Posts Tagged ‘faux brick’

Faux Brick, Faux Mortar, Faux Level Ceiling

February 8, 2016
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Virtually no room or home has perfectly plumb walls, nor perfectly level ceilings and floors. Even if the wallpaper is hung perfectly plumb, if the walls or ceiling are out of kilter, it will look like the wallpaper is askew, with the design being closer to the ceiling at one end of the wall, and dropping farther away from the ceiling at the other end. So, to disguise this, I will often put an element at the top of the wall that you will not notice if it’s growing shorter or taller – for instance, a partial brick, and your eye won’t notice if it’s 3 1/2″ high at one end of the wall and 4 1/8″ high at the other.

But in this room, I wanted to have a line of mortar at the top of the wall, so it would look like a real brick wall. The ceiling line was straight along the right half of the wall, as you see in the photo, but got off-level on the left half. That meant that the bricks started falling down the wall, and the bottoms of bricks from the row above them started showing at the ceiling line.

To disguise this, I took scraps of unused wallpaper and cut thin strips of the mortar design. Then I appliqu├ęd these over the bottoms of the bricks that I didn’t want to show at the ceiling line. Regular wallpaper paste won’t stick to this textured vinyl product, so I had to use an adhesive specially formulated to adhere to vinyl.

The finished result looked great. No dark bottoms of bricks showed along the top of the wall, and you really couldn’t notice that the mortar along the ceiling on the left half of the room was wider than the mortar on the right half.

This wallpaper is by Sunworthy, and I hung it on an accent wall in a bedroom of a teenaged boy.

Faux Brick Wallpaper

January 9, 2016
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Boy, I liked this look a lot! This is a textured vinyl wallpaper, that mimics the look and feel of real brick. It sure changes the feel of this room!

This went on the accent wall in the bedroom of a 16 year old boy, in Cypress (far NW Houston). The texture and rustic feel go well with the interior finishes inside and out of this new home.

The wallpaper is manufactured by Sunworthy, and the interior designer is Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs.

Making Sure the Intricate Cuts Look Good

December 6, 2014

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Trimming wallpaper against intricate moldings can be tricky, especially when the paper is thick and does not want to lie into the tiny areas, as in this case, or, as also in this case, abrades easily if it is manipulated too much.

So my little trick is to brush paint of a matching color along the detailed areas, so incase the paper does not cut exactly against all those tiny spaces, your eye will not notice.

This faux brick wallpaper went on a wall around a fireplace.