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Photo: Monkey Business Images (Shutterstock) Exposed brick walls can give your room a warm and rustic feel—but maintaining them can be more daunting than you might initially realize. You can bring them back to their former glory, though—or update them with some paint—by following these simple steps. The tools and materials you need to repair exposed brick To repair the mortar in your exposed brick wall, you’ll need a few tools and a little patience. A hammer, mortar chisel , and some masonry mortar are first on the list, as well as a wire brush. You will also need something to remove excess mortar and smooth your repairs. You can use a masonry trowel for this, but if this is a one-time project, a cheaper and simpler option is a metal spoon. You may also want to cover your floors with some masking paper or a drop cloth to make clean-up easier. First, remove damaged, loose mortar Begin by using your chisel to carefully remove any loose mortar from between your bricks, down to about ½ to 1 inch. If you have big gaps going deeper than that, it’s time to call a professional mason because there might be structural issues with your brick. Once you’ve cleaned out the damaged and loose mortar, use the wire brush to remove any stubborn bits and shards. Then, you’re ready to mix your mortar. Apply new mortar Following the instructions on the package, mix your mortar and apply in the space you’ve […]