Maybe because half the year has whizzed by and I promised myself a few room makeovers, I thought it was a good idea to focus on my bedroom again.
I’ve finally figured out what to do with my short accent walls. You may remember I painted over the dated floral wallpaper. I’m in love with the crisp white but I decided brick texture would add some extra oomph…. and it does!
Today I’m sharing how to create an easy DIY Faux Brick Wall. This is a perfect solution for anyone wanting a brick-look without buying costly panels or fussing with wallpaper. This DIY is inexpensive, light, removable AND reusable! A big thanks to the Sorry Girls for this brilliant idea. I’ve added my own twist on their DIY but I’ve included the YouTube tutorial at the end of this post if you’re interested in watching.
I only finished this one portion of the wall and I still have to go buy proper adhesives, but I figured I’d share the how-to today, and the full bedroom when it’s all done.
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DIY FAUX BRICK WALL::
Step #1 – Measure And Prep Foam Sheets
I only bought one 4×8 DuroFoam Sheet to see if I like the look but this week I’ll be heading back to pick up the other 3 I need to complete the project. These 4×8 foot Durofoam sheets are awkward so if you have a smaller vehicle, Home Depot can cut them in half for easy transportation. I didn’t have any problem fitting it into my SUV, but I must have looked comical walking through the Home Depot parking lot. The wind kept catching the sheet and I must have been approached by half a dozen people asking if I needed a hand. Gotta love the kindness of Home Depot patrons.
Once I got the sheet home, I made a clean cut down the center with a utility knife (a new blade is helpful!) and then removed the silver lining so I was left with the white styrofoam. It pulls up nice and easy.
Step #2 – Template | Draw Brick Guides
I had some old pieces of Versatek board that I used as my brick template. I used a 9-inch x 4-foot long piece to draw my horizontal lines. And then this 9″ x 3.5″ template for the brick pattern. Tip: Draw a center line in your brick template so you can mark the row above. This way it’s super easy to line up the next row. Also, when using multiple sheets of the DuroFoam, line up the sheets while drawing your guides so they all look authentic when placed on the wall.
Step #3 – Grout Lines
This step was fascinating! I lined up my long template board and used this wood burning kit to melt the styrofoam (easy as a hot knife through butter!) and create my brick grout lines. Once all my grout lines were made, I added nicks and textures throughout the brick with the tip of the burner. Then I labeled the boards (top right & top left) so I could easily fit them back together. Note: Wear a heavy duty mask and work outdoors when melting this stuff! SAFETY first!
Step #4 – Spackle to Create Texture
Once my brick pattern was complete, I could have painted and called it a day but I decided to add DryDex Spackle to random areas for a more authentic look. This step is optional and does add a little more weight to the panel.
Step #5 – Paint
Once the Drydex turns white, then its 100% dry and ready to paint. I used a roller for the top of the brick and a brush to get into the grout lines. While I was rolling, some bits and pieces of the spackle did come off but it’s not a big deal.
Step #6 – Hang
I used Command 3M 9lb adhesive tabs to hang the sheets. I’m not happy with the way it’s hanging. One corner started coming off already. When I go buy the rest of the sheets I’ll grab some 12 or 16lb adhesives and let you know if that works any better.
Advantages of Temporary DIY Faux Brick Wall
Removable and Temporary
ReUsable in Any Room
Paintable in ANY color/Finish
Adds Extra Insulation
Looks REALLY good… here are some close-ups!
A brick wall is a beautiful way to add character to any room and this DIY faux brick version is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to commit to a forever brick or damage walls in the process. Ideal for renters – or if you’re like me, anyone who can’t commit to a decor style and will probably be changing it up down the road anyway. 😉
Now I’m off to Home Depot to pick up the rest of my ‘brick’ and proper 3M’s. Once the walls are finished, I still have to hang my thrift art and put some finishing touches on this room – and then I’m calling it F.I.N.I.T.O!
For all of you celebrating a Canada Day long weekend or July 4th – have a good one my friends. XO
I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS DIY FAUX BRICK WALL. IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.