Another Faux Brick Wall ... With Real Grout!!
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 faux brick wall.
I will say, this project was quite easy, after I finally settled on a plan....
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-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.
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.
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.
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/
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.....
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-w...>
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.
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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