DIY Faux Brick Tutorial ~ Budget Decor

Today’s the day!! I’ve been telling you that I was working hard to not only get some major steps done in our kitchen remodel, but also create a video tutorial so you can do it too. {{applause}} I’m all about brick – old brick, new brick, brick on the walls, brick on the floors…I love it! So, without further adieu, here is my DIY faux brick tutorial and an update to my kitchen.

Create the look of whitewashed (German schmear) brick and spend half the money. Easy video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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You are not going to believe how EASY this is. Seriously. When you take over 2 years to remodel your kitchen, laundry, and dining, and you’re like me, you tend to…ummm…keep adding to the project. ahem. Did we plan to cut open our doorway in the beginning? NO. Though we had planned brick, just not taking a saw to our wall. haha. However, what fun is that if we don’t do what we want while we’re up to our eyeballs in a hot mess anyway? Here is our tiny doorway in the before. Never mind the clutter and junk everywhere, k? Our living room is on our remodel hit list, but until then is a storage container. I’m so ready to have my house back.

Kitchen Doorway Before |

After many years of knocking my knuckles on the door frame while carrying my laundry basket, or trying to squeeze a piece of furniture I need to stage through there brought me to the conclusion that it was time to break out the saw. Truth be told that JC didn’t want to do it. Not because he didn’t like the idea, but because his remodel list just got longer. Gotta love me!


Here’s the view from the other side looking in. See how small it is? JC grabbed his circular saw and had at it. At this point I’m screaming, “YAHOOOOO!!”

Opposite View into Kitchen |

Cutting Doorway Opening Wider |


One of the benefits of living in a home with wood walls is that we can cut and have at it like nobody’s business. Drywall doesn’t afford you such easy steps for sure, but it can be done just the same. Once he got the side opened up, we traced our arch onto the top and broke out the Sawzall. That was a gift to self in the first year I earned a paycheck from blogging. Woot! Remember my motto: #toolsoverjewels!! Oh, and notice the cutie standing by…always in a leotard to be ready to dance. That’s my girl!

Cutting Doorway Arch with Sawzall |

Saw dust settles and JC is feeling pumped that he did it. I’m doing a happy dance at how easy that was AND that JC actually did it and I didn’t have to. (cause you know I would have if he didn’t) haha.

Finished Arched Doorway Opening |


Now for the fun part. I have been adding this brick paneling in our laundry around my ducting to make a faux chimney look. You can get these sheets at your local home improvement store for about $25 for a 4′ x 8′ sheet. Here it is unfinished. It is currently finished like the other brick, but wanted to show you it in the “before”.

Brick Duct Before Faux Finish in Laundry |

In my oven cleaning tutorial, I showed you that we custom built a cabinet for our new double-oven and then added brick to it.

Double Oven with Faux Brick Treatment by Prodigal Pieces | Tutorial to follow at

Here it is in the rough while I was working on it.

Painting Oven Brick Surround |

First Coat of DIY Faux Brick Effect by Prodigal Pieces |

It’s so easy that even my kids were helping me. Oh, and notice yet another leotard so at a moment’s notice she can break out and dance. I love it.

Toddler Helping Mama with Faux Brick Treatment |


Once done with that, I continued behind our refrigerator. Why? Because I’m one of those that believes you should complete a job right. Will anyone see it? Maybe. Maybe not. But…I know it’s done and our half-wit house, as I like to call it, is not half-wit anymore. tee hee.

Faux Whitewashed Brick Behind Refrigerator |


The brick continues under the cabinets and around the door where it will meet our new tile in the corner.

Faux Brick Backsplash Before |

Applying Faux Brick with Whitewashed German Schmear as Backsplash |

Here’s the doorway in the rough waiting for the DIY faux brick whitewashed look I’m showing you today. We’ve cut the panels with our jigsaw, and JC is awesome at making sure all the panels match up. I cut all the small brick pieces with the jigsaw as well. We then attached it all with a heavy-duty paneling adhesive and stuck them on using our nailer. So much easier than putting up brick AND if we ever want to change it out, we just pop the paneling off.Faux Brick Before Whitewashed German Schmear Technique by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


So, are you ready to see how easy this is? I’ve got the full video for you below. I’d love for you to come subscribe to my YouTube channel to see all my other tutorials. And for those that can’t make use of the video, I have the full tutorial written out below as well. Be sure to hang around for the awesome prize packages below.

