This DIY faux brick wall is an easy and inexpensive brick accent wall for your rustic decor! Learn how to make a brick wall indoors with faux brick wall panels in under 4 hours!
We just completed a total office makeover, and I am IN LOVE with this new farmhouse style, perfectly neutral but still textured wall treatment! Yes, our DIY faux brick wall is SO gorgeous that I can’t stop looking at it. I think it’s actually making me less productive…
I type a few sentences and then glance up at my gorgeous whitewashed brick wall… type a few more sentences… “oooh” and “aaah” over my brick accent wall.
I just can’t help myself! The new, pretty wall is such an improvement from the plain old storm cloud gray wall that I used to stare at.
And it was SUPER easy to do! I’m telling you… if you’ve been afraid to try some of my other projects like this faux subway tile fireplace makeover or this DIY mudroom wall, then you should REALLY try this one!
Making your own faux brick wall out of 3D faux brick panels and some joint compound is SO easy to do. We actually finished our wall in less than 4 hours… that’s start to finish AND making cuts for an outlet and a funky diagonal ceiling. My husband even commented that he couldn’t believe how easy this accent wall treatment was to do.
So, are you ready to make your own 3D accent faux brick wall? Here’s how to do it:
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Supplies to DIY a Faux Brick Accent Wall
3D Faux Brick Wall Panels
The wall panels we used are from Home Depot. They are 4′ x 8′ 3D panels that look exactly like a red brick wall. They are priced at about $35 per panel, and we used 4 panels.
*Note – When you’re picking out your brick panels at the store, be sure that the ones you select have “bricks” and “grout lines” that line up evenly. It will make your DIY faux brick wall MUCH easier to install!
This is the type of Liquid Nails (affiliate) that we used to hang the brick panels. We used one bottle per full panel.
Nail Gun and Brad Nails
This is the nail gun (affiliate) that we used, with 18 gauge 2″ brad nails.
Skilsaw and/or Jigsaw
You’ll need a Skilsaw or a similar saw to cut the brick wall panels to fit your wall. If your wall has any outlets or switches, you’ll also need to cut around those. The jigsaw made the smaller cuts for our outlet much easier!
The chalk line is not completely necessary, but it WAS helpful with getting long straight cuts. We snapped our chalk line on top of one of the faux brick wall panels to cut it down to size more easily with the Skilsaw.
You’ll need a level to be sure that the panels are nice and straight as you nail them to the wall. The last thing you want is lines of “bricks” that aren’t perfectly straight across.
We used USG All Purpose Dry Wall Joint Compound. It was about $7.00 for 3.5 quarts, and we used almost the whole container. The joint compound on top of the bricks makes your wall look EXACTLY like real brick!
We used a 3 pack of plastic trowels. The smaller sized trowel made it easier to get the joint compound out of the bucket, and the larger ones were used to put the compound on the wall.
How to Make a 3D Faux Brick Wall
Step 1: Plan where your faux brick wall panels will go.
The first step is to do a little planning. You’ll want to measure your wall, and figure out how your panels should go up with the least amount of cuts and seams.
Our ceilings are 9 feet high, and the faux brick wall panels are only 8 feet long, so we had about 1 foot that we had to “patch” in. We knew that my desk would be pushed up against the faux brick wall, so we decided to have the extra 1 foot at the bottom, because any seams would be hidden by the desk.
We also chose to nail our faux brick wall panels into the studs, though I don’t think that’s necessary, especially if you use Liquid Nails AND a nail gun.
Step 2: Optional, if hanging shelves on your brick wall – Find and mark the studs.
Once you get your faux brick wall installed, it will be difficult to find the studs. So if you’re planning on hanging any type of heavy shelving or artwork on your new brick wall, then go ahead and mark the studs now.
We knew that we were going to be hanging some DIY Farmhouse Wood Shelves on the whitewashed brick wall, so before we hung up the panels, we marked the studs so that we could later install the shelving.
Since you’ll be covering your wall completely, you’ll need to mark the location of your studs by placing a small pencil mark on the ceiling. Once you find a stud, use a level as a guide. Hold the level on the wall vertically where your stud is, and butt the end of it up against the ceiling. Then mark it for future reference.
Step 3: Attach faux brick panels to your wall.
Once you have an idea of how the wall panel pieces will fit together, it’s time to get them on the wall.
We applied one 10 oz bottle of Liquid Nails to the back of each 4′ x 8′ wall panel in a scallop shape pattern like this:
Then, we placed the brick panel on the wall, and I held it in place while my husband nailed it in with the nail gun.
