Are you looking for a way to update your home’s dated bricks or just simply love the look of imperfect stone with excess mortar? Check out one of today’s hottest design trends: German smear.
You’ll already know I’m basically a fan of brick in any fashion, raw, painted, or smeared up! My home actually features brick in all forms- a painted white brick exterior, a herringbone raw brick accent wall, and now my new german smear backsplash.
German smear is a type of mortar wash. It’s achieved by spreading wet mortar over the bricks, then removing some before it dries. The result is reminiscent of the Old World. My home’s overall ascetic is a modern take on french country design, so this seemed to be the perfect choice.
Honestly you could use this inexpesive technique to update old brick or outdated stone in your own home. I love the imperfect beauty and texture it brings to any space and it was super easy to achieve. This isn’t the first brick backsplash I’ve installed. In fact, I used this same “gluing” method to install the brick backsplash in my last home. I didn’t smear it in the same way, but the install was the same.
I partnered with the Home Depot to bring you the full tutorial on how to install a brick backsplash and achieve the perfect german smear look. To read the full tutorial Click Here.
After searching high and low for the perfect brick to incorporate into my kitchen I finally came across this Old Mill Brick. It’s the Colonial Collection Alamo Sunrise and it comes in a Box of 50 thins. I used 6 boxes to cover my entire kitchen backsplash, over my doorway and into the butler pantry. The warm hues of this brick match perfectly with my white oak floors. Notice how much warmth and texture it brings to my kitchen!
I used a bright white non sanded grout for a nice contrast. You can purchase it pre mixed or mix it at home yourself with a drill and paddle. Honestly this project was super easy. It’s basically impossible to over grout or mess up. If you don’t like the look at first, just play with it. Add more or wipe it off depending on how much stone or masonry you want to show! Since I already had a black marble backsplash, I didn’t want to add too much grout and detract from the marble. I feel like I achieve the perfect look for my home! Go check out my full tutorial HERE, and tell me what you think of my new brick back splash the comment section below!
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