Another Faux Brick Wall ... With Real Grout!!

7 Materials
$100
4 Hours
Medium

Hi Everyone, I hope all is well with you!

Don't you just love brick walls? I love to walk into a restaurant and see an old brick wall or maybe even as a backdrop for a lovely vintage dresser that has been painted with an gorgeous color. I feel like every time I watch a show on TV lately, there is another awesome brick wall. Well, I decided to redo the wall at the top of my stairs in my home and make a
another faux brick wall with real grout
Now some of you may look at my before picture and think it looks just fine and dandy. I did this board and batten wall five years ago because I had done my downstairs bathroom (check out my post here: http://www.hometalk.com/26634327/board-and-batten-bathroom" target="_blank">http://www.hometalk.com/26634327/board-and-ba...) and I liked it so much, I decided to do this wall. Well, I am sick of it and it is time for a change.
another faux brick wall with real grout
I purchased two 4x8 sheets of this faux brick paneling from Menards at $28.97 per sheet. After removing the board and batten (15 minute project), my husband and I attached the brick paneling to wall using my Ryobi Air Strike Cordless Nailer (best tool ever).

I thought perhaps I could hang these panels myself, but these suckers were heavy!! Nice to have an extra set of hands (and a nice hubby  ) for the installation, but I am sure with blocks to hold in place, you could do it yourself.
another faux brick wall with real grout
If you go to my Facebook page: Creating Rustic Charm, you will be able to watch the live videos of my process and how I applied joint compound and grout to give the brick a realistic look: https://www.facebook.com/pg/creatingrusticharm/videos/?ref=page_internal

Please be kind, these were my first DIY video's and I'm not gonna lie, it was a wee bit nerve wracking not knowing what I was doing, major rookie. Give me a drill, paint brush or nail gun any day, but techie I am not.

another faux brick wall with real grout
I used a Japan Scraper to apply the grout and the Joint Compound to the wall. These are flexible, awesome tools for applying texture to a project. I bought my scrapers at a Professional Faux Finishing class that I took about 15 years ago. You can order these online at this site: http://www.paintanddesignstore.com/japan-scraper-set/
another faux brick wall with real grout
This is the after photo ...and then....you know how you get something in your head on how you want it to look when you are done...well.....
another faux brick wall with real grout
I scraped it ALL off!!! THREE TIMES!! I was going for the old world looking brick with lots of texture and it just looked fake. I...just...didn't...like...it!

Every time I would walk past this wall, I would look at it and it just bugged me. NOPE, didn't like it! So for a fourth time, I started all over again.

I remembered a post on Hometalk where a gal named Angie Harvey Hughes did a mountain peak method with chalk paint and I loved her end result. So I decided what the heck, I might as well try this method. You can check out her post here: http://www.hometalk.com/13980202/faux-brick-wall</div" target="_blank">http://www.hometalk.com/13980202/faux-brick-w...>
another faux brick wall with real grout
I made the same recipe of chalk paint that was in Angie's post: 1 cup Latex paint, 1 1/2 Tablespoons cool water and 2 1/2 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris. I mixed this all together and brushed my peaks and then painted the other bricks in a dry brushing method so that more color would show through. I even painted my grout! Yup, didn't like the color of that either.

Sorry, I should have taken a better shot of my mountain peaks but you can kind of make them out.

This method literally only took me approximately 4 hours, if that! The total cost was around $100.00. If I had skipped the Joint compound and grout, it would have only cost me around $60.00 (I had all the items to make my own chalk paint on hand). Live and Learn.
another faux brick wall with real grout
Here is my completed wall!! I can't even guess how many hours I put into this wall when it should have only taken me 4 - 5 hours from start to finish. Again, I had a certain look in my head that I was trying to achieve and I just wasn't accomplishing it, but I finally did.

I am so happy with the final result with this wall, it is exactly what I wanted!!

Thanks for reading my post, friends!! Happy DIYing!
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3 of 4 questions
  • Pearl Lay
    on Nov 14, 2018

    I have a sheet rock wall that looks like brick would it stick?

    • Oh boy, without actually seeing the product you are talking about, I am hesitant to advise. However, if you are going to just do the chalk paint treatment that I did in the end, that should work. Good luck!

  • Erin Davis Pickens
    on Nov 14, 2018

    I absolutely love this!! I have been wanting to do a brick wall in my kitchen for years. But thought I would have to use real brick. Can you tell me what you did on the left edge? Mine is open also and I wonder how it would look if it’s not real brick.

    • Erin Davis Pickens
      on Nov 16, 2018

      I am definitely going to do this. Soooooooo much cheaper. I was going to buy a tile saw and buy real brick and cut them to put on the wall. This will be cheaper and less time consuming, I'm sure. Thank you so much.

  • Carole
    on Nov 14, 2018

    Absolutely love your wall! Would love to do in my kitchen. Could you respond to the question about the exposed edge. What did you do for that side of the wall?

    • Thank you so much Carole! I truly appreciate your comment. I am coping and pasting what I just responded to the last question: There is a piece of wood trim on the edge of the wall and I filled in the gap with grout. I wonder if you to Home Depot or Lowes and picked up a piece of trim, I would think that would work for you also. Instead of grout to fill in the gap, you could just use caulk. Caulk is a girls best friend, trust me!! I hope this helped! Good luck if you do this, you will love the end result!

      Also, post on Hometalk so I can see the end product.

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  • Tracey
    on Nov 30, 2018

    Its just perfect! Kudos for not quitting, you go girl!

  • Wxw
    on Dec 18, 2018

    A woman's instinct rarely leads her atray . . . Good job, Girlfriend!

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