Back to the New Orleans style house...the builder had one area and just couldn't decide what to do with it.
Finally, he had an idea and called me and asked if I could paint faux bricks for him in this area.
So, I did paint faux/trompe l'oeil bricks for him.
Here are three walls with bricks. Can you tell which two walls are real and the one that I painted?
Ok, which one?
Alright, I'm sure you've guessed it. The butler's pantry was very plain and the builder wanted me to paint the faux bricks to blend with the other two walls. When you're standing in certain areas in the big living room, you can see all three brick walls at the same time. So, it was important to make them look the same.
I'm very happy with the way they turned out. Everybody was saying, "oh, that looks good, you did it" and that made me feel good. The builder helped me with critiquing the grout lines and together, we did it!!
First, I used dry spackling and with a broad knife and my finger I lightly textured the area. Then, I picked out colors to match the existing brick and mortar colors. I painted over the whole area the grayish grout color. When that dried, I used my brick stencil to get the structure going. Next, I used a regular brush to stencil the orange brick base coat. Then, a brush to paint and a rag to rub out an off white, raw umber and black. It took a while to work on each brick and make them different from each other. Last, I went back with a brush and painted wider grout lines and wiped it with a rag and smudged out areas on each brick to match the existing real brick walls.
At the very bottom and at the very top I had to make my own bricks because the stencil wouldn't fit in those spots. But, the bricks are so uneven it's very simple to do. And, in the corners I lightly brushed some raw umber just so it shadowed a little bit. Making it look a little more three dimensional.
I think anyone could do this.
You could paint the wall behind your fireplace, under your kitchen cabinets. a mud room or any place you wish you had bricks. And, you can use any color.
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