How to Create a Faux Brick Wall

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Faux brick wall is an effective and easy way to add life, color and an aesthetic appeal to your home's exterior or interior. Many use lightweight materials like brick veneer or thin bricks for their faux brick walls, and those who live in apartment buildings or lofts use faux brick finishing as an alternative for the creation of rugged, rustic and solid look of bricks in their homes. Various materials and techniques can be used to create faux brick walls, and all require different amounts of time, money and effort. However, creating a basic kind of faux brick wall is moderately easy, and you can follow the simple steps below to do this project yourself.

Tools and Materials

  • Primer
  • ½-inch Tape
  • Joint compound
  • Trowel
  • Sponge
  • Stipple Brush
  • Red and Brown Glaze 
  • Gray Glaze

Step 1: Decide on your Requirement

The key to any faux brick wall is a diversified combination of colors and textures which gives it a real impression and for this purpose; you have various options open to you. You can use sponge bricks to attain a bricklike texture on an existing wall. To add a tint of dimension and a physical texture, you can use dimensional bricks painted with a fireproof substance. Completely false walls can also be created (like for theatrical performances, party decorations or a child’s playroom) out of foam insulation sheets.

Step 2: Prepare your Wall

Once the look you want in terms of the texture and color, have been decided, the next step is to start preparing your wall. Apply the primer and let it dry completely before proceeding forward.  Then apply ½-inch tape to 4x8-inch squares.

Step 3: Apply Joint Compound and Formulate the Texture

Once Step 2 is complete, apply joint compound using a trowel and see to it that all areas on the wall are thoroughly covered. Using a sponge and stipple brush create various brick like textures throughout your wall but do so before the joint compound dries out. In order to maintain the brick like look see to it that you don’t create symmetry or uniformity in the texture formation for an irregular pattern would look more like real brickwork.

Step 4: Apply Tinted Glaze (Red and Brown)

 To give your wall the typical, rich brick color apply a mix of tinted glaze (red and brown) and apply it to the wall after your joint compound is dry. Again, see to it that not too much uniformity is maintained for a somewhat irregular/varied color would go in line with the aura of bricks in general. However, too much difference would also hurt the appeal as the bricks would not look subtle or sophisticated. So, try to strike a well differentiated balance between the variation and the similarity in your created bricks.

Step 5: Apply Tinted Glaze (Gray)

Once the mixed red and brown glaze has been applied, use gray glaze to give the effect of grout lines between the fake bricks. However, before you get on with the gray glaze, don’t forget to remove the tape you applied in Step 2.