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Intro by Robin Steps by Ed
Our DIY faux brick walls look so real! They give our basement pub the exact distressed exposed brick look we were going for – and was really cheap to achieve.
They look like they’ve been there for decades and give exactly the rustic aged charm and character we were looking for in our basement wet bar area.
But do you remember our plan for our basement pub and hobby room?
This crumbling, aged plaster brick wall treatment was not what we planned. Originally we were going to do a real brick wall.
So why the change?
Well, it’s the same answer to lots of questions about things in 2020. A little thing called a global pandemic.
With staying a home being mandatory for safety we were not willing to risk driving the hours necessary to pick up the brick tile we found a great deal on. And we weren’t willing to pay the price of the only ones we could get locally.
We were stuck.
We considered using the same faux brick method we did in our basement Guest Room Library – you can see how to make brick paneling look real in that room. We also did the same treatment on a faux pillar that’s part of our DIY media cabinet.
But I had my heart set on the Chicago brick red colour. I wanted that character and warmth in this room.
I poked around on Pinterest looking for a different kind of wall treatment that would work. It didn’t look promising, unitl I stumbled upon these…
Faux Brick Wall Inspiration Photos:
Note: both of these happen to be wallpaper murals if that’s more your speed – just know that they won’t have the physical texture of our method.
Brick? Check! Warmth? Check! Character? Check!
I showed these photos to Ed and he said, “I’ve got ideas. Leave it with me. I’m going to try something. If you hate it we can take it down.”
He scurried off and happily worked away in the basement. And I fretted constantly hoping I would love it and not need to break his will to DIY.
I didn’t love it…at first. I stared at it for days and it didn’t sit right for me. I didn’t know what to say to him.
But then we figured out what exactly the problem was and how to make the panels of fake brick look real – it was so simple! (Hint: it’s the grout lines.) And you’ll see that in Step 7 below. So without further ado we present to you our DIY Faux Brick Wall with Plaster!
This DIY Faux Brick Wall Treatment was cheap! Here’s the cost:
This project was $20 all in for us. We used scrap materials – so we really just bought drywall compound.
If you needed to buy the supplies, here are the approximate costs:
- Off cut pieces from a faux brick panel (maybe $30 worth if you had to buy material)
- Mortar mix – 1 bag of whatever is cheap and will let you feather a thin edge ($7)
- Drywall compound (lots) $20
- Other material to fill in around brick (optional, but saves on the drywall mudding) ($15-20)
- Misc. nails, construction adhesive ($10)
Total: $87 for a large faux brick accent wall
DIY Faux Brick Wall with Plaster Treatment
- Faux Brick Wall Inspiration Photos:
- But then we figured out what exactly the problem was and how to make the panels of fake brick look real – it was so simple! (Hint: it’s the grout lines.) And you’ll see that in Step 7 below. So without further ado we present to you our DIY Faux Brick Wall with Plaster!
- This DIY Faux Brick Wall Treatment was cheap! Here’s the cost:
- DIY Faux Brick Wall How to Steps:
- Step 1: Arrange Your Faux Brick Panel Pieces
- Step 2: Fill in Gaps with MDF Filler Pieces
- Step 3: Tape Your Seams
- Step 4: Cover Gaps with Skim Coat Cement
- Step 5: Apply Drywall Compound Around Brick Paneling
- Step 6: Smooth and blend to the Rest of the Walls.
- Step 7: THE KEY of How to Make Fake Brick Look Real
- And Your DIY Faux Brick Wall is done – and it looks so real!
- You can find all of our Basement Wet Bar projects here:
- best Faux Brick panels offcuts (Or whole panels, cut into smaller sections)
- 1/4″ MDF material (similar thickness to Faux Brick panel)
- Construction adhesive
- nails or screws
- Drywall tape/joint mesh
- Skim coat Cement (or any mortar you can feather to an edge)
- Drywall compound
- various drywalling blades to suit your artistic temperament
Monday 18th of April 2022
Did you seal the whole wall after you were done? Has it flaked off at all?
Friday 22nd of April 2022
Hi Heidi. Nothing has flaked off at all! No, we didn't seal it. We may still. If we do we will use this product: https://amzn.to/3v4yk2B
Tuesday 24th of November 2020
I have seen others use the brick paneling and do similar treatments but to me they still looked fake. Yours is the first where I was really impressed to the point of considering where I could do this in my own house. This is big because I have a huge brick fireplace I’d love to rip out! I think it’s the mortar on the joints that makes all the difference! Genius! I LOVE your bar area and the name of your brewery is awesome!
Tuesday 1st of December 2020
Oh, Giselle! Thanks so so much for your very kind comment! :)
Monday 23rd of November 2020
Love it!! Very clever.
Tuesday 1st of December 2020
Thanks, Elpitha! We love it too! :)
Friday 20th of November 2020
why did you do the mortar after you did the other steps? wouldn't it have been better to do it before you put all the other applications on? i think the wall looks great! I'm doing a faux wall in our lower level bathroom. i think I'll do this method. but if you could answer that question, i'd appreciate it! thank you! well done!
Tuesday 1st of December 2020
Hi Simone! You're right - it would be best to do the mortar step first. We didn't because of the way this project evolved - we didn't realize how much the grout dragged the whole visual down. :)