Paige’s DIY Faux Brick Wall
- Painters Tape
- Spackling Knife / trowel
- Utility knife
- All purpose joint compound or spackle
- Stiff paint brush
- 1 – 3 colors of paint (the colors you would like your brick)
- Sea Sponge
- Sanding sponge
- Cotton swabs
- Scrap piece of cardboard (to cut into 3” x 7”)
- Prepare tape: Using a utility knife, score tape several layers deep all the way around.
- Using blade on both sides of the edges of roll, carve the edges to create an uneven line
- Make a brick template (about 3inches x 7 inches) from cardboard or heavy paper. Put a small piece of double stick tape (or blue painter’s tape) in the center that will hold the template but can be removed easily to reposition
- Use template to set up your brick pattern on the wall with painter’s tape (set horizontal lines first then vertical lines, staggering bricks as you go)
- Put some joint compound into a mixing bowl and add paint (use any colors to get the color of brick you like).
- Stir your paint/compound mixture well.
- You can either paint on your mixture, or smear on the wall (like cake frosting) using a trowel
- Work in sections so you can texturize as you go
- Don’t let sections dry before texturizing
- Using a dry paint brush or sea sponge, stipple the wet compound to your liking. You can also add bits of color for an uneven, old-world effect.
- Let rest about 15-30 minutes (dry climates will dry quicker than wet climates)
- Using your trowel, scrape lightly across the area to remove peaks
- Peel off tape and let cure for 1-2 days
- Using a sanding block, scrub lightly over all surfaces to remove rough and sharp edges
- Use a wet swab to clean up mistakes
- Tape off electrical outlets, windows, baseboards or other features to prevent smears
- Experiment with the color you like – let it dry and keep track of the ratio of paint to compound
- Blend all the paint into compound but leave streaks of color to achieve a natural look
- Don’t worry if your compound runs over brick areas as it gives it an authentic look
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