I love, love accent walls. In our last house I had a wood panel wall and a stenciled wall, but in this house I wanted to try something different. I see houses with amazing exposed brick walls and love them, but unfortunately, our house is a basic builder grade Arizona track home…no brick. So, I read pretty much every tutorial on faux brick panels I could find on Pinterest and decided to go for it. There are great tutorials out there so I won’t step by step, but I thought I’d give a few tips and tricks to help anyone who might want to tackle it.
HIDING YOUR SEAMS
My biggest hesitation was that it would be obviously faux brick panels with seams in between. To avoid this, we used a jig saw to notch out every other brick along the edge so that the 3 panels would fit together like a puzzle. We laid the entire thing out on the driveway cut down to the exact size of our opening. Using a nail gun, my husband attached it to the wall and then we filled in the cracks between panels with grout. We also ended up caulking the space around the very edge of the whole wall because our opening wasn’t exactly square and we didn’t want a gap.
PAINT, PAINT AND MORE PAINT
This is the part that took me a long time and was very tedious. I started by white washing the whole wall in order to decrease the amount of red tone – I wanted more grays than reds. Then, we went back and painted all of the grout between each brick white. Next, I used two different gray paint colors (listed below), with some white and black to paint the bricks in different shades. I was constantly rubbing off some paint while still wet, so that they weren’t too solid. It was basically a lot of trial and error, painting and wiping off and painting some more. The last step was dry brushing white paint over all of the bricks for some texture and to give it a finished “weathered” look. It’s definitely not a formula…more of an experiment.
WHAT I LEARNED:
- measure, measure, measure (this tip is from my husband) – don’t make a cut until you’re certain your measurements are correct
- work in small sections – it is much easier to wipe off paint before its completely dry and get the look you want. I worked on about six bricks at a time before I moved on to the next section
- you can’t really mess it up! if the paint dried and got brighter than I wanted, I could use a fine sanding block to go back a step and start over. Just keep going until you achieve the look you want.
TOOLS USED: jig saw, brad nailer, brushes, paint, grout, rags, white caulk (around the very edge)
PAINT COLORS USED: I can’t find the actual names of the grays…and they aren’t on the cans, but these are the two grays I used –
INSPIRATION FROM OTHER BLOGS: My Desert Cottage, From My Front Porch To Yours
SOURCES: Industrial rolling cart purchased from One Red Buffalo at Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market (Scottsdale AZ, May 6-8), Woven Baskets from World Market, Brick Panels and paint from Home Depot