Sunday, April 24, 2016

German Smear

We are starting a project that will be a cigar lounge for someone with 6 children who needs a place to escape!  The room was added onto a blue stone patio, so part of it has the red brick from the exterior now on the interior.  We want a bit of cool New york exposed brick feel so it looks like good ole German Smear may just do the trick.  What's German Smear you ask? It's the smearing of specific mortar over the brick which is then blended on and wire brushed or sanded off a bit to give a distressed look. I found some great examples of this technique and I love it! To leave or smear brick that is the questions I say smear away!!

All these great images were found on HOUZZ - HERE


  1. Love this treatment. Here in Columbus we have a neighborhood full of it aptly called German Village. Good luck with your project!

  2. I learned something - thanks! Love the finish.

  3. love live the smear, schmear, scha-wing! it's a fantastic update with so much textural interest. happy weekend, lovely.

  4. I too love the look, adds visual softness and interest.

  5. Oh yes, my friend:) Smear is a wonderful look! We did this to our home, I would have liked to have gone a little heavier, but the hubby isn't the fan of smear that I am...:(
    So, compromise.
    I will be on the lookout for those geraniums once your weather warms just a few more degrees!

    1. Hello, What is the upkeep for exterior smear? Does it need to be redone periodically? Thank you.

  6. Love that look - and I didn't know it was called that. Good luck with your project!

  7. I remember seeing this on Fixer Upper. Chip Gaines used it and I thought it was fantastic. These are such nice examples. I had forgotten what it was called. So glad you posted this!

  8. I had NO idea that this was called that!! What a fun project for you!! Hope your week is off to a great start! xoxo

  9. I want to update my red brick fireplace by using the German smear technique. Problem is I went to get white mortar, but Lowes only had the regular gray mortar. Does tile mortar work or thinset? Where can I get white mortar?

  10. I would like to try the German smear technique on my fireplace. The bricks appear to be concrete an very porous. I can't find any info or pictures of this type of brick with German smear. Does anyone have suggestions. Thanks

  11. Can any body help me with the information on how or where to order the German Smear material pleas....

  12. Please note that the second to last photo is not German Smear it is BioCalce Classico from The process is far easier than German Smear since it is a paint not a thin set mortar. We know because we applied it 5 years ago and still looks great - thanks, ROMABIO


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