There are many times when you may want to create a faux brick wall. It’s a feature that can look great in any room of the house. However, in many cases you don’t want a wall that looks fantastic and new, you want to make it look aged. This helps it to become more of a feature and can often give the space the right vibe.
Fortunately, this is easier to achieve than you may think. You should note this process is for a faux brick wall. If you have a genuine brick wall you’ll want the specialist in brick repointing, they can transform your wall into something that looks brand new or ancient!
Get The Bricks Right
Faux brick walls are made up of wooden panels which you fasten to the wall in your chosen room. You can fasten them with glue or a nail gun. However, if you want to get the look right it is essential that you line the bricks up from panel to panel perfectly. Take your time getting this part right.
You don’t need to worry about the join lines, as long as the boards are butted against each other. Aging the wall will take care of this.
The Aging Process
This part should actually be fun! You’ll need a spackle and some paint. Mix a little spackle with grey or black paint until you get a color you think you like. Then, using a sponge smear it across the faux bricks.
However, at this stage, you should be trying the process out on a space piece of brick paneling. This gives you time to practice and find the colors you like. There is no right or wrong color.
You should use a putty knife to spread the spackle mixture and then wipe off excess with another sponge.
The secret to getting an aged wall is to use several different colors, which means several spackle and paint mixes. After all, an old wall does not age with the same coloration across the entire surface!
Practice for as long as you like, don’t be afraid to mix up the sponges and even start all over again. It’s fun and you’ll soon find the colorations and techniques that work for you.
At this stage, you are ready to tackle the faux brick wall in your room.
Don’t forget to cover the floor and other items that may get paint and spackle on them.
You can now go to town on your wall! Of course, it is still worth starting on an area that will be covered by furniture, if you have any. This will help build your confidence in your technique and chosen colors.
Take your time applying the mixture and pay particular attention to the grout lines, you don’t want any of them to be gleaming white!
Once you’re done give it a final wipe over with a sponge and step back, wait for it to dry, and admire!