Doesn’t this brick wall look real?
Historic and authentic and brickalicious.
Like maybe back when the settlers were a thing, the masons carried dozens of bricks bleached by the sun up from the river and carefully laid them in place, stack after stack, row after row.
To quote a famous american, Cher from Clueless, “As if.”
It’s removeable wallpaper.
I kind of can’t believe it either.
And I’m living with it.
It took about an afternoon to go up and here’s the 411 on how we did it.
(total aside: does anyone even call 411 any more?)
Step 1: Start with a blank wall
I think this project works best on an accent wall. It eliminates the challenge of matching the brick on the side walls.
You want to make sure your wall (and the molding) is scrubbed down and clean. You don’t want any cobwebs caught up in the sticky side of the wallpaper.
2. Unroll the package of wallpaper and lay out the pieces
It comes in a small tube.
You want to look for the number on each piece because they go in order.
Each piece has a removeable back (it totally reminds me of contact paper that worked out a lot and got big and strong).
Step 3: Start with first piece of paper
It’s a good idea to start in a corner and use a level.
This is the crucial piece.
If this piece is straight, the rest of the pieces look amazing.
If not, your bricks will look sea sick.
We taped it in place to make sure it was level and added little pencil hash marks as a guide.
4. Peel away backing and trim
All you do is line up the paper on the hashmarks and peel off the backing.
Use the hashmarks as a guide to keep it in place.
Go slowly and evenly, to prevent bubbles from forming.
You could even use a sponge or something with a flat edge to go over the paper once it’s in place.
Once you have it exactly where you want it, trim off the excess around counter tops, etc.
5. Repeat for remaining pieces of wallpaper
We put the next piece up and the next piece after that in the same way until the entire wall was finished.
Then we went back and pieced in any gaps (around countertops and cabinets) and trimmed away the excess.
6. Trim at the bottom
One quick tip. We waited until all the pieces were up until we trimmed the bottom.
It was easier to get a straight line across the bottom next to the molding if all the pieces were in place.
Here’s a few additional facts:
1. It only took about an afternoon to put up the entire wall (which measures about 12 feet by 8 feet tall).
2. It really was as easy as it looks to put up.
3. It’s the perfect project for homeowners or people who don’t really like the permanancy of wallpaper or renters (or people who change their mind a lot like me).
4. Ask me any questions in case I forgot to mention something in the post.
5. We put up the wallpaper in partnership with Walls Need Love and you can find the brick wallpaper here.
6. I hope I made the settlers proud. 🙂
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