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Faux Brick Backsplash

January 7, 2018

Well, hopefully you guys have had time to check out the mosaic tile backsplash we did for my mom’s kitchen.  Now it’s my kitchen’s turn for a little love!

As much as I adore the tile look, I wanted to try something different.  The one texture I really wanted to incorporate in my house was brick.  So a little white brick backsplash in my white kitchen sounded like the perfect solution, right?  And it was dirt cheap.  Win!

Now, the mosaic tile was easy, but this, my friends, is SUPER easy.  Almost too much so actually!

If you have a wall you want to cover up, an accent wall you want to create, or are looking for a cheaper solution to a backsplash, I would definitely give this project a try!

What you need:

Nail gun

Brick hardboard wall panels

Joint Compound

Joint Knife

White paint/water

 

To start things off, we should go wayyy back to the good old days of pink and orange open cupboards, and a countertop that was about 6 inches short of normal.

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Seeing change is so fun!

But, since this is not a post about the whole kitchen renovation, I’ll actually get to the backsplash now.

So we kind of did this project a little backwards.  When we got around to nailing the brick panels on, the trim was already done.  Which totally worked fine!  But maybe you want to save the trim for last like normal people, because we did have to be pretty exact with the measurements to fit.  We ended up trimming down I don’t know how many pieces!

The brick panels come in 4 ft wide sections.  Make sure when you are putting the panels up, you are paying attention to the bricks in the top corners (we cut from the top down first, so the top had the full pattern).  This is the most important thing for matching up panels without noticeable seams.  If your top right corner has a full brick, make sure the next panel has a full brick in the top left.  If the top right has a half brick, make sure the next panel, has a half brick in the top left.  Make sense?

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We learned the hard way that one end of a full 8 ft panel starts with a half brick and the other end starts with a full brick, so just be paying attention when you match up the seams!  We would cut 9.5 inches down from a full brick for a piece.  Then for the next piece, we would have to trim the panel down to the next full brick, and measure 9.5 inches down from there.  We actually didn’t have too much wasted panelling either!

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As you go, secure your panel sections with a nail gun – and a lot of nails!

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If you like that dark brick look, then you’re done!

But there is just a couple extra steps if you want the white washed look.

 

First, using joint compound or spackle, wipe the joint knife down across the seams.

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Apply enough joint compound to fill the seams, then scrape left to right, removing most of the joint compound from the bricks themselves.  Finally, run your fingers through the seams to remove a little excess.  I did this when the joint compound was starting to dry and I liked the look better!  Plus then it wasn’t so messy!

I believe the whole process is called German Smear, so if my videos are confusing, you can go check out the technique on your own – YouTube has a lot of great videos!

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With a damp rag, I then wiped some joint compound off a few bricks here and there.  Just to add a bit of randomness!

If you want to seal the joint compound, you could mix a white wash (half white paint/half water) to lightly brush over the bricks! I haven’t done this yet, but if you want to be able to wash down the backsplash, this might be a good idea!

And here is the finished product! I’m so in love with it.

 

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