Friday, August 20, 2010

Faux Brick Wall - Faux much fun!

My sons are growing up and we needed to update their room a bit. Brainstorming with my eldest we thought of maybe taking advantage of the fact that they are currently living on the concrete and go with an industrial type feel to their room. We immediately thought of painting a brick wall in their room. A few tutorials on You Tube and promise from a friend later, we started.

First, I painted the walls a grey. This was the undercoat which would eventually show up as the grout. While only one wall would get the brick treatment, painting the rest of the room the same color lended itself to both the industrial look and tied the brick wall into the rest of the room.

Next my dear friend helped me figure out how to put up some paint tape up. (I used the "Scotch Delicate Surface" since I had painted the grey only two days before) It was trial and error. We thought using a laser level would work just fine in getting the horizontal rows even. The wall was so crooked, that the laser didn't go down the whole length of the wall. We ended up finding one point on the wall that was pretty even and we used the laser level for one horizontal line and measured everything else off of that.

Next we tore the paint tape lengthwise so one side was a little bumpy. We tore a LOT of tape. We put the bumpy side up and measured off the straight side for all measurements.

We used a piece of cardboard about the size of a brick to measure where each of the across pieces would go. We started every other row with 1/2 of that cardboard to simulate 1/2 a brick. That creates the stagger effect of real bricks. That part worked well.

Next I went over all the lines with a spatula to ensure it sealed well. After all, why would you go to all that trouble only to have the paint leak under the tape.

Then I took a sponge and three colors I liked for the brick. I put each color of paint in a paper plate. I primarily used the red and used the other two colors for accent colors. This part was a lot of fun. (see my comments below for the actual colors used in this project)

After I was done painting, I pulled off the tape. You don't want to wait until everything is completely hard-rock dry. Go ahead and take it off right after you finish sponge painting. This will ensure that the tape doesn't tear off some of the paint that you want to keep on the bricks.

After I caught my breath, I did some work on the individual bricks including adding shadow to each brick. Add a line of dark brown paint to the right and bottom of each brick and smudge it into the grout. This is where the wall came to life.

More faux looks were adding some white paint with a sock and then rubbing off most of it. Adding paint splatter and paint drips with white paint. I mixed some grey paint with brown paint to make "dirt" and rubbed it lightly on spots on the grout to add age. You can get real creative here. I'm thinking about making some rust stains and algae on some of the bricks.

My boys are thrilled so I'm happy.


Lisae said...

Wow, the wall looks great! I dont have that kind of patience (I used brick face for my kitchen) - but you did a beautiful job!

Frazzled Mom said...

Thanks Lisae! I had help as you can see. I'd still be putting up the tape if my friend hadn't lent a hand.

Anonymous said...

Your wall looks great! Question..Did you mix the three colors together, or place them each on individual plates..Also, do you remember the colors you used?

Thank you,

Frazzled Mom said...

Thanks for your question Larry. I placed the colors on individual plates. I actually used some leftover paint sample cans I had in the garage (quart size)and they are all Pratt and Lambert colors. One was a bittersweet brown color called "Earth Tone". One was a Dark Red called "Maroon Rust". The other was a peachy color called "Hayseed". As of this date, you can still see them on the Pratt and Lambert Color Visualizer on their website click "Launch Color Visualizer" on the left side of the page. Choose "Explore Our Colors" and type in the names above in the "quick search". Hope that helps.

Lindylou said...

I LOVE this brick wall! It is beautiful!

Leonor G Arango said...

Very nice

Yvonne Maidlow said...

What size tape did u use for the lines?

Frazzled Mom said...

Yvonne - that was too many years ago to remember. I barely remember last week! Looking at the pictures, it looks like the 1.88" (almost 2" wide") one.


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