How to brick an interior wall in one day

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How do ya like THAT for an enticing blog title? 😉 Yes! This is the next step in our quest to transform our dungeon basement family room into the most awesome hang-out room ever. Today, we’re sharing one of the most striking (and yet easy!) updates and spilling the beans on how to brick an interior wall in one day.

Here are all the supplies I used:

By now, you’ve seen our vintage waterfall desk makeover, our inspiration mood board, and our quick and easy coffee table refresh. Here’s the wall before. It’s just a wall. A blue wall. It has a weird window ledge and an unfortunate asymmetrical electric box on one end.

Basement Wall BEFORE

We searched high and low for a viable design option that would disguise the weirdness of this wall while also adding some style and texture to the room. The floors are wide, soft wood planks – so something cool and stone was a natural choice to balance the elements.

We toyed with more planking (but we do that A LOT) and we also toyed with real partial bricks – but HOLY expensive Batman! That’s when we turned to Walls Republic; a high-end wall coverings retailer that ships to Canada and the US.

Okay – a word about wall paper. It’s much better than it once was and the options are INCREDIBLE. This is NOT your Granny’s wall paper, people! haha

We were able to find a bunch of different brick patterns – and Walls Republic sends out samples in 24″ squares for free! Perfect when you’re trying to decide between colour and textures and so on.

We settled on the Contemporary Brick in White. It will lend that stone look to our nautical-industrial room without being overly heavy or dark. To do our 14 foot wall, we ordered three rolls, but ended up using only about 1 and a quarter rolls.

Installation was straightforward. I’ve hung pre-pasted paper before (that’s where you activate the glue on the paper with lukewarm water) – but this paper is ‘paste the wall’ – which to be honest, I found a lot easier to work with.

Wall Paper Paste

Wall Paper Technique

I used this wall paste and simply applied it to our clean, dry wall with a synthetic brush and then placed my measured piece of wall paper over it, smoothing it down with a smooth edge. It was nice to not have dripping and heavy paper, and the paste allowed me to really reposition the pattern to get it perfect.

This whole wall took me about two hours from start to finish!DIY Faux Brick Wall

I let everything settle overnight and in the morning there were only two spots that needed a bit more paste – so I added it with a teeny craft brush and that was it.White Brick Wall using Wall Paper

Look at how much brighter it is down here now! I’m quite impressed with how this paper looks. Faux Brick Wall Close Up

Faux Brick Basement WallSeriously, you have to get up SUPER close to even know it’s paper and not real brick. I really think this update is helping to inch us closer to the nautical-industrial vibe we’re aiming for in the Family Room.

Realistic Faux Brick Wall

We still have quite a bit to do in this room before it’s finished. I want to find a solution for the baseboard heater – either we replace it or I’ll try to paint it out. And you may have noticed the odd flooring in the corner. We had to rip up part of the floor to do a repair (the old owner built furniture into the floor!!!), and we can’t seem to finish the new boards in the same way as the old. We might just paint them blue or white and not even try to disguise the difference; not sure yet! Any ideas??

All in all though, we are absolutely loving the way this room is finally shaping up.

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26 thoughts on “How to brick an interior wall in one day

  1. Oh my goodness! It’s absolutely PERFECT!!! The entire room is SO much brighter!!! And that paper is incredible, I never would have guessed those weren’t real bricks! Gorgeous!

  2. This does look like real bricks, I love it. You reminded me that I have brick wallpaper in my closet that needs to be hung. I just can’t decided which room to hang it!

  3. Your room looks wonderful! You had asked the question about painting the baseboard heater….you definitely want them to blend with the color of the wall and not be something the eye focuses on. I would definitely paint them white to keep the eyes being drawn to them. Thanks for sharing your DIY makeover…inspirational!

  4. Amazing! I love this look. I would love this white brick pattern on my kitchen cabinets in our small white wood paneling farmhouse kitchen. The cabinets are small and one of them hangs over the stove. Do you think this wallpaper would work.?

    1. Thanks Darla – It might be hard to scrub food stains off the paper directly. You might consider putting it up and then adding plexiglass over it for a mod look? Otherwise, I’d avoid putting it in a spot that might get food splatter. Hope this helps!

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