There is no doubt that brick is a beautiful building material. It has a natural, timeless, and elegant appeal which is hard to find in other building materials. Whether building a new home, or redecorating an old one, you can be sure that integrating brick into your home design will not let you down.
With the many different colors bricks come in, you are bound to find something to suit the colors of your home. The natural color variations bricks have means that no two walls will ever look the same. Using bricks of different shades can create striking patterns for extra appeal.
It’s important to bear in mind however that working with brick does require a good amount of labor. Brick can get heavy and is tiresome to work with, especially when it’s a big job. Hence to do it yourself, it takes lots of time and energy, and to hire a professional it will cost you way extra. So what is the solution? The solution is faux brick.
Faux brick looks like real brick, except it’s not. There is no need to go out and buy individual bricks and stack them, one by one, on top of one another using mortar. Instead you can create a wall with faux brick. Faux brick allows you to achieve exactly the same look of real brick, but with a fraction of the effort and cost.
The good thing about faux brick is that it can be used both indoors and outdoors for residential or commercial buildings. It can even be used as faux brick siding. It also works great with chimney chases, kitchen islands, window trims, foundation skirts, store fronts, lofts, fireplaces, porch pillars and decorative walls.
A faux brick wall can be created in two different ways. One is by faux brick painting. It’s a quick and easy weekend project. All you need to do is paint your wall a gray color, or any other color to look like mortar, and let it dry. Then, measure and mark the surface into 3” x 8” sized bricks with chalk. Mask the lines and press the tape down firmly.
Afterwards, mix stucco with a little amount of latex brick base color. Spread the mixture over the surface so it’s ¼” thick. Take a sea sponge and randomly pat the surface to create a brick-like surface. Within fifteen minutes, remove the tape. After twelve hours, once the mixture is dry, dip a sponge into the brick colors you have chosen and dab onto the faux bricks. Try to blend different colors for a natural effect. Let dry and there you have your faux brick wall.
Another way to create a faux brick wall is by using faux brick veneer. They are manufactured to look like real brick and can be found in the form of faux brick panels. It is around ¾” thick and is lightweight. They comes in various sizes, colors and textures. Since it is mass produced, it does not cost much at all.
This sort of faux brick is installed like tiles. Glue is applied to the backside of the faux brick paneling and placed on the flat surface. To fix the panel in place, screws are set in the corners. Continue to apply the other panels in the same way, connecting them together. Once you have finished applying the faux brick, caulk all the seams with a grout of a matching color. Allow to dry.