Exposed brickwork is the epitome of cool city style, but ripping the plaster from your walls to expose natural brick isn’t always a realistic option. A quick and easy way to mimic the character-rich look of exposed brick is to install a faux brick wall. Follow these simple steps to create this stylish look in your own home.
Determine the amount of paneling you need
The first stage in your project is to measure your wall. This will tell you how many faux brick panels you’ll need to complete your project. You can pick up enough panels to cover 32 square feet for about $25 from most home improvement retailers. You should also take this opportunity to check that your wall is even. If the surface you plan to work with isn’t level, you should consider installing furring strips to properly prepare the wall.
Choose your favorite color
Standard faux brick panels come in a red brick shade and are essentially ready to fit to your wall straight away. If you want a different color, it’s simple to change the look of the panels with paint. Start with a base coat of matte white emulsion, then add your chosen color of eggshell or satin paint over the top. You can also use gloss or enamel paint depending on the type of finish you’re aiming for.
If the idea of painting your panels is less than appealing, you can skip that step entirely — and save time — by choosing panels that are ready to fit. The Metal Series from Cabot Mosaic Tile is perfect if you’re aiming for an eye-catching modern look. Try the black or silver finishes. If you would prefer a rustic style, take a look at natural stone panels.
Create a template of your wall
Whether you choose to paint your wall panels or go for a ready-made option, the next stage is to create a template of your wall. You can use large sheets of paper or cardboard to do this. Pin the paper or cardboard to the wall where you plan to hang the panels and mark off any special cuts that you’ll need to make.
This will include any power outlets and light switches. If you’re suitably confident — and able to take exact measurements — you can skip the cardboard template in favor of using measuring tape.
Make cuts in the panels
When you’re working with panel-format faux siding, use your measurements or your template to create the required cuts on your panels. Be extra careful during this stage, since being just a few millimeters off can cause significant problems when you fit the panels to the wall.
You can usually use a jigsaw to create the required cuts; although, you might need to use different tile cutting tools depending on the type of panel you choose. Always use safety goggles while you carry out this kind of work.
Put the panels on the wall
The next stage in your project is to fit your faux brick panels to the wall. If you made the cuts correctly, this is the easy bit. Ask a friend to hold the panel in place while you attach it to the wall. You can attach panels using a hammer and nails or with a nail gun. Repeat until all the panels are in place.
If you choose mosaic wall tile from Cabot Mosaic Tile, the fiber mesh resin on the back and edges of the tiles means they will adhere straight to the walls with the use of a grout product.
Add the finishing touches
To complete your project, check the edges of your panels and around any of the cuts you made. Use caulk to fill in any spaces and seams. A latex or painter’s caulk is perfect if you are using painted panels because you can paint over the caulk for a flawless finish. If you use ready-made panels, choose clear silicone caulk.
It’s that simple to change the look of an interior wall with faux brick panels. Why not try this cheap and easy project yourself?