|As promised I am going to try and explain how I achieved our faux brick wall finish. We started with two faux brick panels from Lowes. You can read about their install in my DIY Faux Brick Wall Part 1 post.|
|Here on the left is what the panel originally looked like and the right is what I am going to attempt to try and tell you how to achieve.|
Supplies I used:
Faux Brick Wall Panels- Lowes
Artist Paint brushes- you can find inexpensive packs of them at your local craft stores.
Paper Towels- Several Rolls of thick paper towels. I went thru two and half rolls.
Squirt Bottle of Water
Dap Joint Compound- Lowes
Ready To Use Grout- Lowes
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint- Robyn Story Designs
Miss Mustardseed Furniture Wax & Antiquing Wax- Robyn Story Designs
Once you have your paint supplies and joint compound I highly suggest you make a few sample boards before starting on your actual wall. Take note of which colors you use and how you placed them on the bricks. This will allow you to get a hang of the technique and decide on just the right color combination. I made three different sample boards. Your sample board will also allow you ease when choosing a grout color in store.
Before you get started take note that you want to work the wall in sections. DO NOT attempt to do the entire wall all at once unless you know for a fact that you will be able to complete your entire wall from start to finish the same day. Trust me when I say this is not possible! My tip is to take pictures along the way after you add your paint layers. This way you can look back at the pattern you started with and can continue on with it with the next section. Hopefully this will make sense after you read the steps.
|This is what you will be seeing as you scrap away the excess. Scrap over the top of all the grout and around all of the bricks unless you want some of your brick still covered up. That is a personal choice.|
|I chose to scrap around every brick. It highlighted the bricks more.|
|After many hours of work and knuckle scraping you will step back with a sigh of relief realizing that you actually did make a cheap faux brick paneled wall look like a million bucks. Pat your self on the back and maybe even jump for joy!;) You can see more of this space in my Faux Brick Wall Reveal Post.|
|I hope that I explained things clearly enough? If you have any questions I will try my best answer them. I wish I had some better pictures but again I was working late at night into the wee morning and a lot of times pictures were an after thought. As far as cost for this project if I did not already own a lot of the supplies I estimate the cost being around $360 with purchasing full quarts of chalk paint but having a ton left over for future projects. Since I owned all the paint and wax already my cost came out at around $110. A real brick wall for this space was just over $800 and that was just for the brick pavers and no other supplies. Mind you if I had it in the budget I would have rather used true bricks but you honestly can not tell the fauxed brick panels are not real brick unless you rub your hand across one of the bricks. I am truly amazed out how it all came together and trust me Mr. Front Porch will tell you I am very picky gal.|
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