Well, i'm happy to say that the bulk of the house has been painted. All that is left is the trim and a few touch-ups here and there. However, i'm going to wait to show you what color we chose until after the trim is finished. For now, here's how it looked last week. We first primed the brick using Zinser latex Primer (not the oil-based version that we often use on stained furniture) I primed the dark bricks first so that they would get two coats. This worked well when we painted our fireplace bricks inside See Here for pics.
Our house was speckled like this for a better part of the week, which garnered several comments from the retired neighbors that surround our house and other On-lookers. Here are two of my favorites.
1) Neighbor: "So, what are you doing with the brick?" Us:"Well, we're going to paint it. "
Neighbor: "Where did you get that idea?" hmmm.
2) Me: "i just finished priming all the dark bricks! now we're ready for a full coat." On-looker: "Oh, i thought maybe you were trying to insulate certain bricks or something." WHAT!!?? :)
This picture shows the patchwork of colors we were trying out. Paint is just plain tricky we decided.
Once again, here's our "before" We affectionately called the old color "swine". SO happy its gone.