Faux Brick Painting

Faux Brick Painting
by Debra That Painter Lady Conrad

If you have a plain wall or concrete floor, indoor or out, that is in need of a makeover, faux brickwork can be the ideal solution. Using readily available reusable stencils, you can transform a surface into an eye-catching feature. It’s a quick and easy faux painting technique that is ideal for beginners.

The Charm of Faux Brick

A brickwork finish can add color and texture to a boring surface. As an interior finish it can add warmth, as well as adding a stylish and modern touch that goes well with many styles of dcor. Outdoors, on patios and paths, brickwork can be an attractive feature, adding interest to a garden or outdoor living space.

Brick stencils can be used in various scenarios. If you want to extend existing brickwork you can use faux painting techniques and brick stencils instead of resorting to the expense and hassle of actual construction work. If you have a brick feature to restore, you may discover how difficult bricks can be to rejuvenate effectively. Stripped brickwork can be ugly and is easily damaged, with unsightly results.

Brick Stencils – Pluses and Minuses

Thin Brick Veneer

Especially if you’re new to faux painting, brick stencils have many pluses and few minuses. In some cases (for example, if you need to match existing brickwork) you may have to mark out your design manually, or create your own stencil to match what you already have. If you can buy a stencil to suit your purpose you will save a lot of time. The only real downside of stencils is that their fixed size can create problems with corners and edges (especially curved edges, for example around a circular or arched window).

Picking Your Pattern

Brick stencils vary according to the pattern of brickwork or paving, and brick size, producing different effects. Some may be more suitable for your space than others, so plan carefully.

Make sure that the scale is in proportion. Consider the space available. You may not want large bricks in a small room or small blocks in a bigger space. The size of the brick is one factor influencing the degree of texture that results. Some manufacturers offer customizing and re-sizing of stencils.

Also consider how the pattern will match your architecture, dcor or space. Modern home with clean lines may invite a plainer, more geometric pattern. That could be simple rows, but a herringbone design can also look neat. Circular or swirling patterns can soften a space with hard lines, or complement older architecture, rustic dcor or traditional gardens.

Be Creative

You don’t have to stick to an authentic effect, with red and brown bricks. Make the most of brickwork patterns with stencils but add any color you like for interesting results. Faux painting techniques will allow you to recreate the effect of brand new brickwork or, for an ancient or rustic look, crumbling brickwork. Stenciling makes creating the pattern easy but you can play with color and style to achieve the desired look.

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