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:
- Contemporary Faux Brick Wall Paper
- Heavy duty Wall Paper Paste
- Synthetic Brush
- Wall Paper Tray
- Wall Paper Scraper
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.
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.
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!
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.
Look at how much brighter it is down here now! I’m quite impressed with how this paper looks.
Seriously, 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.
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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