Friday, October 27, 2017

How To Create a Brick Wall look in any Space

An MDF brick Panel wall in an interior wall with weathered and textured look


















When visiting an old city or country, whether it be North, South, Central America or on the other side of the world, have you ever encountered an old brick building that was just mesmerizing ! 

If absolutely love this look and wondered how you can possibly achieve the Brick Wall look in your interior space, we believe this post will provide some enlightenment.

Here are some tools and supplies you will need to fulfill this task


1. A large Vehicle (you will see why in a while).

2. Tape measure

3. Paint (white & grey) 
Note: If you have black, you may omit the grey as you can mix the black and the white. 

4. Gesso

5. Sponge

6. Paint brush

7. Elbow grease(Applicable for all D.I.Y projects) ;0)

Above you will see an MDF panel with brick like imprints we could ONLY find localy at Lowe's hardware store.  
We tried looking for these in other home improvement stores with no such luck. As you may notice above,these are very inexpensive at $11 a sheet. 

Note: Remember we mentioned needing a large vehicle as one of the tools required for this project. These are large sheets that will need to be transported therefore you will require the space to do so.



Here's another look at this panel laying flat in an angled photo. You may be able to notice the elevated (raised) look of the imprints. Later we will look at some up close views. 

Once these panels arrive to their destination you will obviously need to measure the area of interest prior to cutting these bad boys to size. 
Note: The home department store is usually very helpful in cutting these for the customer as long as it doesn't exceed a specified number of cuts. 

Seeing this great product in a photo does very little justice to how amazing it actually is. The texture and imagery is very realistic. 
Above is this Gesso product we mentioned earlier. In the photos below, the Gesso was applied to give the brick MDF panels a sort of whitewash look with some interesting added texture. 


An MDF brick Panel wall in an interior wall with weathered and textured look
In this image we wanted you to appreciate how the panel was painted with the desired colors of white,grey and some charcoal

The paint was applied with a paint brush, then smeared with a sponge along the desired areas as means of removing the brush strokes.

Note: The charcoal hues you see here was used to simply add a few hints of contrast in several areas of the panels. You may take note of the warmest, most calm colors used on your walls and go with that as means of adding these inconspicuous hues to your brick panels.  

The pasty looking white areas, is the Gesso paste we used to provide some additional weathered texture real brick structures usually tend to have. 
 

An MDF brick Panel wall in an interior wall with weathered and textured look
A close up look at the panel imprints. You may notice the dings, dents and imperfections that a real brick wall will also tend to have.  

NoteYou may choose to simply leave these panels as is, if you truly enjoy the look of orange-red bricks. In this tutorial we were going more for the weathered look. 

The Outcome
After creating the look that we were going for, the walls chosen for this project were ready to be embellished with some seasonal decor. See images below.


Hallway 
An MDF brick Panel wall in an interior wall embellished with Wall Art and nickle plated Over-sized Stop Watch


An MDF brick Panel wall in an interior wall embellished with Wall Art and nickle plated Over-sized Stop Watch

An MDF brick Panel wall in an interior wall embellished with Wall Art and nickle plated Over-sized Stop Watch

Above is a wall nestled between two doors in the small hallway area. Adding a see through picture frame ads depth without hiding too much of the wall behind, while the over-sized nickle plated stopwatch clock and beautiful clay flower wall art sets the stage for great focal point.  
  
Seating Area
An MDF brick Panel wall in an interior seating area
A photo of a wicker chair nestled in a corner and the faux brick wall panel completely redone behind it. 

An MDF brick Panel wall in an interior wall embellished with Vintage mirror and wicker seating
Added a vintage midsize mirror and some other nick knacks as you will see below. 
An added mirror will expand the space visually by reflecting light and the interior and or outdoor areas whiten the home that may sit across from it.  

An MDF brick Panel wall in an interior wall embellished with Vintage mirror and wicker seating
Added a small, mirrored, nickle platted side table from India between the chairs. Perfect for laying your favorite drink while enjoying a book or a friendly conversation. 


An MDF brick Panel wall in an interior wall embellished with Vintage mirror and wicker seating

A old vintage photo shot. We thought this particular shot sort of reflected the different tones and hues of colors used on the brick panel in a mysterious way if you will.  



Conclusion: When trying to Create a Brick Wall Look, you don't have to brake the bank or your back for that matter placing bricks in a desired interior area of your home. With a little ingenuity and here we go again, "a little Elbow Grease" anyone can turn a great product like these MDF brick panels into a project that makes "YOUR" Space Made Perfect.  


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