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Make a Brick Accent Wall

01/16/14, by Megan Steenson

What you see is not always what you get. We recently put together a set in the My Home My Style photo studio. As a staff, we decided our beautiful table setting would look great in front of a whitewashed brick wall. Well, there is no whitewashed brick in our studio, and we can’t always find the perfect location to shoot.

Before we abandoned our whitewashed brick dream, we took a trip to the home center. We found the red brick hardboard wall panels and knew we had the start of a solution. The ¼”-thick panels have the look and feel of real brick, and the eggshell finish makes them ideal for whitewashing. Plus, at $26 a piece, the budget-friendly price was a big selling point.

To get our whitewashed look, we simply loaded up a 3/8” nap roller with white paint and did a few coats across each panel. We paid special attention to not completely cover up the faux black mortar. By allowing some of the darker, original panel to come through, we were able to achieve a more natural look.

One thing to keep in mind, each panel is 4’ x 8’, which might not be enough for larger projects. The accent wall treatment we did required multiple panels, but we think the end result is totally worth a few seams!


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