Nothing says city style like a cool, exposed brick wall… but bringing in real brick for this nursery makeover just wasn’t an option! We decided adding faux bring paneling was the best option! This is a great project if you want to add some character and style to your home without spending a lot of money.
How to Create a Faux Brick Wall
Lowe’s and Home Depot both sell faux brick panels for about $15-$25. I’ll be honest, they’re crazy ugly when you get them- they need some paint STAT! But, they’re affordable and look awesome when they’re finished.
1. Measure your wall space to determine how many panels you’ll need. Each brick panel comes in a 4×8 sheet. They’re usually in the lumber section near paneling.
2. Paint the brick to your desired color. These panels often get overlooked because they have a super-outdated red, brick finish, but they can easily be changed with regular, old wall paint! We chose to roll our panels with a base coat of white, and then add a fun pop of color with aqua spraypaint over top. If you want a rustic look, go for uneven coverage, letting some of the white show through. If you’re going for sleek and modern, go for full coverage with your spray paint.
3. Create a template that includes any special cuts (like outlets, light switches or pitched ceiling lines) you’ll need to make before installing the panels. We just used leftover cardboard that we placed on the wall, traced the line of the ceiling with a marker, and cut using a straight-edge razor. Using your template as a guide, make cuts on the panels as needed with a jigsaw.
4. Place painted panels on the wall and nail into place using a nail gun, or a hammer and nails. Caulk any seams or spaces along the wall and ceiling for a finished look. Easy peasy!
There you have it- you just added instant character and interest to your room without ever having to lift a brick! 😉
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There were so many fun projects in this room!