Bricks provide that classic but very elegant appeal, whether these are put on the exterior or interior of the house. Though beautiful, bricks are something that most people can’t afford. Only well-to-do people and perhaps those who have saved some for an extravagant home makeover can afford to have real bricks in their homes. If you want this too but you are short in budget, do not worry anymore. Faux bricks are cheaper, easier to install, and easier to maintain. With this alternative, you can still get that classic yet elegant appeal out of a common man’s pocket.
- Paint, preferably red, black, and tan
- Textured ceiling roller
- Painter’s tape
Before starting the project, make sure you are wearing protective gears like gloves, dust mask, and goggles.
1. Outline. Make the faux brick outline on the wall by drawing vertical and horizontal lines using a piece of chalk. Don’t forget to put some lines for the grout. Decide on the size of bricks, say 7 inches by 3 inches. It will be up to you but make sure you’ll leave at least one inch for the grout. Use the ruler for measuring the bricks. The bricks should also be staggered for more natural brick appeal.
2. Painter’s tape. Start creating the 3D effect on your faux brick wall. You have to apply the spackle on the wall. But doing this will be difficult and messy without another guide—painter’s tape. This serves as a protector for the parts that don’t need to have spackle on. Using tape will make the spackle application worry-free but perfect.
Use painter’s tape that is about a quarter inch thick. Paste it on the outline that you have drawn. You can divide the task, say putting tape for the first two rows only. After working on these two, put another set of painter’s tape on the next rows.
3. Spackle on. Put the spackle on using a trowel on the faux bricks. The thickness should be at least 1/8 to about ¼ inch. Clean up the brick edges using the trowel while the spackle is still wet. Repeat this process for other bricks until you have put spackle on all bricks. Make sure the spackle is completely dry before proceeding to the next step.
4. Brick texture. Once the faux bricks are dry, apply another layer of spackle on them using a texture ceiling roller. Choose the texture you want for the roller. This will create the texture of real bricks. Dry the textured faux bricks again.
5. Apply primer. Before applying the primer on the dried textured faux bricks, tint the primer first with the color of the grout. Apply it evenly on both the bricks and the grout. Let the primer dry before you start painting the faux bricks.
6. Painting. Painting the bricks. You can use the traditional red-black-tan color. Using a sponge, dab on the red paint on the brick, avoid painting the grout. Paint on black and tan for more realistic appeal. Let the faux paint dry.
It’s that easy to make lovely and realistic faux bricks. See? Enjoying the classic yet elegant brick is possible without the hassle and without breaking your wallet.