Do you love the look of brick? Do you want to add it to a space but don’t want to fully commit to messing up your walls? I have the perfect, budget friendly easy DIY brick wall for you.
I spruced up my Kitchen Nook by doing several things one of them was adding a brick wall. Here is the space before our kitchen remodel.Here it is after the kitchen remodel. And here it is now. Stenciling a brick wall is super simple and if I (or a future homeowner) ever wants to change it all it will take is primer and paint. This technique makes it great for not only homeowners but for renters as well. To stencil this brick wall costs less than $70 to do that includes the cost of the stencil, other accessories and the paint.
I love the look of brick. Brick is classic. It adds character to rooms and spaces and works well with almost all decor styles and textures from industrial to modern, farmhouse to rustic and traditional to shabby chic. It looks awesome with metal, wood, soft linens, bold prints, bright colors and muted tones…shall I say more.
Here is what you need and the steps to stencil a brick wall.
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TOOLS FOR BRICK STENCIL
- Brick Allover Wall Stencil – from Cutting Edge Stencils.
- Paint roller or paint brush
- Small paint brush for touch up
- Paint for grout- I used a cream custom color from Sherwin Williams
- Paint brick -I used small 8 oz sample sizes of Behr paint in Earth Fired Red, Rustic Tobacco and Joshua Tree
- Frog Tape
- Paint for white wash – I used a flat white paint
Before I got started I tested out a couple samples to try out different paint colors and to get a feel for using the stencil on a piece of cardboard.I also watched a video on Cutting Edge Stencils website to get some tips.
STEPS FOR BRICK STENCIL
Step 1) I taped off the area to be painted with Frog Tape. Then I painted the whole area with the grout color. Step 2) Stencil the brick wall. My wall was a challenge to stencil due to the angles in the bay windows. I chose an area to start the stencil that I could complete the whole stencil without an interruption. The stencil level slides onto the stencil and worked extremely well for leveling. Once the stencil was level I taped it in place. During my sample phase I started out with 5 paint colors, then 4 and then finally settled on 3 colors. I purchased the 8 oz sample sizes of Behr paint in Earth Fired Red, Rustic Tobacco and Joshua Tree. Then I applied the paint in a random sequence.
Once one stencil was finished it was easy to do the next stencil. I reposition the next stencil by overlapping a few bricks with the previous stencil. This is how the stencil gets evenly spaced. I repeated this step several times on the wall. When I got down to the bottom, top and sides the stencil bends really easily. There is a smaller stencil included to get the tighter areas/edges as well if needed. I did have to free hand a few areas.
Step 3) I wanted to give it a more natural look so I added a whitewash to the brick. To do this I mixed a flat white paint with water with a 1:3 ratio. Its better to add more water first and keep the application light. Then add more paint to the mixture if the whitewash effect is not white enough.
Grab two paper towels. One will be used to apply the whitewash the other one will be used to blot. Wad up one paper towel, dip it in the paint/water mixture, blot off any excess if needed, blot it on the brick stenciled wall, wait several seconds or longer depending on preference. Then fold the dry paper towel and blot the whitewash mixture off. Repeat this until the whole stenciled wall is covered. I applied several coats until I was happy with the results.