2019-06-13 TIME LAST UPDATED
Hi! Since I’m new here, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Courtney, and my husband Brent and I blog over at Gray House Studio where we document our experience renovating our home as well as DIY projects, plans, and tips.
When it comes to remodeling our home, Brent and I always have big dreams in mind. This was certainly the case with our most recent project, which involved turning our spare bedroom into a home gym. The concept of having a brick accent wall somewhere in our house has always appealed to us, so when we decided to design a home gym with an industrial loft feel, we felt it was the ideal space to implement the idea. We discovered that we lacked the funds necessary to complete the brick veneers as initially planned after researching the various methods for creating a brick wall. We could only afford to purchase three sheets of brick-like embossed hardboard wall panel, so that was what we did. Only paneling in the unfavorable color scheme of red brick and black mortar could be found. We knew we had our work cut out for us to get the appearance we were going for, but if we could paint one wall in a different color scheme before painting the whole thing white, it would completely change the room and give it the industrial feel we were going for.
COLOR CHOICES FOR A FAUX BRICK WALL Follow along below as we demonstrate how we used the approach we shown in the video to paint the faux brick wall we placed in our home gym with a new color scheme. To learn how we turned embossed hardboard paneling into a realistic-looking brick accent wall check out our video tutorial click here. For your convenience, this article includes some affiliate links. To view my complete disclosure policy, click here.
MATERIALS Faux brick embossed hardboard paneling (we required 3 sheets to cover our wall) (we needed 3 sheets to cover our wall) Foam paint rollers Big cardboard piece Brushes with various color paint samples (our selections are detailed further below) Cost
3 panels at a cost of $25 each equals $75. 8 paint samples at $7 each equals $56. Total: around $130 ( depending on whether you have to purchase paint brushes, rollers, etc. ) Finding inspiration photographs of the ideal brick style and color can help you get started on painting a faux brick wall.
We wanted to mimic old brick covered with faded white paint because we loved the industrial loft aesthetic.
Brick Salvage is the source.
We wanted the brick’s colors to be lighter and more neutral so that they would go nicely with the other beige walls in our space. You must choose the paint colors for your new color scheme once you have a general notion of how you want your wall to look. To do this, we need to translate the paint colors shown on the screen in our inspiration image into real paint colors that we can buy and use to paint our brick wall. Look for two midtone colors, two highlight colors, and two to three accent colors when choosing the colors you need from your shot. The use of so many colors may first seem overwhelming, and some of the choices may seem weird, but after they are blended together, the wall will take on a more realistic appearance with depth and character. Additionally, you must decide on a mortar color. All of the paints we used were bought from Sherwin Williams.
NEW COLOR PALETTE FROM US Clay Cavern SW 7701 (midtone) SW 6060 Moroccan Brown (midtone) Brown Fiery SW 6055 (accent) SW 6123 Baguette (accent) SW 7048 Urbane Bronze (accent) uncommon Gray SW 6199 (highlight) SW 7017 Dovetail (mortar) White Kestrel SW 7516 (whitewash) You only need to purchase sample sizes of the paint colors, as a tip. Given that you will only need a little amount of each hue, there is more than enough to finish even a large wall. Installing all of your wall panels first is what we advise. The paint will seem considerably more unified as a result. Before beginning to work on the large wall, you may always test the paint on a smaller piece of leftover hardboard. Start painting when you’re ready by using the two midtone colors from your color scheme. Moroccan Brown and Cavern Clay were employed. Pour the two paint colors onto a sizable cardboard piece. The cardboard provides lots of room for rolling paint together and allowing it to naturally mix. We adore the realistic texture the paint has after being dragged across the surface with a foam roller. Continue with the accent colors until the two midtone hues have covered the entire wall. These are the hues in the color scheme that truly pop. Bright yellow (Baguette), dark brown (Fiery Brown), and dark gray were employed as accent colors (Urbane Bronze). Instead of using these colors throughout the entire wall, focus them on specific regions. Apply the highlight colors last. There was Rare Gray. The highlights should be liberally mixed in all over the wall, but if they start to look too overwhelming, you can easily go back and add some midtone colors or highlights from the previous phase to soften the effect. When we originally began painting our wall, we actually began by painting the mortar first, but we immediately learned that the roller will get in this region when painting. Therefore, we advise coating the mortar last. So that you may cover the black mortar and any stray paint that may have gotten into these areas from the previous phases, grab a paintbrush and return with a lighter color—we used Dovetail. The appearance of the brick is much improved by touching up the mortar. This is the final stage if you want a more typical brick appearance. We bleached some of the wall because we wanted it to have an older, industrial vibe like you could find in an old loft. We aimed to create the impression that the wall was previously painted white but that the paint has since faded. Paint the wall in a variety of white hues to obtain this impression. In order to apply the paint in the correct pattern, first greatly dilute your white paint (we used Kestrel White). We decided to keep some parts undeveloped. These would be the exposed, beaten-up brick. Then go back and paint more of the wall where you don’t want the brick to show through with white paint that is less diluted. Here is the transformation between where we started and what it looked like with our new colors. The finished wall shown above shows where we whitewashed specific parts. Compared to the red brick and black mortar, the wall with our new color scheme is considerably more aesthetically beautiful and better matches the decor of the space. When you enter the room, it looks just like actual brick. We discovered that all it takes to achieve an authentic brick look is a little bit of time, effort, and ingenuity. Keep in mind that you are not limited to the hardboard paneling’s original colors and that you can radically alter its appearance by painting it with a different color scheme. What you can make is only limited by your imagination. We hope that this lesson motivates you to use your imagination to decorate a brick wall. I’m overjoyed that I could visit today and let you know about our newest endeavor.