Many painters paint bricks, but not all do it properly. If brick is painted without the proper masonry primer, it may look great for a year or two, but in time the paint will begin to crackle and peel. Brick homes in Kentucky get very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. The extreme changes in temperature, as well as moisture trying to escape from behind and within the bricks, cause the paint to improperly bond to the bricks and to eventually peel. Once this situation begins, there is no way to slow or prevent it. The only way to treat this mistake is to strip all that paint off and start over. A very costly mistake.
If you are considering painting your bricks yourself, or hiring a professional to do so, make sure you or they use a proper masonry primer which will bond to the bricks in the conditions mentioned above. Then, you are not really painting your exterior bricks, per se, you are painting the primer. This is how painted bricks will last a long time looking great.
One of the advantages of painting bricks over using mineral paints is that the acrylic paint comes in various finishes such as satin and semi-gloss to give a nice shine to the bricks. Mineral paints only come in a flat finish.
See below a Before and an After picture of a beautiful home we properly primed and then painted on Chinoe in Lexington.