DIY Faux Brick Accent Wall

November 08, 2017

I've always wanted to do this faux brick wall, although most materials shown on Youtube DIYs are either not available in the Philippines, or are just way too expensive for my DIY Budget. Most that I've seen used, foam core (which is like 1,200+php just to fill out the space that I wanted filled) and Plastic welder (Which costs 1,000php and above), SO I'm doing it in a budget, and substituted some supplies.

 I thought of doing it with actual bricks but I'm just way to lazy to do it and to get the supplies. This is a bit hard to do, no kids should ever do this as it will deal with grown up tools. Now let's get on with it.

  • Ruler
  • 3x6inches Brick template (made out of scrap illustration board)
  • Pencil
  • Wood Burning Tool (substitute for plastic welder, There's a link at the end of the post where you can purchase this)
  • Spray paint
  • Styrofoam (substitute for foam core)
  • Thick 3M double sided tape

Step 1: Measure out the space you want to put your faux brick wall on. Mine was about 46x92inches, luckily I found these huge styrofoam thats 23x46inches so it took me 4 and a half slabs of this huge styrofoam to fill out the space.

Step 2: using your ruler draw horizontal lines on your styro, using the brick wall as spacing guide per row. do this till you reach the top

Tip: If you're using two or more styro boards draw your lines on them side to side so you'll have consistent spacing (DO THIS ON STEP 3 AS WELL)

Step 3: Using your brick template draw vertical lines  to complete your brick shapes. For the second row, place the center of your brick template on the line below to have that alternating brick thing. Do this per row.

Tip: you can draw a vertical line in the center of your brick template so you'll have a guide. I'm just eyeballing it in this DIY.

Note: do this with utmost precision and care as you cannot erase the markings later on.

Step 4: Pre-heat your melting tool (Wood burner, Soldering iron, or plastic welder) for 3 minutes, and test it out on a scrap styro, if the scrap styro starts to melt then it's good to go

Step 5: Using your melting tool trace over the brick lines you made. Don't worry it doesn't have to be perfect, you just need to be very careful with using the melting tool as the damages are irreversible

Tip: If you're not so confident with using a melting tool, use a thick carpentry groves to protect your hand. ALSO a safety precaution, inhaling melted styro is bad for your health so make sure to use a mask when doing this, and do it in a well ventilated area as well.

Step 6: Add details using your melting tool, you can scratch the surface of your bricks, to make them have this authentic chirped brick look and dont forget to melt the edges so it wouldn't look like a slab. step 6 is basically about adding authenticity

Step 7: Spray paint the entire thing with the color that you want, I'm sticking with white cuz it goes so well with my gray walls. Then leave it to dry

Tip: Spray for about a foot and a half away from the styro, cuz spray painting the styro at a very close distance will cause the styro to melt. It's good to test out your paint at a scrap styro first.

Substitution for spray paint;

  • Water based paint: Apply elmer's glue on the surface first, let it dry and start painting (the reason why we use elmers glue is for adherance, the paint will not adhere to the styro without the dry glue)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Styrofoam Paint

Step 8: once it's dry you can now place it on your wall, styro is a bit light weight and a lot of 3M double sided tape will do the job. (The reason why I'm recomending a high grade double sided tape like 3M is because cheap double sided tapes cannot carry the weight of the styroboard)

Tip: When you're using double sided tape on your wall, make sure to air it out first before applying to the wall, what I mean by this is, once you have placed your double sided tape on your styro, take off the cover tape and let it breathe for about 20 seconds before adhering the styro to the wall. Press the area where the double sided tape is and hold for about 30 seconds.

And you're done

For the cost of DIY I'm doing it in comparison to what Youtubers from other countries use. That way, you'll understand why I substituted a lot of materials, cuz the prices in our countries differ hugely.

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What It Would Cost To Get YouTubers Certified Materials:
Foam Core (available at Hardware Stores)                             1,200php
Plastic Welder (available at hardware stores)                         1,000php
Spray Paint (available at hardware stores)                                   80php
Double Sided Tape (available at hardware or book stores)        150php

Total:                                                                                         2,430php
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What my DIY Cost:
23x46 Styrofoam Board x 4 (available at bookstores)               400php
Wood Burner (available at lazada, link below                         400php
Spray Paint (available at hardware stores)                                   80php
Double Sided Tape (available at hardware or book stores)        150php

Total:                                                                                         1,030php

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I saved about 1,430php. by substituting materials which will also give you the same exact results

  • We at Sky's Not The Limit understand that melting styro is bad for the environment, therefore we suggest that you only do this is small doses, and don't do it several times for huge projects.
  • You can scratch out marking mistakes by scratching the surface with wood burner
  • The more rugged and imperfect it looks the more authentic it'll seem
  • If you're doing this behind a hanging TV like I did, cut out the shape first before applying.
  • You can also chisel using the wood burner or cutter a pathway for wires at the back of the board to hide those un wanted TV wires, I thought of this idea only after I've attached it to the wall that's why my cables are still showing

Thank you so much for sticking with me till the end, I love this accent wall so much, it adds more character to my room. If you like this DIY make sure to visit my previous DIY Traveler's "I was here" corkboard


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