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…
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.
It was pretty straight forward and my 10 year old helped out a lot.
We first tried to cut down with some nipper scissors. We then found that using a metal cutting blade was a lot quicker.
Once the whole wall was covered with the DMG system we were ready to apply the bricks.
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?).
Doing this much brick took just under an hour. I’m loving the perfectly imperfect look.
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.
*I received product to try with no obligation to blog about.*