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Creating A 'Fake" Brick Finish Using Real Brick Slips

How Realistic Can A ‘Fake” Brick Finish Look

Are you looking to add a touch of charm and character to your space without breaking the bank? Brick slips may be just what you need! In this post, we’ll show you how to achieve a stunning, cost-effective, and lightweight faux brick finish using brick slips.

Brick slips are sliced from our own imported real bricks, replicating the look and feel of traditional brickwork while being easy to install. With a variety of styles, textures, and colors to choose from, brick slips allow for endless design possibilities.

Step 1: Surface Prep

Begin by ensuring the surface is clean, smooth, and free from any loose debris or dust. If needed, lightly sand the surface to promote better adhesion. The surface should be leveled to prevent uneven brick placement.

Step 2: Measure and Plan

Determine the layout and pattern of the faux brick finish, measuring the area to calculate the number of brick slips needed. Consider any cuts or adjustments required, and always have extra brick slips on hand to avoid delays in case of mistakes or mishaps.

Step 3: Apply Adhesive

Using a recommended adhesive, apply an even layer to the back of each brick slip, ensuring even coverage. Apply the adhesive to both the surface and the brick slip for maximum adhesion. It’s best to work in small sections to prevent the adhesive from drying out before installation.

Step 4: Install Brick Slips

Begin from the bottom and work your way up, carefully positioning and pressing each brick slip onto the adhesive, ensuring proper leveling and alignment. Use a spirit level or a straight edge to ensure uniformity while leaving a small gap between each brick slip to simulate mortar joints. Repeat until the desired area is covered.

Step 5: Mortar Joints

After the adhesive is dry, mix mortar according to manufacturer instructions. Use a pointing trowel to fill in the gaps between the brick slips, simulating traditional mortar joints, and smooth out the joint lines. Allow the mortar to dry completely.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Once the mortar is dry, clean the brick slips with a gentle brush or sponge to remove any remaining residue or smudges. Consider applying a sealant to protect the brick slips and enhance their appearance. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the appropriate sealant to use.

In Conclusion

By following these six steps, you can achieve a beautiful faux brick finish that will add depth and character to your home or workspace. Faux brick finishes have become increasingly popular in interior and exterior design owing to their cost-effectiveness and ease of installation. Embrace your creativity and transform any space into a rustic and timeless area with brick slips!

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