We’re converting an area in our Plymouth store to a warehouse loft space and decided that, since both white walls and brick walls are trending, it might be fun to replace our turquoise wall with a combination of both!
In addition to knowing a lot about design trends, the oh-so-talented Chad is also experienced at decorative painting and faux finishes, and he did an awesome job of bringing the brick wall vision to life.
If this is a look you’d like to try, we’ve got the DIY breakdown for you:
Creating your faux brick wall:
1. Choose and purchase brick paneling. We purchased ours here.
2. Lay all of the paneling out and make sure the sheets are going the same way so that the bricks line up when installed.
3. Measure for any outlets or windows and mark all of the areas on the back of the paneling.
4. Drill pilot holes and then cut all of the openings out with a jigsaw.
5. Spread liquid nails on the back of the paneling and attach to the wall. Secure with an air nailer.6. Once you have all of the paneling in place, it’s time to add the brick texture.
We used a pre-mixed all purpose joint compound and added Elmer’s Glue for extra adhesion. The glue is an important step because there’s no binder in the joint compound so, without the glue, it will chip off easier.
Chad didn’t have a specific glue to compound ratio, but said just don’t go too thin or it will fall off the wall. (If it does end up too thin, add more joint compound or let the mixture sit until it thickens up.)
7. Using a 6″ trowel, apply the mixture to each brick at a steep angle (approximately 10 degrees) using a dragging method. If you don’t use the steep angle, it won’t have the right texture and will just end up looking like frosting rather than brick texture.
Apply the mixture on the bricks only – not the grout lines. Make sure you have very good coverage on the bricks that are by the seams, though, to make those less noticeable on the white faux brick wall.
After drying another 24 hours, paint the newly textured paneling with white paint (we used Hirshfields 0023 Shell Tint in a flat finish), using a regular 1/2″ nap roller.
This white faux brick wall was a fairly simple, and inexpensive, way to incorporate current wall trends and add amazing texture to a space.
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