Fixer Upper: Old-World Charm for Newlyweds Prior to the renovation, the home exterior was plain brown brick. The distinctive whitewashing effect was achieved through a technique known as German mortar smear.
* *Update - May 2016 Some of you may have been watching Fixer Upper lately - you'll notice that sweet ol' Joanna Gaines has used this EXACT method in some of the houses that they've been renovating down in Waco. She calls it "German Smear" and has been
How to do a German Smear! I’ve always loved interior brick walls, gravitating to anything brick, stone or wood. The only way I could have one is to create my own & the German Smear technique is what makes faux brick panels look gloriously real!