Changing color of exterior brick?
Our 25 year old two-story home has dutch-lap vinyl siding on the upper (that I plan to replace eventually) and brick on the entire first level that is a motlled orange color, with some bricks that are brownish, tan or black-orange. I hate the color, and would replace it someday if we have the dough.
For now, I'm trying to live with, and considered several options-
1) Have it professionally stained- we had a quote from Nawkaw-we were quoted about $5000, with each brick stained individually. My hesitation is cost, and concern that the result is too monochromatic.
2) Try to tone down the orange tone by sponging the the brick with masonry paint or stain(though I'm not sure of the durability of such a technique) to make it look more red, reddish brown, brown, or even a dirty white (with only part of the underlying color showing through the topcoat).
3) Paint the brick an opaque color(white?) or whitewash/limewash it like many older homes. Again the concern is final result and durability.
Does anybody have any experience with any of these ideas, or any materials recommendations? By the way, my wife thinks I'm insane. Please tell me I'm not.