Faux Brick Façade
Jul 30, 2014 09:00AM
By David Williams
And it’s all constructed of simple pieces of 1 by 4 pine.
“I love taking a material like steel and turning it into something organic,” says the artist known for his sculptural wall art and furniture, “and I wanted to see if I could have that organic feel translate into this project. I was going for a bit of a ‘70s retro feel,” he adds, “but I didn’t want to take it too far. I didn’t want it to look like something straight out of an episode of The Brady Bunch.”
Here’s what you’ll need to duplicate the look of his faux brick façade:
- 1 by 4 pine
- Two colors of stain (Roewert chose classic gray and walnut)
- An angle grinder with a soft metal flap disc
- Sandpaper or an electric sander
- Using the angle grinder with a soft metal flap disc, bevel the outer, forward-facing edges of the pine.
- Cut each board into 7-inch sections
- Bevel the remaining forward-facing edges created in the process of cutting the wood.
- Apply the stain that you want to be the surface’s primary color and then sand down to expose the grain. Avoid staining the beveled edges. We’ll see why in a moment.
- Apply the secondary stain and repeat the sanding process.
- Apply the primary stain one more time and sand back accordingly.
- Affix the bricks to the drywall with construction adhesive.
Roewert was so pleased with the results that he now sells his creation by the brick-foot online in the stain combination of the customer’s choice.
“I really like how the brick take on a different personality based on lighting or the time of day,” he says, “but the main idea is just to have fun with creativity.”