Lisa’s Smeared Mortar aka German Smeared fireplace

I’m so excited to share with you Lisa’s fireplace that she did the German Smear technique on.  She said that didn’t know that her fireplace was dated looking until she started watching HGTV, which gave me a chuckle because HGTV has gets me ALL THE TIME too…sometimes way in over my head, lol.  She said she didn’t want the white wash look but was having trouble finding white brick mortar, so she tried the white tile mortar like Ann suggested and it turned out great!


fireplace 001

In progress:

German Smeared fireplace


fireplace smeared mortar


German Smeared fireplace after picture

Smeared mortar fireplace after picture

Thanks so much Lisa for sharing your pictures!

Thinking about doing some German Smear on your brick?  I’ve been collecting info on it, you can see what I have so far here:

Easy way to Limewash your brick which gives an extremely close look to German Smear

Ann’s Exterior Brick German Smear

How to German Smear your brick

White Wash Brick vs Painted Brick vs German Smear

Sandi’s Whitewash Brick Fireplace

My painted fireplace – before I knew about German smear, lol

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3 thoughts on “Lisa’s Smeared Mortar aka German Smeared fireplace

  1. I️ have a fireplace with black mortar. I am hoping to change it and make it lighter. Do you think if I️ do the German meet it would work? Here is a picture.


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  2. Ghaziabad — On an unseasonably cold Monday morning in July, Antu Singh from Ghaziabad sat perched

    on an elegant white armchair, with atleast 498a rticles around her, carefully distressed white floorboards, in an airy

    white-walled living room filled with scented white candles, white hydrangeas and white cashmere blankets.

    She was talking about, well, white.

    “The thing about white is that it goes with everything, it is like marriage, however it is, it’s tough to divorce, You just can’t beat it,” Ms. Antu, 28, said

    in dulcet tones, clasping a white china teacup. “It just brings a real sense of peace

    and calm to a room, doesn’t it? And given the hectic lives we all lead these days, isn’t that want we all want from our homes?”

    We soon will find out. Ms. Antu Singh, interior decorator, the founder of an upcoming home and lifestyle powerhouse. This week,

    a couple of years after the business was founded, Ms. Singh is taking her brand of domestic staples — all in the lightest shade of pale — to Ghaziabad.

    The first store opens in August. Plans for a second store, in Ghaziabad are underway. They follow e-commerce and mail order operations,

    which began two years ago from her storage room.

    “I feel like we were rather slow off the mark in Ghaziabad,” Ms. Antu said. “But I wanted to approach the expansion

    there in the same way that I always have done with my life, quietly and steadily. I knew demand in Ghaziabad was very strong,

    but I also wanted to make sure things were just right. I had to listen to customers and really hear what they wanted first.”

    After discovering she couldn’t find what she wanted without huge designer price margins, Ms. Antu set up shop of her own.

    Today, the groomed smart woman remains positive about the Company’s long-term prospects.

    She will face stiff competition in Ghaziabad, already a market saturated with choices when it comes to bed linens,

    fluffy towels and louche loungewear options. But Ms. Singh said she feels secure in a business philosophy that reduces option anxiety.

    “Patterns and colors come and go,” she said, clearly happy to continue living and breathing the color that got her so far.

    “you can’t divorce with white, after all.” and yes I do agree with her too.

    — Neeraj

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  3. Michael Waldrip says:

    We purchased a home that has old Chicago brick that has been painted peach! First, is there any way to remove the paint and primer from brick or will any of the techniques being discussed adhere to painted brick? We have to do something with the painted brick and we would appreciate it if you can give us some options. Thank you in advance. Michael Waldrip

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