We often refer to our homes as our castles. However, you may not want your house to look as old as one. For an easy and effective home makeover that will give your home a personalized finish, consider using limewash to update your old brick exterior. Along with uniqueness and durability, there are many other benefits of limewashed brick for you to enjoy.

Provides a Classic Look

The limewashing process is renowned for transforming old brick into something that extenuates the features of your home. While many people still love brick for its durability and deep colors, homeowners still often turn to this process for a modern and custom touch. Additionally, unlike paint, limewash can be created in a series of earthy hues to accommodate your personal style and tastes.

Inexpensive and Eco-Friendly

Since the limewash itself only consists of a mixture of hydrated lime and water, the entire limewashing process is extremely affordable. This is especially the case if you plan to apply the wash yourself. It’s also important to note that because the limewash is made entirely of natural ingredients, it’s environmentally safe and a certified “green” choice.

Resistant to Bacteria

Limewash solutions are also known to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus as well as any damage from insects. When activated with water, the lime becomes highly acidic. As a result, this mixture acts as both a sanitizer and a pesticide when applied to the exterior of a home.

Easy to Apply Yourself

While hiring a professional to complete your limewashing project is often recommended, the simplicity of the process can make it the perfect do-it-yourself renovation. When wet, limewash can be removed in select locations to create a unique and faded look. Doing this project yourself gives you the freedom to add or remove layers of the wash as you choose. If you’re looking to take on the task yourself, be sure to brush up on the limewashing basics and to purchase the correct equipment to get the best results.


Once your limewash dries, it offers durable protection against weathering. Due to this, you don’t need to clean it or scrub away damage very often. However, in the event that you do need to clean your limewashed siding, be sure to do so gently, as you could accidentally remove the wash and need to reapply it.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.