DIY Exposed Brick/Snippets of Design

For Years I have drooled over photos of beautiful rooms with exposed brick walls…

Brick Bedroom/ Snippets of Design

In person, I love them even more…

DIY Faux Brick Wall/ Snippets of Design

I love the warmness & texture the a brick wall adds…

 Brick Wall/ Snippets of Design

and the more vintage & worn, the better…

 Brick Wall/ Snippets of Design

So, when I started redecorating my house, I wanted to include brick, in at least a few places…

 Brick Wall/ Snippets of Design

and that is EXACTLY what I did!

I actually added brick to my house & it was wayyyy easier than I ever expected!

The first place I added it was my Living Room…

What do you think?

DIY Brick/Snippets of Design

I love it!

It is just the perfect amount of texture and I have the brick feel I have always wanted…

DIY Brick/Snippets of Design

My walls used to be a reddish-brown Tuscany style.

You can see them here in one of my Valentine’s Posts back when I first started Snippets…

DIY Brick/Snippets of Design

You can see I really NEEDED a change…

but,I didn’t want to spend tons of money on it &

I want it to work with my wood floors when I FINALLY get them done… ;-)

DIY Brick/Snippets of Design

 I thought about using real brick, faux brick tiles, my own faux brick…

but I finally decided to go with these faux brick wood panels I found at Lowe’s.

DIY Brick Wall/Snippets of Design

can you believe these are wood?

Up close people can’t even tell.

They tell me all the time how real it looks and how they can’t even see the seam.

DIY Brick/Snippets of Design

I love it even more than I had hoped!

All we did was buy 4 panels @ $25 each, match them up & nail them into the wall.  One of the easiest projects I have ever done. :)

I have however thought about painting the grout & staining a few bricks to make it look more worn.

I Photo-shopped an example…what do you think?

Living Room Worn Example DIY Brick/ Snippets of Design

I like that it lightens the room up and adds even more texture but I can’t decide which I like better…

I will keep you posted if I decide to do it. ;)

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Guess What!!! I did it!  Please checkout the grouted, vintage brick look {here}.   and check out the final look of the room so far here.  After everything, I love it.  It turned out exactly how I had hope.

Less House...More Home 1 | Snippets of Design

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Here are some more pictures of the way the rest of the room turned out…

DIY Brick/ Snippets of Design

I bought my fabric from the $3 Dollar Fabric Store, a discount Fabric Store here.

I spent less than $50 for the living room & the Family Room.

I recovered my old pillows so I didn’t have to buy new fills.

DIY Brick/ Snippets of Design

My Lanterns & Pitchers are from Home Goods.

DIY Brick/ Snippets of Design

Most of my flowers & wreaths are from Michael’s or Target

DIY Exposed Brick/Snippets of Design

DIY Brick/ Snippets of Design

DIY Brick/ Snippets of Design

The entry hallway on the opposite side of the room is all boarded up Cottage style to match the kitchen…{swoon} :) :) :)

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Yep, cottage style white, green, pine boarded walls, & open shelves :)

My dream has come true, you can see that reveal here.

Thanks again for stopping by dear friends!

See you again soon!

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August 23, 2013

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25 Comments

  1. Midsommarflicka

    August 31, 2013

    Woah! That looks really great! And definitely like real bricks!
    (By the way: Your whole living room looks amazing!)

    Oh, I would try to paint the grout and stain some bricks, so it wouldn’t look so “clean” :)

    Love, Midsommarflicka

  2. Kimberly

    August 31, 2013

    It looks awesome Amber! I love it!

  3. Shelley

    September 1, 2013

    You did an awesome job, Amber! It’s so exciting to see someone tackle a project that they’ve had on their list. Good for you!!!

