Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Faux Brick wall ($100 Room Challenge)

When I was brainstorming on what to do with our room, I knew I wanted to do something with the wall directly behind our bed. I actually hit pinterest for a few ideas and then walked through the aisles of Home Depot for a bit of inspiration. I contemplated a pallet wood wall or ship lap, but wasn't sold on either idea 100%. 

I really liked this pallet wood looking panel in the above left picture, but was really hoping for a brighter look in our room. And, the beadboard look is always amazing, but I wanted something slightly different. Plus, I plan to use beadboard (my friend and I found in a construction sites' dumpster) as my backsplash in the kitchen. 
I absolutely love Sawdust 2 Stitches wall they created in their space, and wanted mine to be similar. So, I opted to go with the faux brick paneling.
My sweet six year old took a trip to Home Depot with me and picked out 3 panels of our brick paneling. We had a time trying to get them to fit into our van, but we made it work. 
I am thankful for a table saw because it made cutting the panels much easier. We definitely figured out quickly that these panels are not completely square around the edges, so if you plan to do this don't let that be alarming. I solved that problem by an easy fix later in the process. 
Thankfully, there was only one hole we had to jigsaw out for the outlet in the center panel. A good dose of liquid nails (found in my husband's stash) and a few finish nails into the studs was the perfect way to attach the panels to the wall. We used the board to keep the center one in place while we positioned the other two panels trying to match up the brick rows, etc. 

I let the wall dry overnight before tackling my "german shmear technique." I did have to add a few more finishing nails to the middle panel the following morning because it seemed to be not as secure around the left side because of the stud placement.
I bought a 12 pound bucket of All purpose Joint compound from Walmart for $5.48. I set to work filling the seams of the panels first allowing them a chance to dry overnight before covering the rest of the panels. 

The following morning, I set to work covering the remainder of the wall. I loved the fact that there is not right or wrong way in doing this process. You can slap on as much as you desire, scrape off if too much, and sand to get the look you desire.
Remember the problem I mentioned about the edges not being perfectly square? I just slapped some joint compound all around the edges to cover the glaring gapes. 
This was the end result of the initial covering. The right side was still very wet, thus the reason it looks different. I let the wall dry overnight again, before attacking the wall with a bit of sand paper and scraping in spots to get the look I wanted.
I had planned to whitewash the wall after my sanding was complete, but friends, I love it just the way it is! I will seal it with a clear coat,(that I have in my stash) but I am fairly confident that I won't be painting it as I had planned. I am so excited to share pictures of the whole room next week.