This is definitely a two person job… The panels are rather heavy, and they will have a tendency to slip down the wall initially (because the Liquid Nails isn’t dry yet), so one person will probably have to hold them up against the wall from the bottom, pushing them up to the ceiling, while the other person nails the panels in to the wall.
Here’s what the first 3D faux brick panel looks like on the wall:
How to line up the seams of the wall panels:
Once you’ve installed the full 4′ x 8′ panels, you’ll need to “patch” in smaller pieces. We found it easiest to use a fresh 4′ x 8′ panel, rather than trying to piece together the scraps that remained from our 3rd panel.
We could have done the entire wall with just 3 brick panels, but for the extra $35, it saved us some work to just use a 4th panel.
We began by cutting a 12″ tall by 4′ wide panel piece, making sure that the top of the piece would line up perfectly with the bottom of the panels that were already installed on the wall. We lucked out because the bottom of the full sheet panels ended perfectly on a “grout line”, so the seam wasn’t visible after adding joint compound on top.
Then, for the other pieces that would go next to it, we lined them up like this and made a small pencil mark where we needed to cut the panel:
You can see from the picture above that we did have a few inches of waste on the bottom of the panel to get the seams of our DIY faux brick wall just right.
Here’s what the wall looks like with all of the full panels and cut pieces installed:
If you look really closely, you can see the smaller pieces on the bottom 12″ of the wall, but overall, the seams aren’t visible unless you’re really looking for them.
The 3D faux brick wall panels were just about PERFECT right off the shelf, as is, and they lined up really nicely on the wall with minimal effort.
Step 3: Smear joint compound on top of the brick panels.
After you’ve got your brick wall panels installed, it’s time to “whitewash” them.
This is VERY easy, and doesn’t have to be precise at all. I actually like the variation on the wall where the joint compound is thicker in some areas and thinner in others, so don’t worry about getting a perfectly even layer.
Just load a large plastic trowel with compound, and smear it on the wall… Easy as that! If you hold the trowel flatter against the wall while smearing it on, the compound will be thicker. You’ll have to hold the trowel flatter to fill in the “grout lines” of the brick, or the areas where the panels are more recessed.
Scraping the trowel with it more perpendicular to the wall will leave a thinner layer of compound.
Don’t worry… it’s MUCH easier than it sounds! And this part went SUPER fast! In fact, I would rather do this DIY faux brick wall treatment than painting a wall any day.
Here’s what the DIY faux brick wall looks like at this point:
Step 4: Cover seams on your DIY faux brick wall with extra joint compound.
As you’re applying the joint compound, you may notice that the seams of the 3D brick wall panels are starting to become more visible. You can see the vertical lines right in the middle of the “bricks” under my hand in this photo:
To fix that, I simply took a dab of compound on the tip of my finger and smoothed it over the seams. Did I mention that this project is a tad bit messy? You’ll definitely have spots of joint compound on your hands, so if that bothers you, be sure to wear gloves.
And here’s the finished DIY brick accent wall, “whitewashed” with joint compound:
If you want a whiter look, with less brick color showing through, then just apply a thicker layer of joint compound.
We actually tried painting over the wall with watered-down white paint at this stage, but we IMMEDIATELY wiped it off because the white paint completely covered the rustic look of the bricks. And I personally prefer this look to the solid white brick wall look.
Step 5: Use extra joint compound to “caulk” the outer edges of the wall.
You will probably have some slight gaps where the faux brick wall panels meet the ceiling and the corners of the wall. You can barely see a gap at our ceiling in the photo above.
To fill in those gaps, we just took a bit of joint compound on a small trowel and used it as caulk. Just fill in the gaps with the compound, and then smooth your finger over top (just like you would with caulk) for a nice, finished look.
Of course, you can also use actual caulk if you prefer.
And that’s it!
I COULD NOT be happier with how this easy DIY wall treatment turned out! It was SO easy to do, and the result gives the perfect amount of subtle, rustic farmhouse texture to my office.
For about $150 and 4 hours of your time, you can’t beat this DIY faux brick wall!
Here’s another view:
And here’s a close up view:
What do you think? Leave me a comment down below!
And check out House Beautiful for even more accent wall ideas!
Or check out some of my other DIY farmhouse decor ideas:
- DIY Reverse Shiplap Wall for Under $75
- DIY Large Wall Calendar – See All 12 Months at One Time!
- DIY Basket Labels for Pretty Organization
- Easy Large DIY Wall Art Using Drop Cloths
And happy nesting!