Transform a plain wall into a brick one that will LOOK and FEEL like old brick!
First, I painted the wall with a shade of gray paint. Any sheen is fine, as long as the color is similar to grout. A quick coat of paint is all you need.
BASE COAT – First, I painted the wall with a shade of gray paint. Any sheen is fine, as long as the color is similar to grout. A quick coat of paint is all you need.
TAPING – Next, using a level, pencil, and several rolls of painter’s tape, I gridded off a brick design. The “bricks” measured 4 inches x 8 inches. I didn’t worry too much about precision, because old brick walls (especially in historic homes) are quite irregular. I didn’t worry about pencil marks, either, because the finished product is so layered, they won’t show.
STUCCO – Once I had finished taping, I applied pre-mixed drywall compound to the wall with spreaders. I was going for an old, rustic look, so the messier the better. Some bricks I made thicker than others.
TAPE REMOVAL – As far as tape removal goes, you can wait until the compound is completely dry or you can remove the tape while it is still damp. You’re talking to a person here that opens and re-wraps Christmas presents to myself so no-one will suspect I checked them out, so of course I didn’t let the stucco dry! I removed the tape immediately! This is the point at which you will see how beautiful the wall is becoming.
SPONGING – After I removed the tape, I then dampened a sea sponge and stippled more drywall compound onto the wall, especially onto many of the grout lines. This helped to soften the rigidity of the grid lines and to give the wall even more texture. I even created some lumpy areas to mimic authentic, old crumbling walls.
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