I really did not mean to keep everyone in suspense after I revealed in yesterday's post the faux brick wall I created in my craft room. I simply wanted to link up with the Pinterest challenge and did not have the time to add the whole tutorial due to other commitments. SORRY!
Without further ado, here are the details on how to create your own 'brick' wall.
I picked up from Home Depot a roll of this SuperFresco Paintable Wallpaper. There are various textures to choose from. The one I chose just has a simple line texture. The wallpaper cost $21.95 and there are no other wallpaper supplies needed for this project. No fancy prepping adhesive, no special tray, and no trowel.
Then I cut up the wallpaper into 'bricks' using my Olfa fabric cutting system. The size I chose for my brick was simply just for practicality reasons so you can make the 'brick' whatever works for you.
I chose 6" by 2 1/4" simply because my ruler was 6" wide and 2 1/4" left very little waste.
Then right over top of my previous stencil I drew out my grid lines for laying my 'brick'. I decided to have 1/4" 'grout' lines so that meant adding 1/4" to each dimension. My lines were drawn for 6 1/4" and 2 1/2" rectangles.
To wet my bricks I simply used a plastic container big enough to fit the 'brick' in, filled with water.
Then simply dip the 'brick'.
And stick it to the wall in the upper right corner of your lines.
The best part about this is that you can rework, and fudge the placement as you go along because the strips do not dry immediately. Just make sure to press down the whole 'brick' to get a good bond. Especially the edges. I just used my finger for this.
To get a perfect fit at the edge just simply dry fit the 'brick' in place and crease it with your finger.
Then simply cut off the excess.
Here is a picture of something I never counted on. I quite liked the look of the 'brick' with dark 'grout' lines.
However, upon close inspection you can see light and dark spots from my stencil. If you like this look, simply paint the wall in the desired 'grout' color before adding your 'bricks'. Then I think I would finish it it a glossy clear coat just to make all the texture stand out.
Anyhow, since I wasn't about to remove all the bricks, paint, and reapply I carried on with my original idea. I wanted some of the dark wall to show through to make it more of an aged 'brick' look. I simply took my paint (Benjamin Moore's Timid White in a gloss finish), and dry brushed the entire wall. Simply dip the brush,
Wipe off the paint lightly,
And starting in the middle of the 'brick', lightly paint over the bricks. Because the bricks have some depth to them not as much paint falls into the 'grout' lines.
The completed wall.
And a close up of the texture.
I did up a quick sample board for those who want the pure clean 'bricks' just to show that this works as well. I think the trick for this look is to make sure to use a glossy paint so that all that beautiful texture shines.
And here is my new light and bright space now that I painted the remaining walls with the same Benjamin Moore color Timid White.
And a quick BEFORE.
So tell me. Which of the three 'brick' looks would you choose? Dark grout, aged brick, or clean white?
Linking To: Simply Creation, Frugalicious Friday, Remodelaholic's Anonymous, Flaunt it Friday, Show and Share, Tickled Pink, Free For All Fridays