I know what you’re thinking..”another faux brick wall??”. But this time I made sure to photograph every single step so you all can recreate this too! P.S. Stay tuned because within the next few weeks, we’ll be faux bricking this entire hallway and I can’t wait to share the reveal with you all!
Let’s take a look at the before. This wall was plain and boring and I really didn’t want to clutter it with more wall decor. I figured a faux brick accent wall was just what it needed to match the faux brick on the other side of the kitchen.
Faux Brick Wall Materials
The supplies you need for this are minimal and not to mention, INEXPENSIVE!
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Paint Brush (The best paint brush you’ll ever use!)
Acrylic Paint (About 6 colors)
Dark Wax (optional)
Faux Brick: Step 1
Step 1 is taping and is probably the longest part of this whole process. Just remember brick is never perfect so yours doesn’t need to be either!
First, you need to figure out how tall you want your bricks to be. I wanted them to be 2.5″ tall. So I started by measuring 2.5″ up from my trim, and placing a piece of tape along the entire wall horizontally. I then continued this by measuring 2.5″ from the top of that piece of tape and placed another piece of tape horizontally. Keep doing this until your entire wall is covered in tape running horizontally.
It should look something like below. Step 1 is completed! Give yourself a pat on the back!
Faux Brick: Step 2
Now we need to place pieces of tape vertically which will help us start to envision how the brick will look. Brick runs in a zig-zag pattern, so you can eyeball the first row and go from there. My bricks were approximately 5″ wide and I just ripped the tape to fit between the horizontal tape. This part will go fast once you get the hang of it. Once done, it should look like my wall below! Now for the messy part!
Faux Brick: Step 3
You are just going to slap this all over your wall. I’m serious, just slap it up there and spread it around. You want the brick to look 3-D and have texture so put as much up there as you want until you have your desired look.
Your wall will look like so when you are done! Don’t panic, it’s going to look fine! One more step until you are finished for the night!
Faux Brick: Step 4
Your final step for the night is removing all the tape. You HAVE to do this when the joint compound is still wet or the tape won’t ever come off the wall and your faux brick will be a major fail and mess. So once you’ve slapped all your joint compound all over the wall, start removing your tape by starting in one corner of the wall. I would recommend having a large trash bag nearby and possibly wearing gloves (although I didn’t) because this does get messy. I mean it’s wet joint compound you’re messing with. It does wipe up easy off floors and walls while it’s wet though so if you do have any boo-boo’s, just wipe them down.
Once all your tape is off the wall, let your faux brick dry overnight. Maybe use this time to go pick out your acrylic paint colors and your grout color.
Faux Brick: Step 5
The next day, your faux brick wall should be dry and ready for paint. I ALWAYS paint the bricks first so I can get sloppy and make sure to get the edges of the bricks, and then go back and cut in with your selected grout color aka paint.
The paint colors I used were a dark brown, brown, white, two shades of beige, and a brick red/brown. They are $0.77 a bottle and you won’t even use half of one on a wall this size. I had actually reused the ones I used for my other faux brick wall if that tells you anything about how long they last!
For best results, be sure to stipple your brush in the paint. Less is more. You can always go back and add more paint but you can’t remove it. I started by randomly placing one base color on each brick. Like I said, this is completely random as brick should be.
I included a zoomed in look so you can see that my painting wasn’t perfect. I quickly added some paint to each brick and moved on.
The next thing you’ll want to do is use different color(s) on each brick. Use different brushstrokes and firmness when painting. Some bricks you can see I used a lot of paint on while others I just barely brushed my paint brush against the faux brick. Once again, this was random. Sometimes I would use the same paint color twice on the same brick. I also used my white paint to create a whitewashed effect. It turned out quite bold but I knew I was going to dark wax over this entire wall soon and the white would blend right in.
Once your bricks are painted the way you like them, it’s time to cut in with your grout color. I chose white for my grout color because I was going to use dark wax to antique it anyways. That is completely optional and up to you. I like the white grout look but the faux brick wall on the other side of my kitchen wouldn’t have matched since it has dark wax as well.
I just used an old sock to apply the dark wax, making sure to rub it in everywhere. It may intimidate you since the wax is very dark but it adds an aged patina you’ll love!
Faux Brick: After
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I just love the detail that the joint compound shows. It really makes it look like true, aged brick!
This is by far one of my favorite projects hence why I’ve already done it twice in our home, and soon to be this whole hallway! Thanks for stopping by the blog and don’t forget to let me know what you think of this easy and inexpensive project in the comments below!
1.5 containers joint compound $11.35
6 containers acrylic paint $4.62
1 paint brush $5.47
Roll of tape $3.73
Minimal amount of dark wax (Already had on hand) $0
Putty Knife $2.97
Grand Total: $28.14