Several months ago, I walked into our dining room and in that very moment, I realized it just wasn’t working for me. A room that I spent so much time picking out the right paint color and decorating all French country, to the point where Pierre Deux (bless it’s out-of-business-heart) was splashed everywhere, and no longer fit on my radar. And in that instant, I didn’t like the room at all.
I headed to Pinterest and one of the first images that popped up was a photo of someone’s dining room with a brick accent wall. And that is how this whole DIY brick wall concept was born. I took my concept to Page Home Center, and together with Environmental StoneWorks, they were on board to help me see this project through.
I shared with you here, how Jay at Page Home Center helped coach me on the prep work for the wall, and the prep materials and mortar that Page Home Center supplied for the project. And I talked about how intense this project was here.
I would say the degree of difficulty of this DIY brick wall, on a scale of 1-10, was a 20.
It was hard.
Hard because the intensive prep work for the wall to accept the brick; getting the mortar the correct consistency; and laying brick is a skill that isn’t for the light at heart. Hard because this brick wall is going to be there forever and everything had to be done exactly right. No brick could be wasted, no mortar could be mixed wrong. This was a completely “on my game” project. This wall had to look amazing. Forever.
My goal was also to install a brick wall that looks as though it has been in our house since the beginning, which brings me to the brick itself. Here are the reasons why I love this brick from Environmental StoneWorks:
- It doesn’t look cookie cutter. There are no right angles anywhere on any brick.
- All the bricks have porous lines.
- Some bricks have wavy angles on the surface. Love that.
- The bricks, although new, look old.
- Because of all these points that I mentioned, laying the brick didn’t have to be exact. Pretty precise, but not exact.
For a beginner like me, this brick was a dream to work with. This DIY brick wall took me about 60 hours to complete, but I have narrowed it down for you to a little over a minute. Take a look at how I did it!
I have to pat myself on the back for this one. The DIY brick wall looks amazing. The brick totally warms up the dining room, and a room that was originally 4 walls with as many doors, now has true charm.
Good thing I like it, because it’s there forever!
A huge thank you to Page Home Center and Environmental StoneWorks for sponsoring this DIY brick wall!! All brick talk and opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer page for more information.