Decorating with faux brick paneling

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Faux brick panelling is a more affordable alternative than standard bricks and requires less time for installation and maintenance. Some panelling is cut straight, others have interlocking bricks, but the setting up of both types are similar.

You can use this type of panelling for siding on your home, interior walls for an industrial look or smaller areas, such as a fireplace.

Measure the wall area you are planning to cover on both sides and in the middle. Use a level across the ground, across the ceiling, and against both side walls to confirm that all sides are level. If you run into an area that isn't level, work with the measurements that give you a perfect rectangle. You can fill in the space with scrap pieces after you've put up the rest of the wall.

Use the table saw to cut the panelling straight on one side if it is an interlocking panel with bricks that alternate sticking out from the edges. This is so it will fit up against the corner of the wall. Hold the panelling up to make sure you have the proper fit.

Add glue to the back of the panelling in a thin zigzag pattern down the length of the piece. Roll over it with the paint roller to spread it into a thin and even coat. Press it against the wall and hold it for a few seconds.

Screw the panelling into the wall, making sure that the screws are in the grout areas between bricks. You should use a screw in every corner of the panelling, and then spaced approximately 12 inches apart horizontally and vertically to keep it secure against the wall.

Repeat the process until you have covered the entire wall. For any areas that were uneven, and so now are still bare, you need to measure them and cut out an exact fit from the excess panelling so that it lines up with the panelling that is already up. Repeat the same glue and screwing procedures with any added piece.

Caulk the seams and screw holes with the mortar seal. Blend it in with a wet finger or narrow paintbrush to blend.