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DIY : How to "German Smear" an exposed brick wall - Grave and Vanity
Brick walls are super cool, but I wasn’t a fan of the bright red schoolyard brick that lined every wall in my apartment. I wanted something more city-esque that fit into my aesthetic, so thankfully my landlord agreed to let me undertake this project. I knew I wanted a worn, whitewashed look but couldn’t find anything I liked on Pinterest/internet, so I made up my own technique. Preparation was easy and I picked up everything from Lowe’s: White Mortar Painter’s Tape (to keep clean lines) Canvas Tarp Nitrile Gloves Big gallon bucket I was lucky to have a new, clean brick to work with so I didn’t need to prep the brick before starting. If you have older brick, I would recommend a quick wipe down. I poured the dry mortar into the gallon bucket and mixed with water until it reached a good consistency. I didn’t follow the instructions on the back, just mixed it until it was similar to pancake batter. If you scoop it up with your hands and it seeps right through your fingertips, add more mortar. Things got dirty. And I mean, really dirty. After my first wall I learned painter’s tape is a MUST …