Okay, so you want to give this a try? Here’s what you’ll need:



Step 1

Let’s get started! First, you can pick any color you like as they have oodles of choices to match your decor. These are fantastic neutrals that go well most anywhere. The best part is you can practice on scrap before giving it a go on your wall. I actually suggest you do this to get a feel for the technique.

First, begin by prepping your floor or any other areas with dropcloths, etc. Pick one of your colors to start with and apply it quickly to about 5 sections of brick in a completely random manner. You want to work in small sections so that paint stays moist for blending. If you notice, I brushed it out in my pictures, and in my video kinda blobbed it on. Either way works fine.

Applying First Color of Faux Brick Layers |

Step 2

Next, work your way through each color until you’ve applied them all.

Applying Additional Colors for Faux Brick Effect |

Step 3

Once all the paint colors have been applied, grab your rag and begin to blend the colors wiping side to side horizontally. Don’t worry about getting it in the grout lines because they will be covered up. If you feel the paint is drying too quickly, use your spray bottle and lightly mist before blending.

Blending Faux Brick Colors |

After I finish a section, I go on to the next section and do all the paint I want to do at that time. Then, I move onto the next step.

Step 4

Now it’s time to grab your topping joint compound and your putty knife. Get a small bead of compound on your putting knife and smear a bit of compound working horizontally in random spots – like doing a skim-coat of each brick.

Applying Joint Compound to Faux Brick |

After the compound is applied, take a rag, even the one you just used for paint, and pounce it to create a stippled effect (or bumps). We’re looking to create texture, so have at it and have fun. After you’re done, let the compound cure for about 20-30 minutes. When you clean up the compound tools, make sure to do so outside as you don’t want to plug up your pipes with it inside. Same goes for the next step.

Step 5

Your compound is cured (hard to the touch) and we’re ready to get messy. haha! This is where you will need to allow the most time since the first steps go so fast. You’ll need your grout, a medium empty can or container, and the same putty knife you just used.

Place a grapefruit sized amount of grout in your container and close up the tub of grout to prevent it from drying out. Working in small batches again as you did with the paint, swipe across the grout lines (swipe vertically across horizontal lines, and horizontally across vertical lines), filling each line wiping excess off as you go. I like to hold my can of grout underneath my hand as I work to catch the excess and have less waste.

Applying Grout for Faux Brick Effect by Prodigal Pieces |

As soon as you’ve wiped in the last bit in the area you are working in, grab your brick jointer. Use the ½ end and begin to press and slide down each vertical brick joint. Do those first and then press and slide across each horizontal grout line.

Mason Brick Jointer for DIY Faux Brick Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Repeat this process until your entire brick area has had grout applied. Let cure for about 30 minutes to and hour or longer until cured.

Step 6

You can stop at the last step if you like the look of the grout as-is, or if you’re like me I like even more texture, so I add a hint of color. In addition, I chose to use a brown wax, but there are other colors too.

My goal is to highlight all the nooks and crannies and warm up the colors a bit to create an earthy feel. To get the look, I place a small amount of wax in a separate container to keep from getting the sand in my can of wax. Then, I use my Square Brush and lightly pick up a bit of wax and brush it across the grout lines and brick to catch the raised parts creating definition.

Here is a side-by-side comparison of with the wax and without:

Wax Comparisons for Faux Brick Wall by Prodigal Pieces |

Either way, it’s fun to experiment and give this DIY faux brick treatment a try.

Finished Faux Brick Doorway with Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


Feel free to ask any questions as I am happy to help. What’s next for us is waiting for the local wood shop to drill holes for us to mount our reclaimed open shelving on the adjoining wall. While waiting, we are hanging our tile and building our custom range hood. I’ve had parts for that hood from an old house for several years just waiting for their new purpose. I can’t wait!

Last, do pin and share this DIY faux brick video tutorial to inspire others to give DIY a try and make their house their home. It doesn’t have to break the bank and it’s FUN!!

