Create Faux Brick Wall Using Inexpensive Paneling

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8 Hours
We created a really fabulous aged brick wall for our home decor store using paneling from the home improvement store! This project was inexpensive, and was relatively easy to do! When people see this wall, they cannot believe it is paneling! I keep a scrap piece of paneling just to show them!

This first thing we did was nail up our paneling. Next, I began applying Roll On Texture. Once that was dry, I rolled on watered down paint to create a "whitewash" look. The third step was applying Venetian Plaster to create depth and texture. The final step was applying Polycyrlic to seal the brick.

My video will take you through step-by-step. You can do it!
Here is a close up photo of the brick paneling.
The first step was to apply the Roll On Texture. Roll it on a small section at a time. Then you take a putty knife and go up and down over the texture. This immediately creates an aged look on the wall!

If you don't want any red of the brick to show through, then you want to "white wash" the brick. This is applying watered down paint with a roller. If you want some of the red brick to show through then skip this step.
After the Roll On Texture is dry you are ready to apply the Venetian Plaster. Again, use the putty knife to apply onto the brick. The key here is to only apply on a few bricks and apply sparingly. You are only wanting to highlight and add depth to the wall.

Your last step, once the Venetian plaster is dry is to apply Polycrylic . Do not use Polyurethane! It will yellow the wall!
What an outstanding backdrop!
I just love how this project turned out!
Here is my video with the step-by-step process to creating a gorgeous faux brick wall! Enjoy! :)
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  • E E on Feb 09, 2020

    Have any trouble with yellowing? I used a putty knife and roll-on wall texture for the mountain peek step, and once it dried it was yellow, especially in the grout lines. Scared to proceed with painting at this point as I wanted some brick to peek through so I didn't want to thick coat.

  • Deb Glover Deb Glover on Mar 18, 2021

    Can you see the seams where the panels meet? Do you get any colour bleed off the red panel?

  • Jkr32084009 Jkr32084009 on Sep 21, 2022

    Hello -

    What if i wanted a bit more grey/tan...would i do the venetian plaster step before the watered down paint? I am looking for more natural brick color to come through with some grey.


    Your wall looks fantastic!

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  • Gail Guidance Gail Guidance on Jun 13, 2021

    Absolutely love this idea!!! So much cheaper than buying cut brick!!! I can’t wait to try it!!!!!!

  • Kat Kat on Sep 06, 2023

    Yes, I will do this. I have a perfect wall in a studio apartment for this.

    Thank you for the excellent presentation!