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DIY Faux Brick Wall

Our first idea was to create a faux brick wall and as that idea marinated a bit, we thought what’s better than a brick wall? Answer: a brick wall with an world map painted on it. Obviously!

DIY Faux Brick Wall With World Map

Hi friends! We’re pretty proud of this project that we recently completed as a collaboration with Glidden Paint! You know we’re paint fanatics so we were especially excited about this one. Our first idea was to create a faux brick wall and as that idea marinated a bit, we thought what’s better than a brick wall? Answer: a brick wall with an world map painted on it. Obviously!

Project Materials:

How To DIY Faux Brick Accent Wall

Step 1 – Find the studs

Find the studs in your wall and hang your Faux Brick Panels to cover your wall. We hung ours with drywall screws.

Faux Brick Wall Panels Installed

Step 2 – Project image and trace

Using the projector, display your image on the brick wall and trace the edges with a chalk marker. We turned out the lights for tracing and it was much easier. We used a map of the world we found on the Silhouette Store

World Map To Outline Accent Wall

Shadow of world map to trace on brick accent wall

Step 3 – Spackle

Once you have your shape traced on the wall, use a putty knife to spread spackle around the wall in various places. This gives it a lot more texture and adds to the rustic look of the wall. It makes it SO much better in person rather than using just the brick panel. The spackle texture brought it to the next level for sure!

painting fake brick wall panels

Closeup of painted brick panels

Step 4 – “Dry Brush” your brick accent wall

Next, using your Glidden Paint (We used Dove White in Eggshell) and a dry paint brush, start to “dry brush” your wall. We chose this paint because it has fantastic coverage and going over a brick-like texture and dark red tones we could get the coverage we needed but also could scale back where we wanted it to look distressed. Apply more paint to your brush if you want more coverage and use a very light dipping for the dry-brush technique.

paint to use on faux brick wall

Painting Tip

You just want a teeny bit of paint on your brush to get the rustic, worn look. Not too much paint just yet!

With light strokes, cover your wall in random areas. On the part of the brick that we left exposed, we did this VERY lightly to make it look more worn and authentic.

paint brush to brick accent wall

painting fake brick wall with white paint

Step 5 – Painting

Next, you’ll want to fill in your wall with paint! We loved the variation of thin, dry brushed paint and fully painted sections. Where the walls join in the corners, you’ll want to do a heavier coat to make it blend into the other walls.

Once you have your wall covered to your liking, you’re done! It’s just a few steps and this entire process only took us a couple hours! Talk about time well spent! We LOVE how it turned out and now I’m dying to share the full room makeover with you.

diy fake brick accent wall

diy white brick accent wall
world map on brick accent wall with plant and chair

closeup of painted brick accent wall

Oh! The colorful Tribal pillow is from Target, chairs are from Past Vintage in downtown Mesa, AZ  (LOVE that place!) and the plant is from Home Depot. The cowhide rug is from Amazon and the faux fur rug is from Ikea.

Finished faux brick accent wall with world map

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  1. Fresh Salmon! I’m picking out new paint for one of our rooms right now, and that’s actually one of the top contenders. I love the balance of orange in the color, and it’s just muted enough to play nicely with all the other colors already in the room.

    This is such a great giveaway; thank you so much! Plus, that wall looks AMAZING.

  2. My review of Glidden paint: I was pleasantly surprised by the durability and coverage. We used it on a picket fence 12 years ago and it has been touched up but still hasn’t chipped or peeled!!!! I’m looking forward to using it again!

  3. My eyes immediately went to bright blue! And I may just have to replicate your awesome wall. Love it to pieces!!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Just recently used the semi-gloss exterior in Deep Forest Pine to repaint our garage outside and it worked great. Went on smoothly, didn’t lump or clump and dried quickly and just looked overall really nice!
    Left a review on glidden’s website

  5. I love this idea! It’s so creative. Who would have thought to use a projector to make the painting easier. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  6. Hi girls!
    I really enjoyed your post, and i really love the result (on the first picture).
    Did you take the picture yourself? If I want to use it for a communication for my work, who can I contact about this?

    Hope you will reply to my question, thanks a lot! 🙂



  7. This is so cool! I didn’t know you could get brick panels like this from Home Depot! I am currently renting and would love to do this in my apartment. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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