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Garden update: painting our brick wall white

Painting our brick wall white

When we replaced our patio, we built a brick wall in front of the lawn. We were really pleased with how the wall turned out and with the improvement it made from the concrete slabs it replaced.

I’ve been admiring white walls in gardens on Pinterest for quite some time. I love the bright modern look they provide. I was concerned about painting our brick wall white because the dog and cats are always walking over it, so I was worried they would scratch the paint off easily. However, I decided it was worth the risk!

B&Q Colours Masonry Paint white

We chose to use this Colours Masonry Paint in pure brilliant white when we spotted it in B&Q, which is designed for exterior walls. I’ve noticed that the Dulux Weather Shield Smooth Masonry Paint* has got very good reviews online.

First of all, we moved the gravel away from the front of the wall. When the gravel had all been moved, we gave the brick wall a thorough clean. Choosing a nice summery day meant that it dried quickly, so we could begin painting.

Painting a brick wall white

We gave wall two coats of paint. The paint requires 4-6 hours of drying time before it can have a second coat. Because of this, we made sure we started painting early in the day, so we had enough time for the first coat to dry before we painted it again.

Painting a brick wall white

Painting a brick wall white

We painted the brick wall white about 3 months ago now and the paint has lasted really well so far, even with our pets running all over it. There are a few areas where the paint has chipped off, but it isn’t very noticeable and can be patched over quickly.

I was also worried that the wall would get dirty quickly, but I haven’t found it to be too bad and any dirt is easily wiped off.

Garden with a white brick wall

Can I please apologise for the dog, who obviously wanted to show everyone his rear end in this photo!

I’m so happy with how the wall looks painted white in our garden. So far, the paint has fared really well and I love the way the white contrasts with the deep green of the lawn and the gold gravel.

 

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