WOWZA!! Can you believe that is fake brick? Come see the DIY Faux Brick Tutorial with video of how to get this done in a day. So easy!! By Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Up next I will be giving this thrifted find a makeover. See the after in this post HERE.

Thrifted Storage Box Before Makeover |

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  • Christina in SW FL

    Larissa, your brick wall looks great. It really fits with your kitchen. I see you put brick on the inside of the arch but what did you do to the other side?
    I think I would use the Dixie Bell paints to make some signs. 🙂

    February 27, 2018 at 6:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      When we remodel the other room, we will either trim in brick or are creating custom woodwork.

      February 27, 2018 at 6:22 am Reply
    • Robin Summers

      That wall looks amazing, I need a back splash in my kitchen and this gives me more options.

      February 27, 2018 at 4:50 pm Reply
      • Larissa

        I’m so happy to hear it, Robin. 😀

        February 27, 2018 at 7:21 pm Reply
      • Kim V


        March 1, 2018 at 10:37 pm Reply
  • Karen R

    Looks great! Hard to believe it’sbrick paneling & not real brick

    February 27, 2018 at 6:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Karen! We are so pleased with it.

      February 27, 2018 at 6:22 am Reply

    Beautifully done and a great way to get the look your’re going for but in a less permanent way!

    February 27, 2018 at 6:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! Being that I like to change it up so much. haha.

      February 27, 2018 at 8:34 am Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    Great job

    February 27, 2018 at 7:02 am Reply
  • Lisa Viles

    It looks great!

    February 27, 2018 at 7:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you.

      February 27, 2018 at 8:35 am Reply
      • Kim

        It’s beautiful Larissa. Question, how did you get the look of a full brick on the underside and facade of the arch?

        April 18, 2019 at 11:32 am Reply
        • Larissa

          Thank you, Kim. I just cut long strips for up to the arch on each side, and one small strip to trim the arch. Then, a small strip for the arch – this stuff is flexible.

          April 18, 2019 at 2:04 pm Reply
  • Sandra Skeem

    It’s coming along so well!

    February 27, 2018 at 8:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m trying to be patient. 😉

      February 27, 2018 at 8:35 am Reply
  • shannon Hendrix

    Looks really good. I would use the paint to paint my dining room chairs.

    February 27, 2018 at 8:08 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I have an end table I’d like to paint.

    February 27, 2018 at 8:11 am Reply
  • Elizabeth R

    Beautiful… as always…. y’all are so creative! I’ve pinned it for later.

    February 27, 2018 at 8:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy to hear it. Thanks!

      February 27, 2018 at 8:35 am Reply
  • Beffers

    Not only does it look great but it’s awesome to see every one pitching in to help.

    February 27, 2018 at 8:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We have the best team!

      February 27, 2018 at 8:52 am Reply
  • Bobye

    What a fun project.

    February 27, 2018 at 9:20 am Reply
  • Sheila Ahern

    Nice Work!

    February 27, 2018 at 9:21 am Reply
  • Shelly McDaniels

    Never heard of a remodel that was ever finished! Always a work in progress with updates! Looking great Larissa!

    February 27, 2018 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Just like owning the Golden Gate Bridge. 🙂

      February 27, 2018 at 9:42 am Reply

      It isn’t just remodels. We built our house fifty years ago and I have learned that from the first dime you spend on a house you never own the house, it owns you. You are correct, it is a constant, never ending, process. And, then you start over again.

      March 1, 2018 at 1:32 pm Reply
  • Frances Batson

    Looks amazing! Love it. I have a bookshelf I have wanted to paint for years. Hopefully by next week weather permitting.

    February 27, 2018 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy to hear it!

      February 27, 2018 at 9:42 am Reply
  • Ginny

    Great job! I would use the paint on something small like a shelf or picture frame. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!

    February 27, 2018 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Sounds like fun.

      February 27, 2018 at 9:44 am Reply
  • Lee Oliverio

    Love love love it! Brick is one of my favorites, as well. I would paint my dining table & chairs. Thanks!

