Join me as i share how simple it is to create your own easy DIY faux brick backsplash for under $30 using joint compound! Our kitchen finally looks complete.
Creating Our Easy DIY Faux Brick Backsplash
I really wanted to add some character to our boring kitchen since we moved in. Our house is one of those massed produced houses they kind of all look the same inside and out.
Since being on Instagram many have inspired me but one in particular my dear friend Hyden from TwoPawsFarmhouse. I found her faux brick accent wall very beautiful and extremely budget friendly. Being budget conscience myself I knew i had to incorporate this project somewhere in my home.
Our kitchen has an open concept feel with three rooms combined: kitchen, dining room and living room. We painted all three rooms in Benjermin Moore Gray Owl and trim in Cloud White.
I decided to incorporate a faux brick backsplash instead to the entire wall of the kitchen to define its space. This is what we’ve come up with to bring character to our home.
I absolutely love it and cant wait to do it again somewhere else, possibly an accent wall in the entry way.
Faux Brick Backsplash Materials
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I mostly had these items on hand so it made this project much more easier and affordable. However, I did pick up a large bucket of joint compound for 30.00 at my local hardware store. Also picked up a 3 pack of painters tape just to be on safe side. I also had a gallon of White on hand from a previous project so saved some money there.
There’s nothing worse than starting a project and having to go back to the store multiple times to get supplies.
Step One: Taping
The first step is to decide the measurement and brick you want. Then tape off your brick pattern with the painters tape. I started with horizontal lines first and randomly placed my vertical strips to create my brick pattern. Once you have the first row done it should go smooth sailing from there. Don’t worry about making a mistake it can all be adjustable its only tape.
Step Two: Applying Joint Compound
Now comes the fun part. You are going to smear on your joint compound using your putty knife in all directions on your wall. No need to get it smooth as bricks texture is rough and this is the look were going for.
Step Three: Removing Painters Tape
Please take note that when removing painters tape, wear gloves and have a trash can nearby. The compound does not have to be completely dry in fact it needs to be wet or its going to be hard to remove tape.
Step Four: Drying Time
Before we get into the fun part of painting brick and after removing off all the painters tape. Allow a minimum of at least 12 hours of drying time for joint compound to set. Be sure its dry throughout before applying your paint.
Step Five: Applying Paint
Now that our joint compound is completely dry the fun part begins. With my gallon of latex paint I had on hand, I painted the entire faux brick backsplash. Then used multiple colors of paint to achieve the brick look and wiped it into the brick with the small brush.
Don’t try to be perfect you can get as messy as you want as we will be painting grout lines later. Remember, no two bricks are the same. For colors, I used acrylic paints Dark Brown, Grey, Brick Red, Gold, and a creamy White.
After achieving the look I was going for I then applied a white wash to my brick by slightly brushing white paint over the brick. Once done you can go ahead and paint the grout lines any color you like I chose white.
DIY Faux Brick Backsplash
I am definitely obsessed with the final results. It sure adds all the character to my kitchen I was looking for. Overall, this was well worth it for less than $40.
This was such a budget friendly project that are considering a wall in our entryway.
We decided recently to give this faux brick a fresh coat of white paint and I’m loving the crisp and clean feel it adds to our kitchen. Maybe in the future will change up the colour but for the moment it’s perfect!!
And that’s it !!! I hope I covered everything on how to create a DYI faux brick backsplash and have inspired you to give this fun and budget friendly project a try. But again, if you have any questions leave in comments below!