Saturday, October 21, 2017

Home DIY project #2 - faux exposed brick wall

Our new house needs a lot of work - especially in the kitchen. The DIY residents from years past have painted the kitchen, installed a tile countertop and put down peal and stick linoleum on the floor. They did not add any new cupboards, extra counter space or shelving of any kind. There is a lot of unused space and incredibly limited workspace.

We are eager to tear out the original cupboards and install all new pieces - but that won't happen until next year - And I just can't wait until then. So we did a project in one day that completely transformed a wall that has no cabinets on it.

We found these cool brick panels at Home Depot . 3 panels total. I also picked up a bucket of all purple sparkle and a putty knife.

Brick Panels : $25 each
Spackle: $7 each 

The first thing we did was tape off the location of the new lower cabinets and countertops that will be installed next year.  Ross hung the panels with our braid nailer

Once the panels were hung ... my turn is up

Applying the putty was easy - there is no real skill to it... scoop it out of the bucket, spread it on the wall. Vary the thickness, using the knife to spread in the grout , scrape across the brick surface to reveal some of the color. 

It did take a few hours for to cover the entire wall - my arm sure got a workout!

I like the look of a little more "plaster" with a little brick exposed to make it look like we had uncovered the original brick by sanding the plaster away.

This wall will not have any upper cabinets, it will have lower cabinets, a gas range, a range hood (in the center) and wood floating shelves on with side of the hood. Until then.... I don't have to look at the flat gray wall anymore!

Stay tuned while we do more projects in our first home!!


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