Laying an interior brick wall

I have an obsession with marble and brick.  I’ve pretty much clad as many surfaces with marble in my home that I can think of and now I’m moving on to brick.
Brick can be tricky though.
You have to be careful where you put it or it can look out of place.
Brick is typically used on fireplaces or outter walls…or older buildings or lofts but that doesn’t apply here.
I would put brick on every wall of my home but that would be overkill. Plus I live in a 1970’s rambler and they didn’t typically do interior brick walls back then. I like to try and stay within some kind of character style of the home (most of the time). But because my home has an all brick exterior I figured applying brick on an outer wall wouldn’t be that much of a stretch. Capiche?

If you follow us on Instagram I showed a little teaser pic…here’s how the application went…

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This is the outer wall of my son’s room (and me trying to duck out of the way for the picture).  On the other side of the wall (outside) it’s all brick.  I wanted to carry that theme as if it were one big thick brick wall to the interior.  I found an online company called Brick-It which carries reclaimed brick from old buildings.  They cut the brick down so it’s 1/2″ thick veneer.  The back is smooth and the front has all that old worn character.  I ordered their New York Used brick veneers to apply to this wall.

The application process is SOO easy.  You first apply these Designer Metal Grids to the wall.

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It was pretty straight forward and my 10 year old helped out a lot.

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We first tried to cut down with some nipper scissors.  We then found that using a metal cutting blade was a lot quicker.

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Once the whole wall was covered with the DMG system we were ready to apply the bricks.

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Using a caulking gun you apply a line of glue (which they sent) on top of the grid then lay they bricks right in the panels.  I’m telling you it was SO easy.  This little man did a good majority of the brick laying (I mean it is room, he should do some work in there, right?).  :)

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Doing this much brick took just under an hour. I’m loving the perfectly imperfect look.

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We need to go rent a wet-saw to cut the bricks around the window then put the mortar in.  Stayed tuned for that step but all in all it has been a pretty fun project so far.  I’m still debating whether or not to white wash them which was my original plan.  I’m leaning toward doing it because the room is starting to feel heavy with the navy wall and now red brick.  Three people who have seen the wall say “NO” but we’ll see.  We’re hoping to wrap things up and have the room completely done in the next two weeks.  Yipee.

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My little-big man’s bed is done-zo.   I scored this vintage bed off of KLS Classifieds (Salt Lake City’s version of Craigslist).  The women who sold it to me didn’t want to let it go but said she needed the space.  Before she’d even let me come take a look at it she said, “You’re not going to paint it are you?” I promise at the time I hadn’t planned on painting it.  But when I brought it in to the room and looked at it…it was just too much traditional wood sitting right in the middle of the floor.  I tried hard to knock the little devil on my shoulder off who planted the “PAINT IT” seed but he eventually won and I gave in.  I feel a little bad going against her wishes but I hope she’d approve if she saw the final result.

Instead of painting the whole thing I decided to go for a two-tone application for a modern twist on a traditional piece.

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I used oil based paint because of it’s durability.  The problem with oil paint is you can’t wash your brushes out with plain old water.  You have to use a strong chemical like paint thinner and I just didn’t want to mess around with that between coats.

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Instead, I found that using Glad Press’n Seal which I picked up at Walmart worked perfectly for keeping my brushes from drying out between coats.

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I pulled out one sheet, folded it over itself, sealed the edges as close and possible around the brush and it formed an air tight seal.

I used the same hack when I painted some feathers a few weeks ago.

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I’ve you’ve ever attempted painting projects with kids you know there are a lot of interruptions, breaks, messes, etc.  Instead of washing out all the brushes when I know I’ll be coming back to the project in an hour or so, it’s much easier to sandwich the brushes between two sheets of Glad Press’n Seal, roll ’em up and there’s no worry about brushes drying with hard crusted paint on them

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Glad Press’n Seal is one of those miracle products with a ton of uses inside, as well as outside the kitchen.  Check out more hacks here.  Do you have any Glad Press n’ Seal tips and tricks?

How to remove paint from hardware with your crockpot.

The Mr. has been on a business trip all week and the two oldest went to Yellowstone with Grandpa and other family which left me and the youngest boy at home to par-tay.  I had all kinds of fun activities planned as well checking quite a few DIY projects off my list.  Unfortunately, Mr. Strep throat came to visit my boy the second after everyone left.  Argh.  So instead of a week of fun and projects, we’ve been camping out in bed all week and monitoring a 4-day fever around the clock.  On top of that the boy apparently has a very weak gag reflex so it’s been a whole lot of pleading, bribing, begging the boy to swallow nasty medicine then cleaning up puke because pharmaceutical companies obviously have no idea with bubble gum flavoring is supposed to taste like.  The week has been a bust.  On the bright side we’ve had a whole lot of precious snuggle time.

Between temperature readings I did have time to experiment with a small project I’ve been wanting to tackle…

I haven’t given up hope on the “bane of my existence” dresser (yet).  I’ve spent hours (literally!) calling experts on sandblasting, walnut shell blasting, pickling, etc. to have someone strip it down for me and in the end, the best method so not to ruin this metal dresser is to do exactly what I’ve been doing.  Stripping it by hand.  %$#@.

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I’ve been grinding paint off this sucker for so long that I now have some pretty impressive biceps to show for it.  This week I removed the cute little casters from the dresser.

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Taking a page from the Nicole Curtis book I decided to give the crockpot method a try.

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I submerged my hardware in water with 1 pump of dish soap and let them simmer for about 5 hours.

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When I removed the hardware from the crockpot the paint was pretty much falling off.  I could scrape it all off with my finger nail but then I ruined my non-existent manicure and opted for a wire brush instead.  It was shocked at how easily it came off.

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Within minutes all these puppies were completely paint and grime free.

I also decided to try the crockpot method on these brass brackets I found while on our RV trip at a cool architectural salvage shop in Kansas City, MO.

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I was looking for some hardware I could DIY some Bermuda shutters with.  I’m hoping they work…stay tuned for that upcoming project.

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As you can see they were covered with several layers of paint over the years.

5 hour in the crockpot and voila…

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Best non-harsh-chemical solution ever for removing paint from hardware.

If only they made a crockpot big enough for me to submerge my entire dresser…then we’d be in business!

***Remember when working with paint removal always wear a mask and other protection in case the paint may be lead based.***