    February 27, 2018 at 10:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Mine too! Sounds like a plan. 😀

      February 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm Reply
  • kimmylouwho

    Just wondering the history of your house with wood walls? I remember my grandparents’ cabin had wood walls too. You are putting a lot of love into your renovation! I would use the paints to redo a nightstand for my guest room. Have had it in my garage for a year and it needs to get finished!

    February 27, 2018 at 10:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s a Gunnison home built back in 1950’s for soldiers returning home. My whole neighborhood is full of them. Nice homes that were affordable.

      February 27, 2018 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Maureen Clipperton

    Brick work looks great! I’d like to paint my large office desk.

    February 27, 2018 at 11:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Sounds like a good one. 🙂

      February 27, 2018 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Jane

    I love a project that comes out just the way I wanted. And that looks so easy! Very nice.

    February 27, 2018 at 11:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both! Thank you.

      February 27, 2018 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Deanne

    Would love to try it….!

    February 27, 2018 at 11:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s super easy…really! Hope you give it a try.

      February 27, 2018 at 4:05 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    I have been contemplating using these “brick” panels and like you I don’t plan to leave them as-is.

    February 27, 2018 at 12:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet! When JC was checking out with the panel wondering about my idea, a lady came up to him and said emphatically, “WHERE did you get that??”. He was beaming when he came out of the store. haha!!

      February 27, 2018 at 4:05 pm Reply
  • Kathleen

    That day when the kitchen is all done, you make a meal, sit down at the table and gaze upon the results is THE BEST day! Soon!!

    February 27, 2018 at 12:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! And then my gaze goes to the family room screaming at me to remove the beyond disgusting berber carpet and repair the roof leaks and dropping ceiling. haha!! never-ending. 😉 Thanks for the love!

      February 27, 2018 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Rhonda

    What lovely texture and color this has created. Looks great!

    February 27, 2018 at 1:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Rhonda. We all love it. 😀

      February 27, 2018 at 4:06 pm Reply
  • Nancy Gamache

    AMAZING! Looks beautiful!!!

    February 27, 2018 at 1:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my day! Thank you!

      February 27, 2018 at 4:07 pm Reply
  • Emily Nelson

    That looks AMAZING!

    February 27, 2018 at 2:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yahoo!! I”m delighted to hear it. We think so too. 😉

      February 27, 2018 at 4:07 pm Reply
  • Brandi Kilpatrick

    I love it! You are such an inspiration!

    February 27, 2018 at 2:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Brandi, you’re the best! Thank you so much for the smile. 😀

      February 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm Reply
  • Cindy Downing

    Absolutely gorgeous, looks so real. I want to do this same thing in my new kitchen

    February 27, 2018 at 2:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Super fun to do and see quick results. I think I’m brick addicted!

      February 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm Reply
  • Laura Forehand

    Great Idea! Thank you 🙂

    February 27, 2018 at 3:54 pm Reply
  • Denise

    I applaud your creativity!

    February 27, 2018 at 4:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so sweet!

      February 27, 2018 at 7:20 pm Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Looks beautiful! Amazing job!!

    February 27, 2018 at 4:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! We are delighted with it.

      February 27, 2018 at 7:20 pm Reply
  • Tammy Shelton

    I could use some Dixie Belle on the 12 Vintage Jewelry Boxes I’m working on! Love ALL your projects nd creativity so much!

    February 27, 2018 at 4:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wow! You go girl!

      February 27, 2018 at 7:21 pm Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    Congratulations! It looks like you’re nearing the finish line.

    February 27, 2018 at 5:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So close! I’m not holding my breath though. haha!

      February 27, 2018 at 7:21 pm Reply
  • Rose Paul

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! I have 2 dressers that need to be painted

    February 27, 2018 at 6:02 pm Reply
  • Pamela

    Great job! Looks like its always been there. Can’t wait to see your whole kitchen reveal. I know how it is when your house is in long term remodel, it took about 1 1/2 years to do our master bed/bath remodel,lol! Must of added at least a dozen changes 🤣

    February 27, 2018 at 6:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! Thanks for the compliment! You sound just like me. haha!

