German smear brick fireplace. How to do a german smear or mortar wash diy brick whitewash on your brick fireplace or other brick surfaces. The fireplace looked fine before the new finish but after. The pros and cons of german smear while the actual laying of brick requires a skilled mason a handy diyer can apply german smear with professional grade quality.
It can help it to adhere to the original mortarbrick more effectively i mixed up my mortar and water i would say a tablespoon of water for every cup of mortar see consistency below and grabbed a sponge to apply with. This week im sharing how to apply a mortar washgerman smear technique to give your brick fireplace an old world european look on a small budget. The existing brick fireplace was retained but updated with black interior new trim in dark gray and a reclaimed wood mantel.
With the german smear the coverage is heavier with less definition between the bricks and more of a rustic look with a few bricks wiped off to expose original brick. If you use the method on a regular brick wall you can just use water to clean the brick as explained in the subheading about the prep above. How to do a german smear or mortar wash diy brick whitewash on your brick fireplace or other brick surfaces.
The only difference is the prep you need to do first. Diy exterior brick brick exteriors german smear brick technique german wall brick fireplaces brick walls brick wall exposed brick brick fireplace find this pin and more on exterior brick ideas by suzanne brown. Dining room detail this antique style fixture was used as a unifying theme in several of the renovated spaces including the dining room foyer and master suite.
If your fireplace brick is dirty or in need of cleaning do that before mortaring.