It’s pretty clear that Hanno and I love the rustic, industrial look. And while our Altbau apartment definitely has some character hidden in the walls, the recent renovations have left it looking a little boring. We actually found brick behind some of the concrete walls, but since we’re renting (and not contractors) we can’t expose it. So, we went with the next best thing: a faux brick wall!
There are actually quite a few options for how to do this, with varying levels of difficulty. There are also differences in the appearance, with some options looking more realistic than others.
You can actually paint your wall (or other surface) to look like brick, with some creative paint mixing and tools. There are so many great examples of this online, but one that I found particularly impressive is this one from Bless My Nest.
This was the option I initially wanted to go with, but was unable to. I love the 3D aspect of this, and how it can be customized. Many home improvement stores in the US sell these brick panels, for a relatively low price. You can leave the brick as is, or do what Sawdust2Stiches did and add spackle for a German schmear effect! It looks so realistic!
Another really cool, realistic-looking faux wall is using styrofoam to create faux bricks. This method is quite a bit of work, but it does end up looking very much like a brick wall. Check out how it’s done here!
Thin Bricks (if you’re not renting)
For those of you lucky enough to own your place, but unlucky enough to not have a brick wall, you can create one with veneers. These are actual bricks, but cut really thin and you can adhere them directly to the wall. As these are real brick, it will obviously look quite realistic. Check out Rustic Crafts for a great tutorial.
Due to a lack of brick panels in Germany, we ended up opting for a 3D brick patterned wallpaper. The best part of this wallpaper is that it’s self-adhesive and removable, so great for renting!
The biggest downside of these panels is that they are designed to be stand alone panels, so they don’t line up very well. We had a minor freakout before we realized that by lining up the bottoms of the brick, we could get it to look pretty accurate. Also, the German schmear effect really hid the imperfections and we think the overall effect turned out great.
Putting it up was really pretty easy, and because of the texture, the mistakes were more easily hidden. All we did was line up the bottoms and move from one end of the room to the other. The hardest part was keeping them straight, but again, the pattern is very forgiving so even those mistakes were easily corrected.
As you can see, the panels were unfortunately a bit too short for our walls. We had to go back in and do small panels along the bottom, but I think it turned out really well.
And that’s it! In the end, I think we ended up choosing the easiest way to do a faux brick wall.
Can’t wait to show you the bedroom reveal! We’ve almost got all the furniture now – just waiting on the bed frame! It’s going to be such a big change!