      February 27, 2018 at 7:22 pm Reply
  • Stacy Truex

    Looks wonderful!! Hopefully whenthe weather warms up I will get my kitchen cabinets done!

    February 27, 2018 at 6:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Stacy. 😀

      February 27, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply
  • Judy Lincicum

    I love your brick wall, turned out beautiful! I am painting a chair and reupholstering too. I need Dixie Belle in Drop Cloth!

    February 27, 2018 at 7:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      We love it too. Thanks! That’s one of my faves!

      February 27, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply
  • Teri

    You know I always love to see what your creative mind is up to next! This turned out fantastic, thank you for sharing Larissa.😘😘

    February 27, 2018 at 8:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Teri, you’re the best!!

      February 28, 2018 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Rhonda

    You inspired me to start chalk painting and use Dixie Belle Paint.

    February 27, 2018 at 8:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful! That makes me smile that you’re willing to try. It’s what it’s all about. 😀

      February 28, 2018 at 10:19 am Reply
  • Kayla Starr-Smith

    Wow! What a huge difference to the look of your space! I absolutely love it! You guys did a fabulous job 🙂 I might just have to find something to try that on!

    February 27, 2018 at 8:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…you go girl! Thank you for saying so.

      February 28, 2018 at 10:19 am Reply
  • Kim

    I love the look of the brick!

    I would paint my kitchen cabinets with Dixie Belle Paint.

    February 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m slightly addicted. tee hee!

      February 28, 2018 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Lisa Wilson

    Looks so amazing!

    February 27, 2018 at 8:35 pm Reply
  • Lisa Harrison

    Love this and LOVE DIXIE BELLE PAINT!!!

    February 27, 2018 at 8:36 pm Reply
  • Christina kintyhtt

    Wonderful job as always just love

    February 27, 2018 at 8:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the hug, Christina. 🙂

      February 28, 2018 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Cindy Leonard

    So creative. Im always in awe of how a creative mind work. Great job.

    February 27, 2018 at 9:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      This was so fun to share and do. Thank you!

      February 28, 2018 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Pam Lutes

    OMG! Love it

    February 27, 2018 at 9:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear it.

      February 28, 2018 at 10:21 am Reply
  • Cathy Chandler

    I thought this application of the brick boards and painting them to look old school was genius.
    It is something that is totally reproducible.

    February 27, 2018 at 9:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Fantastic! Thanks so much. It was a long time coming as I’ve been scheming for the two years. haha!

      February 28, 2018 at 10:25 am Reply
  • Tammy

    So creative! I just used Dixie Bell to rescue an old farm table and love it. My kitchen cupboards are next! Thanks for the inspiration!

    February 27, 2018 at 9:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome! Their products do such wonders indeed.

      February 28, 2018 at 10:25 am Reply
  • Naomi S.

    Since I am not a real experienced painter of anything but walls, I think I would start with a small piece of furniture with the Dixie Bell paint.

    I do love the look of your brick wall. I’d like to try doing something with that look. Thanks for the tutorial.

    February 27, 2018 at 9:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like a game plan. 😀

      February 28, 2018 at 10:25 am Reply
  • Kaycee F

    Larissa, your kitchen is really looking good with this arched and bricked wall! All the long hours and hard work you guys are putting into the remodel are truly paying off!! Well done guys!!!

    February 27, 2018 at 11:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      High five, Kaycee!!

      February 28, 2018 at 10:25 am Reply
  • Charlene

    Good work ! One person’s “mess” is another person’s “creative process” !!!!!! I’ve been there many times before & will be there again. No, wait… I’m still there !!! 🙂

    February 27, 2018 at 11:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I am always in it…always. tee hee hee!!

      February 28, 2018 at 10:26 am Reply
  • Brenda

    Easy you say? Maybe for you who is so obviously creatively gifted but for us less fortunate (me) it would be a disaster. But I am just happy to enjoy your talent. Thanks for sharing it looks awesome.

    February 27, 2018 at 11:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Not at all. This couldn’t be any easier. All you have to do is try! 😉

      February 28, 2018 at 10:26 am Reply
  • malinda pelkey

    You always work magic, I’m impressed!

    February 27, 2018 at 11:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Malinda!

