Making faux brick wall is actually possible for your DIY project. It is pretty simple and it doesn’t cost more than $200 as well. Check out the following tutorial for the complete guide.
Materials and Supplies
- Faux bricks, consider your targeted wall measurement
- White paint, a sample size if enough, glossy finish is fine
- Spackle, this project uses a bucket size plus a small can
- Sandpaper, optional, for more distressed look and less white making
- Plastic putty knife, big one is faster, never replace with metal
The Making Steps
Measure your wall carefully so you get the exact numbers. Next, plan for the pattern and how it will line up on your wall. It is recommended to get the measurement first, and plan the pattern while buying the panels. Let Home Depot makes the cut for you so you only need to hang it. This is faster. However if you don’t mind cutting them yourself and do it slowly until the pattern lines up, it is fine too.
Pay attention to your wall situation. If you have any jacks on it like phone jacks, make sure to measure the position and mark it on your panel. Then, make the hole to accommodate the jacks. It is suggested to make it smaller so your cover can sit on top of it nicely. You can use the Exacto knife to make the holes.
Now, let’s nail up the brick panels. Find the studs first, and then nail a couple for each stud row. This is how you make it even and smooth. When you are ready for the next panel, match it up first and then continue nailing until the whole wall is up. It takes careful attention especially on the pattern details.
If you like the brick wall, you can stop here. However, if you want the whitewashed look, you should continue with German Smear. Take the spackle and apply it on the wall in a thick coat. Prioritize the cracks. When you are done, immediately use the plastic putty knife to smear the wall. Leave it to dry, probably overnight. Then, do some sanding on the wall to expose the brick colors more.
When you are done sanding, it is recommended to refinish the wall with white paint. This time, we only need thin layer. This project uses 25% paint and 75% water mixture, but you can also go for 50% paint and 50% water if you think your wall needs it. Apply thin layer on the entire surface of the wall and leave it to dry. You can apply sealant, more sanding, or another paint coating if you want to.