HOme makeover: German Smear Before and After Designs
Discover the beauty of applying this technique in every home. Check out these German Smear before and after design inspirations!
These days, people are looking for new, exciting, and cost-effective ways to refurbish their homes. One of the most popular trends today is the German Smear. The German Smear finish creates a ruggedly sophisticated brick style at an affordable German Smear cost.
The German Smear finish is commonly applied to a home in which old brick needs revamping. Instead of completely replacing your brick, you can apply a German Smear stone finish to breathe some new life into those old bricks.
Just check out some of the German Smear before and after pictures on this page to see for yourself. And when you’re ready to hire the perfect masonry contractor for the job, give us a call at Alexander and Xavier Masonry and we’ll give you more ideas to make your project a complete success and your home the envy of your neighborhood.
German Smear Before
Bricks are a staple building material all over the world. They can withstand the elements, most natural disasters, and even invasive insects. That makes them durable, trustworthy, and worth using in your home.
But because they’re so durable and long-lasting, it’s natural you might get tired of them with time. After 20 or 30 years of seeing the same red or brown bricks, you might just want a change. But it’s not worth it to change out your bricks for another inferior material.
One of the ways you can revamp your home’s brick is with the German Smear (or Schmear) finish. Let’s have a look at the German Smear technique and why you should seriously consider it for the brick on your home. You’ll also see some German Smear before and after pictures to get some inspiration for your home.
Getting The German Schmear Look
Most German Smear finishes use white mortar, which is a combination of sand, water, and cement. You can get a similar look by simply painting your brick with watered down paint for a whitewashed look. But painted brick isn’t as durable.
German Smear uses a cement-based mortar, so it’s much more long-lasting, resistant to the elements, and simply needs to be washed clean once or twice a year. It also helps fill voids between the bricks to help protect them and extend their lifespan even more.
So to get the German Smear look, a mixture of wet mortar is troweled onto the surface of your brick. Then, before it’s completely dry, some of it is wiped off to expose parts of the brick. This gives it a rustic kind of look that never goes out of style.
Should You DIY It?
The answer is… maybe. If you have some extra time on your hands for a DIY project and have a place to practice first until you can “smear” the look you want – then sure, give it a try.
But although it’s a relatively easy technique to learn, it is permanent and there’s no easy way to redo it once it’s dry. That’s why a lot of people leave important parts of their homes – like the facade or a fireplace in the living room – to the experts at Alexander and Xavier Masonry.
Give us a call today and we’ll get you a free quote and extra design ideas to make your dreams a reality!
If you decide to try a DIY German Smear project, check out some of our other pages with ideas and instructions.
German Smear After
GERMAN SMEAR BEFORE AND AFTER PROJECTS
Ready To Revamp Your Brick?
Now that you’ve got some inspiration for your next home project, what are you waiting for? Check out some of our other pages to learn more about how to do a small German Smear project yourself, or give us a call today at Alexander and Xavier Masonry!
We’d be happy to discuss your ideas and work with you to achieve the perfect finish so your home will be the envy of the neighborhood.
Call for your free quote now!