      February 28, 2018 at 10:26 am Reply
  • Michelle Hengel

    Your bricks looks incredible! Darn near real,I really can’t quite believe it. You did a fantastic job & explained the process so well. One question. When you were using the grout tool you mentioned in the written form ( not watched video as it’s late & House is quiet & want to keep it that way), to swipe or rub the grout vertical & vertical first! Which is it please? We built our home 18 years ago & have been under a major remodeling for the past two years. You will not believe this but I’ve had my eye on this brick in. Lighter shade to refinish by basement rec room to match the fireplace (hearth room) etc, it would look fabulous down there. I love what you did with it in you kitchen we just re-finished & took out & replaced lol the old granite (recycled of course into cutting boards & another bathroom) & refinished our hardwood floors & I stripped, sanded & re-stained my solid wood cabinets it’s breath taking.

    February 28, 2018 at 12:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oops! One tired mama here. 😉 I changed the text above, but first vertical, then horizontal. The video is the best to get the details. 😉 Sounds like you’re a rockin’ DIYer!

      February 28, 2018 at 10:27 am Reply
  • Karen Baumgardner

    Yours is the prettiest faux brick I’ve seen !!! Can’t wait to try it. I just got a small jar of that paint in the duck blue but haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. I’d love to win another color, I’m always painting something…thanks!

    February 28, 2018 at 1:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…thanks! I’m so happy that we gave it a try and did a little extra. You and me both!

      February 28, 2018 at 10:28 am Reply
  • Leslie Madison

    I had this paneling up in my house when we moved here, I whitewashed it since it was so dark. Finally took it down about 2 years ago. I liked it but it was time for a change. I love painting anything, I have some wood stools that need an update so I think that would be the first to get painted if I won.

    February 28, 2018 at 6:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Fun! That’s why I went with this in case me or the next owner wants to change it up without much fuss. Couldn’t be easier. 🙂

      February 28, 2018 at 10:28 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    Love it! I’m trying to think of a place/wall in my house that would look good brick.

    February 28, 2018 at 9:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Worth a try! Have fun, Rebecca. 🙂

      February 28, 2018 at 10:29 am Reply
  • Mike Macon

    Always awesome information. Love it!

    February 28, 2018 at 9:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Mike.

      February 28, 2018 at 10:30 am Reply
  • Kim N

    Your kitchen is going to be some kind of awesomeness!

    February 28, 2018 at 10:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I love your exuberance!! Thank you!

      February 28, 2018 at 10:38 am Reply
  • Tiffany

    Ahh, love your blog so much! Thanks for sharing!

    February 28, 2018 at 1:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Tiffany!

      February 28, 2018 at 9:12 pm Reply
  • Becky

    I was so excited to see that you have some kitchen progress!!! Yay! Two years of living with a torn up and shuffled around house… wow. We just did that all last summer, and one summer was ENOUGH for me! You are going to be SOOOO relived to get this one done, haha! Lovely brick walls!
    I have a growing “To Paint” list. Walls, furniture… 9 kids WILLl wear a place out, haha!!!

    February 28, 2018 at 2:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You ain’t kiddin. We took last summer to work on our outdoor projects, but still did some kitchen work. Still…too long. I need my home back soon! 😀

      February 28, 2018 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Penny

    Have an old cedar wardrobe that needs some TLC & paint too!!!

    February 28, 2018 at 6:46 pm Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Love the faux brick!! First thing I would paint is a small boring armoire that’s in my bedroom. It needs a facelift!

    March 1, 2018 at 7:38 am Reply
  • Carol

    I absolutely LOVE the curvature over the doorway!! My favorite paint is DB dropcloth.

    March 1, 2018 at 7:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I had to do something to spice it up. woot!

      March 1, 2018 at 9:59 am Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    I love the brick! Thanks for the giveaway!

    March 1, 2018 at 7:57 am Reply
  • Carole

    Larissa! You never cease to amaze me! What a cool idea. Now you have me thinking that I NEED that in my kitchen too! Finally getting my table done, and it’s on to the bedroom! I would use the paint for a vanity that will be in there.

