Faux Brick Backsplash!

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I am back with projects in our new home!!

My husband and I sold both our home of 30+ years and our cottage of 20 years and combined two homes into ONE up on the lake. Needless to say, combining two homes into one and making our new home ours, has been a challenge!

I want to share my early quarantine project with you all, I hope you like it.

Kitchen before Remodel.

This was our kitchen a year and a half ago when we first moved into this house. The house was a seasonal home for the previous owners and worked fine for them, yet for us to live in year round, this girl needs room if I am going to cook!

Kitchen after Remodel!

We remodeled the kitchen late last summer and I waited seven months before I decided what I wanted to do for a backslash.

Initially I was going to do subway tile but never felt like that was what I wanted. After much thought, and A LOT of time on my hands, I decided to tackle the project and do the faux brick.

Items used for project:

  • 4 x 8 brick panels (purchased)
  • White Caulk (purchased)
  • Light Weight Joint Compound (purchased)
  • Polycrylic (purchased)

  • Wide Putty Knife (had on hand)
  • Table Saw for cutting paneling (had on hand)
  • Jig Saw (for cutting out the outlets) (had on hand)
  • Nailer (had on hand)
  • Level (had on hand)

Installing Brick Panels

I used our table saw to cut the panels and the jig saw for cutting out the outlets. This part was messy! I would recommend doing all your cutting outside if possible. These panels create a lot of dust when cutting and...wear a MASK, you should have one of these on hands.

Before measuring and cutting your panels, be sure to take note of matching up the brick on the new piece. This is important because if you cut a piece of paneling and you go to install it and the brick doesn't match the one on the wall, trust me, you will not be happy.

Also, have a level handy, I would level each panel before securing it to the wall.

I used my Ryobi 18-Volt ONE Cordless Airstrike 18 Gauge Brad Nailer to attach the panels to the wall. Cue Tim Allen from The Tool Man doing his grunting noices!! This is by far my favorite tool!

Some people, in addition to nailing, will use Liquid Nails (constrution adhesive) to attach the panels to the walls. However, the way I change my mind with decor, I didn't want to risk removing the panels and damaging the walls.

Caulking Seams

Once you get all your panels up, you will caulk your seams. When the caulk is dry (I waited overnight), start getting excited, because the fun part is about to begin!

Applying Joint Compound.

This seriously is an easy process. Have an extra putty knife in the bucket to scoop out the Joint Compound onto the putty knife that you are going to be smearing with. There is no right way or wrong way to do this, just have fun playing and getting the look you are trying to achieve.

Protecting your hard work!!

Wait until the next day to apply the Polycrylic to seal and protect your project. You can roll or brush the Polycrylic on your walls, I applied two coats on my walls.

Start decorating!!

Now...sit back and have a much needed glass of wine and enjoy your new backsplash. Oh, and relish the fact that you saved hundreds of dollars by doing this yourself!!

Thank you for reading and have a great day!!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Mary
    on May 11, 2020

    Why do you prefer joint compound over paint? The brick turned out really neat!

  • Mila S
    on May 11, 2020

    I would like to know what your countertop is please. Nice job on the brick work.

  • Michele
    on May 12, 2020

    does poly turn yellow over time? i’ve never used it

    • From everything I have ever read, because it is water based, it will not yellow. I have used it for years on different projects and never had a problem with it yellowing.

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  • Bek
    on May 12, 2020

    Alas, I live in RD housing, and they don't allow ANY permanent changes. I'll bet museum putty judiciously applied will work! It will hold almost anything TO anything, and remove without marring!

  • Elizabeth Roy
    10 minutes ago

    Love it! The joint compound is a great idea!

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