  4. Eva

    September 2, 2013

    Amber! This is SO great! love the texture and color! Great going, so proud of you :D

  5. amber

    September 2, 2013

    Thanks hunny, that means so much…I really think I might, I just love worn brick so much. Thank you for the input, it helps me gear up my brave… :)
    xo,
    amber

  6. amber

    September 2, 2013

    Hi Kimmy! :) Thank you! <3 you guys!
    xo,
    amber

  7. amber

    September 2, 2013

    Thanks Shelley! It really did feel great! We tackled the Living Room, Kitchen, Family Room, & downstairs Bathroom at the same time. I have wanted a cottage kitchen with open shelves FOREVER the rest was just an added bonus I had only hoped for. It was so fun to get it all done, especially so inexpensively. I love my house now every time I walk downstairs. Finally…lol. (I will be sharing the rest of the makeover gradually over the next month or so). Now I just need to get wood floors…one project at a time right? ;)
    xo,
    amber

  8. amber

    September 2, 2013

    Thanks Eva! I am so glad you liked it..still trying to figure out how to get you some lanterns in England…it can’t be that hard right? ;)
    xo,
    amber

  9. Tammy

    January 16, 2014

    Looks amazing! Great job
    Do you know what colour/description the panels are?

  10. Jamie

    February 1, 2014

    When I got married we purchased an old 3 story Victorian built in 1892, It had a full walk in attic, I loved it!! The point here is I did this to my Huge country Kitchen back then (1977) they had something called Z-Brick in an array of colors I chose a reddish color and how they were made is from the front they looked like brick they came in sections with the morter. Only they were pre-fabricated they looked like real bricks cut in half, they were really light in weight, and easy to put up, and they looked real brick. I guess they quit making them they should bring them back as they would be popular now!! Your brick is beautiful!! So love it!!

  11. amber

    February 16, 2014

    Hi Tammy!
    They describe them as Red Brick/Eggshell from Lowe’s.
    I hope you can find them!
    Good Luck!
    Amber

  12. amber

    February 16, 2014

    Jamie, thank you for your sweet comments. I have enjoyed them so much. I hope that you keep in touch and have an absolutely splendid day!
    xo, Amber

  13. Meaghan

    August 1, 2014

    Hi amber, just wondered if you ended up painting the grout after all. My hubby and I are doing the same thing in our tiny apartment to give some texture. I was thinking the same thing about brightening the look of it by touching it up a bit. Did it turn out for you?

  14. Yoomie

    November 21, 2014

    Hello Amber,

    Thank you for posting this, I was interested in doing a siimlar thing in our studio. I had some questions though..

    Can you put these up with just nails? If so how many would you need to hold each panel up?

  15. amber

    November 21, 2014

    Hi! I honestly used a TON of finishing nails…I would suggest that so you can’t really see them. What other questions do you have?

  16. amber

    November 21, 2014

    Hi Meaghan, I actually ended up grouting it. Here is the link to the photos: http://snippetsofdesign.com/diy-vintage-faux-brick-wall/

  17. Yoomie

    November 21, 2014

    I see, thank you for your reply. I was just wondering because the place I live in, we can’t really do a lot of damage to the finishes. when you say tons, do you remember about how much? Or, do you have any other recommendations to put the panels up? Sorry for the questions, I have no experience in thos field :(

  18. amber

    November 22, 2014

    Oh, now I get it…i have no idea how many I used but I bet you could easily get away with using 4-6 larger finishing nails to hold it on the wall, especially if you aren’t grouting it…

  19. Uma

    April 11, 2015

    Hi Amber,
    What is the name or code of the wallpaper you used on your kitchen wall? And just to confirm is it from Total Wallcoverings?

    I want to use the same wallpaper for a wall in my bedroom!!

    Looks amazing, well done!

  20. Amber

    July 1, 2015

    Hi Uma,
    I actually used brick wood panels I purchased from Lowe’s. Total wallcoverings does have some amazing wallpaper though…
    Here is the link:
    http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=88973-12445-TB-27001CS&langId=-1&storeId=10151&productId=3597924&catalogId=10051&cmRelshp=req&rel=nofollow&cId=PDIO1
    Good Luck! I am so glad you like it, I hope you love yours!
    xo,
    Amber

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