How to Add a Faux Brick Wall Treatment
Adding a faux brick wall to any room creates a sense of warmth and visual interest. Faux brick panels come in a variety of colors and textures that can be selected to match a wide range of room decor styles. The specific dimensions of the room determine the exact size and number of the brick panels needed. Usually there are 12 to 14 panels in an average-sized room. Before selecting a specific brand of faux brick panels make sure they are the best quality for your budget.
Step 1 -- Match Screws to Paneling
Before purchasing your faux brick wall paneling and drywall screws, locate each of the screw holes in the panels and place a drywall screw into at least one of the holes. Make sure it fits securely and correctly before you buy it.
Step 2 -- Dry Fit Panels
Before applying any adhesive or screwing panels to the wall, it is always a good idea to do a dry run to see exactly how they will fit to the wall. Some faux brick paneling comes with tongue and groove edges. Practice fitting the panels together once to make sure you can lock these components together correctly. If you find that some of your panels are too big, use your hacksaw to cut them down to size. Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Step 3 -- Apply Adhesive
When working indoors for this type of project, it is a good idea to cover the floors with plastic sheeting. This will protect them against any adhesive, just in case it drips. Removing construction adhesive from carpeting or even hard flooring can be quite difficult. Spread an even coat of construction adhesive onto the back of the first panel. Start from one end and work towards the opposite end.
Step 4 -- Install Brick Panels
Hold your first faux brick panel in place and make sure it is completely level before screwing drywall screws in place through the panel holes. If you are using tongue and groove panels, install the panel with the groove first, and then snap in the second panel with tongue next to it. Before adding drywall screws, double check that the bricks on each panel line up symmetrically.
Step 5 -- Seal with Caulking
Apply a thin line of caulking to the seams between all brick panels once you secure them in place. Caulking that is colored to match the bricks is the ideal choice, though clear caulking can still be used as a second option if a close color match cannot be found. Also inspect your new brick paneling for any gaps along the edges of the wall as well as where it meets the floor and ceiling. Fill in these gaps with caulking as well and allow the area to dry for at least 24 hours.