So, do you love that old, warm, inviting look of New Orleans buildings? Or old haciendas? Old France? Old Italy? Or just old? Want to have it in your home but don’t want to take a sledge hammer to your walls? Faux paint it in!
Here’s what you need to faux paint the walls with a classic wash and add exposed brick:
*Paint, water based in any color you want (you don’t need to buy the expensive faux paint. Just buy regular wall paint, flat is better for that “old” look. Quantity depends on size of your walls and how many you're going to paint)
*Get 1 color for the walls. 2 colors for the bricks (one light, one dark) 1 color for the “mortar”
*2 sponges. Again, forget the expensive faux paint sponges. You can buy big “Sea” sponges at your local Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, Michaels or Hobby Lobby, and a small one for the brick painting
*A couple of rags. (You'll end up throwing them away, so don't use anything you think you want to keep.)
*Two buckets or big bowls of water
*Two paint brushes, one about 2 to 3" wide, and one about 1/2" wide.
*A stencil for bricks. Buy one at your local hobby store, or you can make your own by merely cutting the brick stencil out of a piece of cardboard
*A chalk string to make your straight line for bricks or cobblestones. If you don't have one and don't want to buy one, use a tape measurer to measure from the floor up to where you want the bottom row to end, then the next row up, etc
*A tube of Delta Texture Magic Dimensional Paint from hobby store
*A small butter or spackling knife
Now you have all your supplies, so get started:
Faux Painting your Bricks and Mortar
Step One. Pick the spot(s) where you want those “old” bricks to show thru as if the wall has been crumbling for years. Pencil in an ouline of where and how you want your brick design on the wall. Making sure that you pencil in the ending of bricks that you want to be broken and distressed. You will want to stagger your rows of bricks so that they are not even, some bricks as in real life, will be half bricks, quarters or possibly three quarter brick. REMEMBER stagger that brick design.
Step Two. Tape your stencil to the wall within your jagged design and with a small sponge dab the colors you've chosen for the bricks. Remember bricks are not all one consistent color so some areas should be darker than others, and alternate between the two colors you've chosen. The secret to stenciling is go light, build up the paint depth and color slowly, so you don't bleed through and you can fix any problems with color if it is lighter.
Step Three. Add in the mortar color by using your small paint brush and dabbing it along the open space between the bricks.
Let the Painted Bricks Dry.
Adding the "disintegrating walls" around your bricks
Step One. Squeeze out some Texture Magic and start applying it either with your fingers or the spackle or butter knife, around the edges of that “crumbling wall” jagged design area, leaving a lip all around as if it’s the wall stucco hanging over the open brick space. On the outer edges of the Texture you've just added blend it onto your existing wall (easiest using your fingers). The Texture Magic should dry over night to ensure it is ready for paint.
Faux Painting your walls around your Exposed Bricks.
Step One. Faux Painting the wall. Start with an approximate 3' by 3' square at a time. Soak one of your rages, slightly wring it out, then apply a generous wash of water onto that square.
Step Two. Dip your brush into the paint for the walls and paint X's all over your 3x3 square, then take your wet rag, totally wringed out, and rub all over the X's until the entire 3 x 3 is covered. If your wall is smooth, it will merely be smoothed color, but if your wall is textured the paint will remain darker in the more textured areas.
Step Three. On either type of wall, now take your brush and add more paint to areas that you want darker texture, then using your sponge dab at that paint until you get the effect you want. Repeat as many times as necessary to get the look you want. When finished go on to the next 3 x 3 square and repeat these steps.
Take your time to work this through, step back, get an overview of your area, then fix what you believe is not right or needs a little more detail.
And Ta Da…you have your “old” wall(s).