I am notorious for believing everything I see on TV is doable (ie the shiplap fireplace). After I saw JoJo german smear this house, I knew that it was the answer to my wish of wanting to make our house look different than others in the neighborhood.
What I did not know was how HARD it would be.
My in-laws and I decided to take this project on 2 Fridays ago. They are so kind to help me make my DIY dreams a reality. They are also wise people because they anticipated the project to be strenuous and called in some professionals to help us.
That morning, I awoke to an 18 wheeler trailer of sorts parked out front of our house with sand, mortar, and a big machine to mix it all.
After watching this Youtube though, I was still convinced we could do it on our own. But the men when ahead and mixed the mortar for us and showed us the ropes.
In retrospect, I thank GOD for those men mixing the mortar for us because it produced wheelbarrows of smear rather than just a bucket like the man in the video. I can’t to begin to imagine how many times he must have refilled that bucket if it took us 2 wheelbarrows full for just one side of the house!
As you can see, my (amazing) mother in law is using a trowel to spread the mortar from the bottom to the top. This is what you do on the ENTIRE wall. Leaving no space bare. Gutters must be detached from walls and don’t even think about missing the window sills!
It took us about 3 hours to smear the first wall. After letting it dry for an hour (and scarfing down sandwiches) we went back out and exposed bricks using a wire brush. This part was kind of fun because there’s no way to mess it up! You just do whatever your heart desires.
We ended up doing 2 more of the back walls before calling it a day. 8 hours of labor and we were POOPED. My body has seriously never hurt like it did that night. And the next day. And the next.
The men that helped us in the beginning returned occasionally over the next few days to finish up the project. How they do that kind of thing everyday blows my mind!
All in all, if you want to German Smear your home, I would say it is possible but it will take multiple days and it is not easy. You also may want help mixing the stuff.
We still have a long way to go when it comes to the details like landscaping (and obvi the shutters need to go back on), but our little home is coming along 🙂 .
Thanks for your help on the german smear Mel and Dick! Y’all are troopers!