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Anyone successfully created a 'fake' exposed brick wall?

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LindaBoughtApeaShooter Tue 09-May-17 20:55:02

I love the look but my house isn't built of lovely rustic bricks!

I've seen brick slips, brick tiles and faux brick panels (made from plaster) online. Only seen the tile IRL though.

Any recommendations? Or photos of your wall? Thanks.

TeamRick Wed 10-May-17 07:05:11

Watching with interest, I like this look too!
I have a sample of brick wall paper from Next which is pretty impressive but I'm concerned it's a bit naff! grin

Sallylondon Wed 10-May-17 07:37:28

Wallpaper IS a bit naff (sorry TeamRick) but at least it's easy to change. I am building an orangery extension and in two minds whether to have a wall of exposed brick or whether it will look incredibly 2017 in ten years time. I am coming round to the latter point of view.
I think it's becoming so overdone that it might only be good if it's genuine old bricks and not recreated from tiles / slips etc.

Kokusai Wed 10-May-17 08:27:06

Oh I think. Rick wallpaper would be quite naff, sorry!

My parents had lots of exposed brinknin their 70s build. Had it all plastered in about 2000. Now I guess exposed brick is abck in!

@Sallylondon go for the exposed brick, you can always get it plastered over later or painted white if you want when it starts to look dated.

LindaBoughtApeaShooter Wed 10-May-17 09:19:56

I want mine for the kitchen so wallpaper wouldn't work in there. My friend has it in her teenage son's bedroom and it looks quite cool there - he likes it anyway!

PigletJohn Wed 10-May-17 09:20:34

brickwork to be exposed needs to be designed and built that way from the start. Walls are mostly built with lightweight concrete blocks on the inside now, and if you ever pull the plaster off a Victorian house, or even a 1930's one, you will be shocked at the careless and clumsy way the wall was thrown up, with gaps, burnt and broken bricks being used where it was going to be hidden behind plaster.

Even a skilled bricklayer won't bother ironing the joints of an internal wall.

AmIAWeed Wed 10-May-17 09:22:18

We don't have an exposed wall as such, but had a fireplace built for the wood burning stove using reclaimed bricks, the bricky cut them in half so we essentially doubled up on coverage - may be worth investigating so you can have genuine bricks

LindaBoughtApeaShooter Wed 10-May-17 10:14:55

YY pigletjohn - no way our walls are suitable to be exposed they are built of something like breeze blocks but 1920s, not lovely Victorian brick!
Am I a weed - I've looked at brick slips but I'm concerned about the depth of them, we had them to line a fireplace and they look great but I want the 'brick' wall where the kitchen units are going to go and I'm worried about how they'd look against the work surface/how the upstanding would work.

PigletJohn Wed 10-May-17 10:38:51

bricks and mortar are naturally dusty. You can get glazed bricks but now very rare. I think used in Victorian public conveniences and pubs.

for a kitchen I think brick-like tiles and grey grout would be more practical.

TeamRick Wed 10-May-17 22:14:43

No offence taken!
I'm not fatally put off yet either! grin

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