was it to paint the bricks Did you prime first? I've been reluctant to paint ours but seeing your photos I'm more convinced the room looks beautiful.
Kind Regards Karen

Karen - this was our secret weapon! We were lucky in that the mortar sat flush with our horrible brown, exposed bricks. MOTH says thats if the mortar dips in a well between the bricks it makes for a much more difficult job - lots of dab, dab dab with a paint brush! We used long lambswool rollers to apply 2 coats of acrylic Primer. The nap of the roller really worked wonders in getting the paint into all the imperfections & hairline cracks of the bricks. We then rolled on 2 coats of acrylic Top Coat. Be prepared to use a lot more paint this way, as the lambswool really soaks up the paint, but the result has been worth it.


  1. Ow yes, it looks much better After :)
    more bright, elegant and spacious. congratulations!

  2. Thanks Millie. Now all I have to do is convince the husband. We built our room on in 79. Let's hope the husband decides to move on.I did suggest gyprock his reply think of the work. This could be an easier solution.
    Kind Regards

  3. Wow, what a difference a white coat of paint makes. I was just telling my sister yesterday how great her house would look with a coat of paint. Good on you for having the vision and the guts to do it.


And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
~W.H. Auden

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