    March 1, 2018 at 8:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha! I have had that need for 2 years and finally seeing it makes me sigh relief. Glad you like it too!

      March 1, 2018 at 10:01 am Reply
  • gwen

    I love the look of this ‘painted’ brick, and the archway brick makes it look even more authentic! I agree with you to do the entire wall behind the refrigerator, and am curious if you tile all the way to the walls under your cabinets.
    thanks for the video too, it really encourages me (more than photos) that I could do this!

    March 1, 2018 at 8:51 am Reply
  • Bev

    Neat idea. I also love your countertops. We are debating whether to change up ours…hubby suggested granite. However, I love the look of butcher block–looks warmer to me. Can you give me any suggestions and info on upkeep. How do they hold up?

    March 1, 2018 at 8:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks. Upkeep is not a problem at all, just depends on how you want to handle it. Some use a lacquer like we did, other treat monthly with an oil. All add charm and character.

      March 1, 2018 at 10:02 am Reply
  • Cathy

    Love this treatment! I can’t wait to see the kitchen reveal!

    March 1, 2018 at 9:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both! 😀

      March 1, 2018 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Nancy

    Beautiful outcome! You and your husband make it look easy!

    March 1, 2018 at 9:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It seriously was so easy. You gotta try it! 😀

      March 1, 2018 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Kristina

    So pretty! Remember that old Z-brick that was popular back in the 70″s? It was faux brick that was cemented onto walls. It seemed every home I owned for my early years had it and I hated it and always painted over that ugly “red”. Now looking back with the new design trends I wonder if those homes still have my painted Z-brick!

    March 1, 2018 at 11:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes!! I like that these come of easier if I care to change and are so easy to hang. They just may still have it!

      March 1, 2018 at 12:01 pm Reply
  • Nancy

    Beautiful Transformation with the brick! Such a nice update to the kitchen 😊 I haven’t used Dixie Belle Paint before buy would love to! I’d be using it for furniture refinishing.

    March 1, 2018 at 11:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You will love it, I have no doubt. 🙂

      March 1, 2018 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Very clever use of the faux brick. Takes it to a whole new level and makes it look authentic. Good job.
    I would use some Dixie Belle paint to paint a kind of wonky lamp my husband made in high school back in the 40’s. Yes, he is that old, but still very much on top of his game. Any way, I am updating the décor in the guest bedroom that my grandsons usually use and I have decided that if I paint the lamp (red) and do a map shade, that it will be fun for them to know that Grandpa made it, even if it is a wee bit crooked.

    March 1, 2018 at 1:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the compliment. 😀 Your husband’s lamp sounds awesome. Your grands with love it!

      March 1, 2018 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • Sandra

    Such a creative idea! I love how you opened up that wall and the faux brick looks great!

    March 1, 2018 at 2:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      We love how more light comes in and the way it now connects with the other room. Yay!

      March 1, 2018 at 9:12 pm Reply
  • Terri

    Love it as always!

    March 1, 2018 at 3:55 pm Reply
  • Maryann Smith

    I’d paint a small stand I have been waiting to redo.

    March 1, 2018 at 6:33 pm Reply
  • Bryan Patterson

    I’m loving that look y’all must be ecstatic!!! Nothing is safe if I have Dixie Belle paint 😊

    March 1, 2018 at 6:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      More like HALLELUJAH we’re almost done. Whew!

      March 1, 2018 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Wendy Maxwell

    I have the perfect place to do this to, can not wait to try this. Thank you for a great tutorial.

    March 1, 2018 at 7:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My absolute pleasure, Wendy!

      March 1, 2018 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Tawnya

    Love it. I would paint some night stands

    March 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm Reply
  • Jackie

    I love this look and had thought of doing this in my laundry room! Thanks for the inspiration!

    March 1, 2018 at 7:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! We love the addition of it in our laundry around our ducting. Even laundry can look good too!

      March 1, 2018 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Mindy Harmon

    That’s a great idea and turned out awesome!! I think I would paint my front door and DB paint would jazz it up great!!!😁

    March 1, 2018 at 8:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It will be sweet, Mindy. 😉

      March 1, 2018 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Candy Walsh

    Omgosh! Larissa~This looks amazing! And you make it looks so easy even for me, lol! I have the perfect wall I’d love to do this on, an accent wall in my dining room! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your talent!

