HOW TO MAKE A DIY FAUX BRICK WALL LOOK REAL

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$150
4 Hours
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Here's how we made a DIY faux brick wall - using brick veneer panels - and made it look pretty darn real...

What a transformation our guest room has had! Above is a Before shot, clearly. An adequate space for guests to sleep - but completely uninspiring. I think it's fair to say it had no character.  

The room has come a long long way. And one of our goals, along with making our guests feel welcome and comfortable, was to add layers of texture and interest to this supremely boring space. We've achieved a lot through our other basement makeover projects: Click here to check them out!


In this case, the plan called for starting with the most difficult part to make sure things looked good. 


We used cut-off pieces from the bookcase backing to cover a duct box. At this point, it was an experiment, but the planning rules still hold: 

Look at the sections you are using and line up the bricks like they would be on a real wall section. 


This means 'half' bricks are ends and should meet 'full' bricks on any outside corners. 

Now for the fun part... Drywall compound like you're partially plastered


Don't skimp on the compound up that middle seam, then drag it out in various random directions to look like an old wall. When complete, you can use your sculpting skills to make the seam bricks look connected or simply obscure everything. It's art!

Lightly sand, prime, finish paint and you're done!


[Psst! You may also like to check out our basement closet turned powder room renovation... You can check it out here!]

Here's how it turned out... Pretty fantastic, am I right?!


For even more before and after photos, and more detailed instructions, head on over to the blog for the full post!

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3 questions
  • Kellyduck
    on Dec 4, 2018

    Different wall? seems to be a door and the ceiling is different. Love the brick and great work but before and after look like two different spaces?


    • Kellyduck
      on Dec 4, 2018

      I will look - awesome work! Makes everything so warm and inviting!

  • Kat
    on Dec 5, 2018

    Mobile transformation, wondering wouldn't have bricks of work better your choice of color and stick it on?

  • Kat
    on Dec 5, 2018

    Mobile transformation, wondering wouldn't half real bricks of work better your choice of color and stick it on?

    • Jewellmartin
      on Dec 29, 2018

      To use even half bricks would require a framework, mortar, and actual skill in brickwork. The faux brick panels are easier moved, installed, and could be removed. I loved the red brick look since I grew up with red brick, but it really is more realistic that an old wall would be painted or whitewashed. Does this help? 😊

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