Making a Faux Brick Wall With Sheetrock Plaster

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DIY major project! We have a crack appear in the same spot every year that I have to repair. So, this year I decided to try for a permanent fix. Make a faux brick wall as inexpensive as I can. Major undertaking since it is in a vaulted part of the foyer going up stairs! After a week of backbreaking work, I am happy with the results.

Before I started.

This is the entry foyer. Before picture.

The crack I was covering up

I should have put this first. This is the pain in the b$&@ crack!

Tape, tape and more tape!

I measured a brick. Then painstakingly measured out the brick pattern and taped it off. Grueling task, but it was very important that it look as much like brick as possible. I tore the tape so it didn’t look like clean edges. I used a level just to make sure it was straight and a pencil to draw out the pattern.

Not easy on the stairs!

More taping! The tape was some I already had, hence, the different colors. I buy tape any time I find it at a garage sale just for these types of projects.

I then used all purpose Sheetrock joint compound to put over the area. It was on sale at Menards for $12.97 for 5 gallons. At first, I used my putty knife to lay the compound. Later, I used my hand (with a plastic glove on) and just smeared it. It worked way better. The putty knife didn’t let me put it on as thick as I wanted. When it had set about 15 minutes, I started pulling off the taped. Messy deal! Make sure u have your trash can close by! If it dries with the tape- good luck getting it off! I didn’t see one or two until after it had dried and couldn’t get it off. So, I made a line where it should have been with the ‘grout’.

A mudding we will go!

The tan ‘bricks’ were me trying to tint the joint compound to save a step. I didn’t like it so continued just with the white.

All the way done with the joint compound! The ‘bricks’ were 1/4 to 1/2 inch raised from the wall. Then I put a thin layer of Rock Hard putty (bought at Menards for about $9.) over the bricks to make them more durable. The yellow parts are the putty not yet dry. It turns white when dry. You have to work fast because it hardens in no time. It comes in a dry powder that you mix as needed. Only mix smaller amounts because of the fast hardening speed. Play around with what works for you.

Painting the ‘brick’

I used acrylic paint (some I had laying around. The smaller bottles from Walmart in the craft section) and put the colors I wanted on a coated paper plate. Using a sea sponge, I would paint each brick until I liked the way it looked. It looks harder than it is. With the texture of the joint compound makes it easy to paint and make it look like real brick.

More painting! Then I ‘grouted’ between each ‘brick’ using caulking I found with textured pieces in it that actually looks like cement. It is called Red Devil EPC stucco patch. Bought it at Menards. I bought 4 thinking I would probably take one back. Wrong! I used all 4. It really makes it look real! Then I put a matted glaze over the brick ( I had that in the garage from another project) to further seal everything. Maybe overkill- but I only want to do this one time! I don’t want flaking down the road.

Finally finished!!

From start to finish- it took me a week. Working day and evening.

Done!

The vaulted part was the hardest. I don’t like heights- so I would keep my mind on the task and not look down!! Ta da! Done and I love the look! Now if it cracks in the future, it will just be part of the brick and hopefully won’t be noticeable.

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  • Rita
    Rita
    on Apr 13, 2020

    I would love to try this project. What is the best and safest way to clean the "bricks"? Do you feel this method would be ok to consider placing in a bathroom where there is more concentration of moisture from the steam of the shower?

    • Sonja
      Sonja
      on Apr 13, 2020

      Oh and to clean the faux brick- use a Vacuum cleaner wand like u use on drapes.

  • Patsy
    Patsy
    on Sep 18, 2020

    How did you use a ladder at the top of the stairs.

    • Sonja
      Sonja
      on Sep 18, 2020

      We have a landing at the point where it takes a left and a few more stairs to go up into our bedroom. I put the ladder on the landing and put a thick board on the step of the ladder and over to the stair. My husband secured it so it was very sturdy. It’s probably best to use scaffolding.

  • Mary Russell
    Mary Russell
    on Sep 18, 2020

    You did a fantastic job making this look good and authentic.Very creative.I would be concerned why my wall was 'cracking' each year.Have you ever had a structural engineer investigate?

    • Sonja
      Sonja
      on Sep 18, 2020

      Yes that has been taken care of. Thank you ☺️

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