|First I made a template for the arch with just tape and plain printer paper.|
|Next up I brought in my faux brick panels that I purchased from Lowes last week. They cost $26 a piece and are on the heavier side because of their size so it would have been helpful to have had Mr. Front Porch with me but I managed. I thankfully only needed two because I would not have been able to fit anymore than that in my SUV. I had to drive home with the lift gate open!:)|
|After taking the measurements I used a red sharpie to draw out the outline of the template.|
|Mr. Front Porch cut out the templates with just a jigsaw. It was fairly easy to do with my helping to hold the panels in place. For the top of the arch I had to draw on the actual brick side so I used a chalk pencil.|
|The first panel went up really fast. The second not so much but that was ok. It was an easy fix. Just meant a little trimming here and there. I attached the panels to the wall with dry wall screws.|
|To help make the brick pattern flow Mr. Front Porch cut around the bricks in the center of the arch so we would not end up with any half bricks. There is a slight gap but that is ok because I will be adding grout to all the "grout"lines.|
|I am so thrilled to have the panels up and thankful that Mr. Front Porch agreed to help me when he could have been watching football instead. I think I will keep him around!;) Mr. Front Porch is sorda scared with how dark the "brick" is now but I keep telling him to just trust me.|
Now I am in the process of figuring out the finishing process. I know I will be grouting the grout lines. Along with painting the bricks I am also wanting to add texture to make the faux bricks look more realistic. They have a little texture but not quite enough. Stay tuned for sample boards later this week.
I have received several questions about what the faux brick panels are called so I have linked back to the Lowes website for those wanting to see.
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Between Naps On The Porch
A Stroll Thru Life
My Uncommon Suburbia
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French Country Cottage