How to Do Fake Red Brick

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How to Do Fake Red Brick
Get that classic look by doing your own fake red brick. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Red brick offers a distinctive look that suggests durability and traditional craftsmanship. To achieve the look of red brick without building a new house, you can install fake red-brick panels over your existing walls. These can be installed by the homeowner and may be used for the interior and exterior.

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Things you need

  • Faux red-brick panels
  • Sandpaper
  • Construction adhesive
  • Caulking gun
  • Trowel or spackle knife
  • Indoor or outdoor screws
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Red-brick-coloured caulking

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  1. 1

    Measure the walls that you want to decorate with red-brick panelling. Order the appropriate amount form a supplier. One example is provided at the bottom of this page.

  2. 2

    Start your installation from the top of the wall and work your way down. Note that the panels are installed with the tongue on top and the groove on the bottom.

  3. 3

    Sand the edges to remove any excess material before placing each piece. Lay the first panel on the floor. Squeeze a line of construction adhesive out of the caulking gun around the perimeter of the panel. Smooth this out with a trowel or spackle knife.

  4. 4

    Place the panel on the wall and screw into place with the drill, through the screw holes on the panel. When placing the adjoining panel, run a thin line of adhesive at the joint between panels, and secure the second panel in the same way as the first.

  5. 5

    Finish the corners properly. If you're covering two walls that meet in the corner, either cut each piece that meets up on the corner to a 45-degree angle using a table saw so they will meet flush against each other; or buy moulded corners along with your panels. Place corners over the existing panels. Glue, and screw into place. The screws for the corners should be slightly longer than those used for the panels because they need to go through two panels.

  6. 6

    Fill the screw holes with caulk of a matching colour. Wipe off excess caulk with a wet rag.

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