Yes. We did paint the brick. We had terrible, cheap, ugly brick and it needed some serious makeup. And we had trim painted a viscous color of mint green. We love our little house, but the exterior was tragic.
After a neighborhood polling of many many shades of gray, we finally decided on Porpoise and went for it. We used white only for under-hangs and a bit of trim (to save money our amazing painters managed to salvage the wood siding through 2 days of scraping and about 1000 coats of paint), and True Black for our shutters and very decrepit garage door (which looks a whole lot better after 3 coats of paint + primer.)
Also during the process we finally got rid of the mint green grape-vine posts and replaced them with nice square wood. Oh words cannot describe how happy I was to see the grape vines go.
Here’s the progression (Sept 2009 for chronicle’s sake):
BEFORE: Mint Green Awesomeness.
DURING: Our painting crew thought it would be ironic and funny to prime the house with virtually the same shade of heinous mint green we were trying to abolish. Har har.
I have to send a lot of love to Chris Stanton of Colorfast Coatings. We couldn’t have had a more talented or hardworking or super fun crew if we tried. Our house needed a lot of TLC to get it ready for painting and Chris and crew didn’t cut a single corner or prep work or final touches to get it right. If you’re in the Denver area and need ANY painting done, Chris is your man.