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27 thoughts on “How to Build a Faux Brick Wall

  1. I love that I can hear your voice in these posts. Your work is amazing and your attention to detail brings all of these features to a whole new level. What a special gift you have!! Congratulations on all of your hard work paying off in these houses that you have turned into homes.

  2. Wow! I loved reading the step by step process! You are so very talented with a lot of patience! 🙂 Keep posting more, I want to learn! Love how the brick turned out 😍

  3. Love it! My husband and I bought a 1908 United Methodist Church that we’re converting to our residence. I am going to try this technique on some of the walls. Can hardly wait! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jodi-that sounds fantastic! You will have to send me some pictures when you complete your project! I was so thankful to find the idea on Pinterest when we were renovating. Pinterest is worth it’s weight in gold. Have fun!

  4. This looks so beautiful! My husband and I will close on our fixer-upper tomorrow! EEK! I am really wanting to incorporate a french cottage theme throughout and this is a perfect way to achieve that older brick look!

    My question is, do you have a total cost for this project? I want to replicate it, but need to make sure it fits into the budget!

    1. Hi Kamera! Congratulations! That is so exciting! Each 4×8′ sheet cost about $26 (plus tax). We ended up spending right around $175 on our wall. I hope that helps! Enjoy your fixer-upper!

  5. Do you think this could work for a kitchen backsplash? I’m looking to do the shiplap look in the kitchen but am considering something different, brick, for the backsplash.

    1. Absolutely. I would just be sure to seal it up really well or else the joint compound will be wiping off every time it gets wet. I would love to see a picture of it when you’re all done. Have fun!

  6. Looks beautiful!! Can you tell us about your ceiling and paint color. Thank you this is just what I want in my dining and kitchen! Wall and ceiling!!!

    1. Hi Donna. For the ceiling we just used 4×8 sheets of wood bead board (nailed and glued them to the joists), and then used mdf trim pieces to make the grid on the ceiling. We then sprayed the ceiling and walls with Sherwin Williams’ satin in white (no tint). It turned out so beautiful! Thanks for commenting!

  7. Thanks for the great tutorial! I was wondering what brand/type of joint compound you used? I saw the link to one product but noticed that the lid on the product you used is a different color. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Molly. Thanks so much for commenting. To be honest, my contractor had a 5 gallon bucket of joint compound at the house that we were remodeling, and I just grabbed it and started using it. I never looked at the brand/type that I used. But, really, any joint compound on the market should work great. Just be sure to seal it in with something; either a white wash or matte polycrylic. Let me know how it goes! I would love to see a before and after pic! Have fun.

  8. Wow! I am just blown away by how beautiful your brick wall is! I have been looking for a step by step tutorial for years and could never find exactly what I was looking for until now. And I love that you used inexpensive materials that anyone can find. We aren’t super handy but I think that we can do this! I will be sure to send you a before and after photo!

    1. I’m so glad you commented! It is so incredibly simple to do. Go for it! I would love to see your before and after photos. We are getting ready to remodel another home, and I’m contemplating doing it again on this new project because I love how the first wall turned out so much. Please let me know if you have any more questions. I’m happy to help.

  9. Obsessed!!!
    How did you make holes for the lights? You made holes after the whole wall was complete? What did you use to cut out the circle?

    1. Hi MaryAnn. I’m so glad you like it! Yes, we made the holes after the whole wall was completed. We just used a hole saw to make the holes for the lights. If you Google “hole saw”, it will show you images and places where you can buy them 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

      1. Thank you! How far would you say the joint compound went? Did you buy the 12lb and use it all? I have a 16’x8’ wall and another 8’x8’ I want to do… Any suggestions? Thanks again for helping us all out!

        1. Hey Ashley. My answers are kind of terrible because I started blogging after this house flip was over, and so I didn’t take as good of notes on these details as I should have. However, I can tell you that for my wall (I think I used somewhere around 5 4’x8′ sheets of brick paneling-which would be pretty close to the surface area of your walls), I used about half (or more) of a five gallon bucket of my contractor’s drywall mud. I literally didn’t even look at the brand name of the compound or anything (you can see the 5 gallon bucket in the pictures). This is all going to be relative too, as it will depend on how thick/thin you put it on your walls. I’m so sorry if this is no help. Thankfully joint compound is rather inexpensive, so I would error on the side of having too much purchased vs. not having enough. There’s nothing more frustrating to me than getting to the end of the project and running out of materials. I would definitely go for the 5 gallon bucket to be safe.

        2. I tried this in my kitchen on a wall that used 2 faux brick panels (wall is a little less than 8×8 and has cabinet and counter cutouts). I used the Dap Joint Compound that was linked above and one 12 lb bucket lasted my whole wall. I applied the polycrylic that is also linked in this tutorial (Minwax Clear Satin) with a paint brush and it did alter the bricks a bit, it removed some of the joint compound. I’m okay with the color that ended up coming through more, except it made the seam more visible. So I’ll have to go back over it with something. I added some paint to the faux brick panels before doing the joint compound to give my brick some variation in colors and not all red. Also, based on other tutorials I first attempted to cut the board with a hand saw and it did NOT work well for me! I had to have someone with a jigsaw cut it.

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