Hi everyone and thanks so much for coming!!
We just finished redoing our fireplace, which included adding Faux Brick! I love the way it turned out and I have to say a brick wall adds so much character to your house!
Almost three years ago we added faux brick to our entryway, and ever since then I’d been wanting to tie in that same brick somewhere else, but you know how that home project list goes!🤪🙈😂 It doesn’t always get done right away, and this was one of those projects that stayed “on the list” for a LONG time! But, I’m proud to say less than three years later we finally added brick to another spot in our house; our fireplace! Yay! For ticking off those to-do projects off of the list!🙌
So let’s get to it already!!
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Here’s what you’ll need:
- Brick of choice. We used the the McNear Thin Brick in the Sandmold Colors called Salt House. You can find all different variations of flat brick by going to www.mcnear.com
- Stone Veneer Mortar. Here’s some if you need it.
- Cement Grout. We made our grout from 1 part White Portland cement to 3 parts Fine Grit Silica Sand.
- Margin Trowel. This is what we used to lay the mortar.
- Grout Bag
- A Large Bucket
- Cement Mixer
- *Drill (Optional) We attached the cement mixer to our drill to mix up our grouting mixture really well. I highly recommend this, but you can mix it by hand as well. It gets thick and heavy to stir so the drill helps a lot!
- Tape Measure
- Wet Tile Saw
- An electric sander to roughen up the wall where you’re going to lay the brick. We always love the DeWalt tools so this is our choice.
- Cheap, thin wood for spacers. We used some trimming leftover from another project.
- Something to cover everything around where you’re laying your brick. We used these plastic drop cloths.
- *A mask, gloves, and goggles for safety. (optional, but again, highly recommended)
Now that you have everything, let’s do this already!
Start by measuring out your space to see exactly how much brick you’re going to need. You can make an estimate of how much brick you’ll need by figuring out how many square feet you’re wanting to cover and how many square feet come in a box of brick.
Then you’ll need to figure out about how many rows you’re going to have in order to cut the first and last piece of brick in half on half of the rows to give you that uneven brick look.
Using your tile saw, cut how many you think will need to be in half (you can always cut more later if need be). Now all your veneer bricks are ready to lay! As you can see, we tried to cut them all perfectly in half, but didn’t succeed! With the grout in you can’t tell at all that they’re not perfect so try your best to get them even, but if they’re not, don’t worry!!!
Start off by covering the area around the wall you’re redoing with any protective covering you have. We used drop cloths, which worked great for us.
Then you’ll need to prepare the wall for the brick to stick to it by roughing it up, especially if it has paint on it like ours did. We used an electric sander and sanded the wall down to roughen it up so the mortar would stick to it.
Next, you’ll mix the mortar with water, then starting at the bottom corner, put a little mortar on your trowel and swipe it across your wall where you want your brick to go. Then place your brick where you just placed your mortar. Decide how much of a gap you want between each brick and lay the next one keeping that gap in mind. The nice thing about brick is that they don’t need to be perfect so don’t stress too much if there’s not a perfect gap in between two of your bricks. When your whole wall is finished you’ll be hard pressed to be able to find where the gap is a little off, trust me! Repeat until your bottom row is finished.
Then you’ll put a spacer above that bottom row to give you a straight line with the right amount of gap you want between rows. We just used some really cheap wood pieces for ours. Now that you’re on your second row you’ll need to start with one of the bricks you cut in half so that you achieve that perfect uneven brick pattern. Go from there, making sure your next full brick is in between the two bricks below it. You will also end this row with another half brick. See above pic for reference.
Continue each row following those two rows patterns making sure to put your spacers in between each row once you’re finished with it, and that every other row starts and ends with a half brick.
Once you get to the very top row you may need to either cut your brick, or you may have a little bit of a larger gap between the brick and the top of your wall like we did. If you need to cut your brick, then get your tile saw back out and cut accordingly.
Let that set for 24 hours.
Now it’s time to put in your grout! It is important for your safety to have gloves, goggles, and some sort of face protection on while mixing this stuff up.
We went with a white grout. By Mixing we used 1 Part of the White Portland Cement to 3 parts Fine Grit Silica Sand in a large bucket. Mix that together and then add a little water using your cement mixer. Like I previously mentioned, we attached ours to our drill and it made life so much easier because that mixture gets thick and can be hard to mix. The drill works amazingly! Keep adding water until you get a frosting like consistency. Keep in mind, that you will be squeezing it out of a grout bag so if it’s too thick it will not come out. Once you have that frosting like consistency, you can start putting some in your grout bag. A trick we learned while doing this is to not completely fill your grout bag, because your cement will get firm towards the end and it’s harder to squeeze out. It’s easier to keep more in your bucket so you can stir it and then refill your grout bag when necessary.
Take out your first, bottom spacer and start filling in between each brick and above all of them where that spacer was. Then using your margin trowel, smooth out your grout so that it’s nice and even between your bricks. Work your way up making sure to fill in the sides as well.
That’s it! Once you’ve finished your grout let that dry and you’re finished! You did it! I would love to see your finished product so leave a picture in the comment section if you’re not too tired after all that brick work. Also, if you post your project on Instagram tag me @thedecormama! I’d love to share your work!
If you want other options for accent walls, check out my DIY Wood Panelled Wall Post as well!
Thank you so much for coming, and I hope you are feeling ready to finally add that brick you’ve been wanting!
The Decor Mama