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

how to get brick accent wall with faux brick

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  • Reply
    Hannah Joy
    August 26, 2015 at 6:37 am

    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.

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      Mallory & Savannah
      August 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Hannah!

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      August 28, 2015 at 9:50 am

      My favorite Glidden paint is Approaching Storm!

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    Hannah Joy
    August 26, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Shared a review on Glidden.com for premium paint+primer interior flat

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      Mallory & Savannah
      August 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Hannah! Good luck on the giveaway! Thanks for stopping by!

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    August 26, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Love the wall! I could use some paint for my Dining room project! Pure white in eggshell!

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    Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    August 26, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Oh wow, this looks amazing. Love it.

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    Jessica Panos
    August 26, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I am craving a dark wall so I would choose the dark onyx for my living room with gold accents!

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    Jessica Panos
    August 26, 2015 at 9:45 am

    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!

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    sarah r
    August 26, 2015 at 10:04 am

    i’m so easy… just the pure white gives me all the heart eyes.

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    Yvette Kokaliares
    August 26, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I would love pure white in eggshell or pink ballet for my Arys room;)

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    Jill Nelson
    August 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Icy teal! Beautiful!!

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    Ashleigh Hall
    August 26, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I love Shaded Brook in Satin. I am going to paint our son’s bathroom this color this weekend!

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    August 26, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Crisp Linen White

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    August 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    the granite grey color is beautiful and versatile

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    Cindy Brooks
    August 27, 2015 at 1:13 am

    I like Glidden’s “Powder Pink”

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    Rachel Geertsema
    August 27, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I love Mayapple Yellow! Perfect for an accent wall!

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    August 27, 2015 at 11:13 am

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

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    Ashley C
    August 27, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I’d love to paint my bathroom Washed Teal!


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      Mallory & Savannah
      September 9, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Hi Ashley!!!

      You’re our giveaway winner of a $50 Home Depot card! We will be in touch shortly via email.


      Mallory & Savannah

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    August 28, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Dewy Iris would be great for my daughter’s room.

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    August 28, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Approaching Storm is my fave! Love love love the map wall.

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    Erika W.
    August 28, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I love the Dove White 10BB color. I want to repaint my entire interior one of these days.

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    Kelly D
    August 28, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I like the Atlantis Blue color on their site.

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    August 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I love the color Bluegrass White!

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    Susan D.
    August 28, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I love the Sublime Lime color!

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    Dianne hall
    August 28, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Silver birch is very pretty

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    August 29, 2015 at 4:30 am

    I’m crushing on Early Frost

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    Kim Henrichs
    August 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Awesome project!! I’m in love with their Hawaiian Teal!

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    August 29, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    “Echo lake aqua” is the best

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    August 31, 2015 at 5:58 am

    My favorite color is the Deep Wine – 75RR 06/129

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    August 31, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Love the greys/charcoals – Seal Grey for a project in my son’s room, I think. Thank you!!

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    Nike Peterson
    August 31, 2015 at 11:48 am

    My two favorite Glidden colors are Red Geranium ❤️ and Jungle Vine ?.

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    August 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Glacier Lake is my favorite color for the living room.

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    Susan Christy
    August 31, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Orange Slice! Plan to paint my laundry room this gorgeous color.

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    Denise K
    August 31, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Tawny Grey!!

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    Ellen Ross
    September 1, 2015 at 5:33 am

    I looove Icy Teal!

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    September 1, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I like the misty emerald lake color!

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    September 1, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I like Wild Truffle

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    September 1, 2015 at 10:34 am

    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

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    Emily Smith
    September 1, 2015 at 10:56 am

    It’s a toss up between Bermuda Bay and Tropical Lagoon.

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    Stephanie Coldwell
    September 1, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Pacific Coast Blue is BEAUTIFUL!!

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    September 2, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I like Glacier Lake.

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    Lisa Brown
    September 4, 2015 at 5:57 am

    I love Caledon Hills 30GY 51/294; would work great for kitchen cabinets.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    December 14, 2015 at 9:01 am

    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.

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    January 27, 2016 at 5:41 am

    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! 🙂



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    February 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    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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