My guest bedroom has needed some work for a while!! The wall color has been screaming at me to paint over it for a few years now, but I had just never gotten around to it making it happen. A few weeks ago I was at Menard’s and I used the Pittsburgh Paint and Stain Digital Inspiration Studio to FINALLY start on this project. (Find out How to Choose the Perfect Paint Color, HERE.) I don’t know what took me so long.
Here’s the room before I started…
I really wanted to give the wall behind the bed some texture. I walked the aisles of the hardware store for some inspiration and came up with a few options, but ultimately decided on a faux brick. My biggest fear with the “faux” part of this project, is that….well, it would look faux. I’ve wanted to add brick to an area of my house for a while now and this seemed like the perfect space to give it a try.
I will say, I’m so happy at how it turned out and honestly you can’t tell it’s not real deal. 😉
In my opinion, the cuts are the most important part of this project. When I cut the panels I made sure all the cuts were on grout lines. You can see from the picture below how I notched out the bricks and the the full sheet is cut straight on one of the lines. I used a multi-purpose tool for the cut-outs but you can also use a jigsaw. Don’t worry about the imperfections they will get fixed later.
Once the boards were cut, but before they went on the wall, I added some mortar. I started by using pre-mixed mortar on the grout lines of the brick panel. I just used my fingers so it was uneven and looked intentional. (This was a super quick process, but will ultimately depend on how big of an area you are doing.)
I also painted the bricks with a white sample paint from Pittsburgh Paints. I only needed a very small amount of paint for this step of the process. I used a brush with a small amount of paint then wiped most of it off with a rag. Real brick soaks up paint so I wanted it to look as real as possible.
Then I hung all the panels on the wall and filled in the seams with the pre-mixed mortar.
You can see the before and after in the next picture. You literally can not tell where the seams are!
Once the brick wall was finished, I tackled the rest of the room. I had used the Digital Inspiration Studio to help pick the color.
I decided to go with Pittsburgh Paints and Stains, Swirling Smoke, from their Grand Distinction® Paint and Primer in One line. This paint provides outstanding coverage, stain and scrub resistance, and washability. The Swirling Smoke is in the gray color family but has a little bit of a brown undertone.
It turned out beautiful!
I ended up adding some molding to transition between the brick and the drywall.
I love how it turned out!
Check out the full makeover HERE.