    March 1, 2018 at 8:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You can do it!! I know you can. Thank you for the love, Candy.

      March 1, 2018 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Bridget Williams

    Love the faux brick!! I would love to repaint an old desk for my craft room with dixie belle!

    March 1, 2018 at 8:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome! You will love it!

      March 1, 2018 at 9:16 pm Reply
  • Tyneisha

    Loved the makeover!! We have some bookshelves that I’d love to give a new look!

    March 1, 2018 at 9:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! That sounds like a sweet project.

      March 2, 2018 at 5:26 am Reply
  • Andie D

    Thanks for the chance!

    March 1, 2018 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Naomi S.

    Wow, your faux brick wall turned out beautifully! It does require quite a bit of painting, though. I don’t know if I’d have the patience! But it sure does look nice.

    March 1, 2018 at 10:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      The whole wall took less than 15 minutes to paint, so it’s really fast. The compound takes even less, but as i mentioned the grout is by far the time consuming part. Overall, it’s far superior in time consumption that hanging actual brick. As me how I know…hahaha… 🙂

      March 2, 2018 at 5:30 am Reply
  • Sam

    O my goodness. How gorgeous!! That was absolutely beautiful. I would love to do this over our fire place!

    March 1, 2018 at 10:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oooh…that would be wonderful!

      March 2, 2018 at 5:30 am Reply
  • Mechele McDaniel Rose

    Wow,what a makeover. I love the faux brick.

    March 1, 2018 at 10:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Mechele. 🙂

      March 2, 2018 at 5:31 am Reply
  • Naomi S.

    PS Can’t get to the tea cart on the entry roster. ??? Any ideas why?

    March 1, 2018 at 10:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hmmm…not sure. :/

      March 2, 2018 at 5:31 am Reply
  • Michelle

    So many things to paint, not sure where I’d start. Picked up an ottoman with great legs, just needs new upholstery and a paint makeover. Or I might give a big chunky candlestick a new life.

    March 1, 2018 at 11:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I have one of those too that I’m holding in my stash until our remodel is done. Woot!

      March 2, 2018 at 5:32 am Reply
  • Marie

    Wow Larissa, that really does look like the real thing! Awesome tutorial too!

    March 10, 2018 at 12:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It really does and feels like it to. We’re happy to have it done.

      March 11, 2018 at 3:30 am Reply
  • Donna

    What a great DYI. Would you keep us posted on how this washes up? I must be a messy cook, but I have to wash up my backsplash every few days…also…when c an we see a post on the overall kitchen make over…I am waiting on bated breath here in SW Michigan. Also you seem to be heading more towards blue’s tones- will you be re painting your dark green walls in the adjoining room? (I had cream/orange/deep blue 27 years in my Cape Cod home (you have to realize this was the 1970’s and orange was BIG!)in the city and now after 17 years of green/rust/brown/gold in my country ranch style home,, I am REALLY missing my blues!!

    March 13, 2018 at 9:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Donna! Since this is not behind my sink, I get very little kick up on it, so it’s really easy. Because this is an MDF product, I wouldn’t use it in areas with high water use. We are putting tile behind our sink. Yes, the living room is on our to-do list after our family room. I love the soothing blues. 😀

      March 13, 2018 at 10:42 am Reply
  • Jamie Perez

    This faux brick is absolutely awesome!!! Definitely going to be my next project in my kitchen! Thanks for the inspiration!

    March 15, 2018 at 11:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my day! We love it too. I’d love to see a pic when you’re done!

      March 15, 2018 at 3:13 pm Reply
  • Cricket

    I just love this faux brick! We are buying a little home in FL when my hubsy retires next month and I want to build a breakfast bar & use brick on the base…and I’m definitely going to give this a try. Fun to watch you transform these projects…would love to have a girls days of DIY! Come on down to Florida! 😉
    Blessings to you and yours~

    April 28, 2018 at 4:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How exciting for you!! I would love to see what you do with it. 😀

      April 28, 2018 at 6:20 pm Reply

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