I’ve been a DIY’er for several years…
and a blogger for…well, not nearly that long, so I have more projects than I do posts about those projects. I thought I would take advantage of #throwbackthursday and share with you something that I’ve done a few times and it’s one of my favorite DIY projects to do! Turning a boring wall into a gorgeous statement piece by using joint compound. I hope you’ll find this DIY faux brick wall tutorial informative!
For our first DIY Faux brick wall,
we used brick panels that we purchased at Lowe’s. I still love our walls of brick panels, (we have 3 of them), but I wanted to try this process using joint compound because it looked like fun. And it is! If you follow me over on Instagram @somethingpaintedwhite, you may have seen this process because I’ve done it a few times and I love to share my DIY’s in stories.
DIY Faux Brick Wall Using Joint Compound.
The first time I saw this process
I was blown away and knew I had to try it. It’s really quite easy…just a bit time-consuming. I’ll do my best to walk you through the process so that, if you love brick like I do, but don’t have any in your home…you can make your own. (you’re welcome!)
The supplies you’ll need are as follows:
pencil or pen
template for brick size
and Ibuprofen!!! (The backsplash in my kitchen is the first place I did this process on and I didn’t realize what predicaments I would have to get into when drawing lines and taping, hence the ibuprofen!)
As this DIY faux brick wall technique
is being done on the backsplash in our kitchen, the first thing we did was remove the 4-inch granite backsplash. I wanted my brick to start right at the countertop. Once the granite backsplash was removed I cleaned the wall to make sure it was free of dirt and grime!
I knew that I wanted my bricks to match the bricks on my open shelving wall, which are actually brick panels, so I made sure to use those same measurements. This is why I call out 1/2 inch blue painter’s tape. Some folks have used regular masking tape but that is too wide for the size grout lines that I needed. I was only able to find the 1/2 inch tape on Amazon so I got a 6 pack of it. 🙂 My level is the exact width that I wanted the bricks to be which worked out in my favor because I could just use my level to make all my marks.
This step is important!
Draw the lines on the wall that you will put the tape on, these lines will become your grout lines. Draw your line using a level so that you know your line is straight. THEN place your blue tape ABOVE (but touching, that line).
You cannot draw all the lines at once,
or your bricks will end up being smaller than you planned. (Unless of course your level is much wider than mine.) With that first strip of blue tape on the wall, you now lay your level at the top edge of that tape, draw your line at the top edge of your level, and repeat the taping process. Then you just repeat this process all the way up as far as you want your brick to go. Be sure to allow the tape to extend past where the brick will end so that you have something to grab when it’s time to remove the tape.
Now that you have all of your horizontal lines finished,
it’s time for the vertical lines! This process is similar in that you do one line, then tape it, and then measure for the next one. For a template, I used a scrap piece of 2×4 that we cut to the exact length we wanted our bricks to be. These short vertical strips I just tore and made sure that they laid on top of the horizontal tape above and below it!
Now for the really fun part!
The joint compound. You guys this is really super easy. If you can frost a cake, you can do this! The only difference is, you’re frosting a wall! I wanted my bricks to be thick enough to look like bricks…so I was generous with the joint compound and therefore did not have to worry about it drying before it was time to remove the tape. You’ve got time so don’t sweat it. I tried to keep my joint compound about 1/4 inch thick.
Using your spackle knife
(mine is a 4 inch and it was a good size for me) just glob some on the wall and start smearing it around. Remember that bricks are not actually smooth, they have texture and divets and lots of character, so don’t feel like you have to make it perfectly smooth, it’s actually the opposite! Depending on the size of your wall, you can just do the entire wall before you need to remove the tape. But if you’re doing more than one wall, I suggest doing the joint compound on one wall at a time!
I know I said step 4 was fun,
and it is! But in my opinion, this part is even FUNNER!!!!
Time to take off the tape!
Prepare to get messy,
because you can’t do this step without getting your hands very messy. The beauty of it is that joint compound washes away so easily with just water! For this step, you should have a good size bucket or trash can that you can throw all the tape in. Put a plastic bag in it for easy clean up. You might also keep some paper towels handy to wipe off your hands when it starts to get thick. See how fun this sounds? Sure wish I had a picture of this part of the process but my hands were messy! 🙂
I typically start at the top,
but I don’t think it really matters. However, you do need to start at the end or corner of your wall where you can see the blue tape.
Then just start peeling it off!
Don’t worry if small sections come off and then slap against the wall…it just adds character. 🙂 A lot of your vertical pieces will come off with the horizontal strips but some may not so you’ll need to double-check when you’re all done removing the tape to make sure you’ve got all the strips.
Once all the tape is off,
you can start cleaning up because you’ve got at least 24 hours (depending on your climate) before you can do anything else to that wall. Make sure the kids and dogs don’t touch it and allow it to get good and dry.
Well folks that’s it for this part of the process.
I’ll be back next week to show you the 3 different methods I’ve used for painting and finishing my faux brick walls using joint compound.
I hope you try this project somewhere and if you do, be sure to let me know. Head over to Instagram @somethingpaintedwhite and tag me there so I can share your faux brick wall in my stories!