I think that we have definitely decided to paint our brick exterior probably. :) (Our home before we moved in.) The boys and I jumped in the car a couple of days ago and drove through an area in Lexington that is full of older brick homes.
White-washed brick facade: 1 part left over white flat ceiling paint and 1 part water brushed on and then wiped off with an old rag. Used brown paint and gray paint to paint random bricks all over as well. Mantle painted glossy black. The inside of the fireplace is painted with flat black high heat paint.