So I was a little overjoyed when I found out that Lowe’s sold brick Masonite textured sheets at 25 bucks a pop.
The only problem with these is that they look a little like this:
And I wanted my brick to look a little more like this:
So I spent much of my Saturday distressing some brick
Here are the things you’re going to need:
- – Faux Brick Masonite
- – White paint
- – Black Paint
- – Brown Paint
- – A textured dollar store sponge
- – A spray bottle
- – Warm Water
- – A tiny drop of vinegar
- – Paper towels.
- – Foam brushes
- – Small paint brush
- – Paper plates for mixing
I wanted the bricks to look like they had that the worn white cement in between so I set out outlining the bricks in an off-white/brown/grey mix that I concocted carefully by just adding and mixing on a paper plate. Then I applied it to the gaps between the bricks with a foam brush and sometimes a small paint brush.
I didn’t mind if some lines were bigger than others because it looks way more natural and less processed that way. I let that dry, which didn’t take long in a very air conditioned apartment.
Then I went on to making the bricks look old.
Listen, there are a lot of tutorials on this out there… And I’ve watched/read a lot of them. But most of the processI learned from scenic painting so I encourage you to look at all the ways before you try this yourself. Most of the tutorials I found made the bricks look too white. I bought red brick panels because I still wanted some red brick to show through. But some enjoy the white washed brick approach so try em all!
Because I had our brick sheets cut down to 3×8 rather than 4 x 8 I had some pieces to try a few techniques out on before moving on to the main pieces for the door.
The first technique I tried was with a make your own spray paint mixture in a dollar store travel spray bottle. And then apply it by spraying and moving it around with a plastic bag. It looked ok, but it just wasn’t natural enough.
Then I picked up the same mixture I used for the cement in between the bricks and used the foam brush to put on a lot in one place. Then I grabbed the sponge and a spray bottle and put warm water plus a drop of vinegar. I sprayed the water on my paint mixture and used the sponge to move it pretty far across the bricks. If I wanted more brick to show I’d use a paper towel to wipe excess paint away and show more red brick. I left some areas untouched and some with a lot of white.
Also I used my hands. Don’t be afraid to get messy!
I’m pretty pleased with the result.
Hope this was helpful!