How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall

How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall

The fellow that owns his own house

is always just coming out of the hardware store.

-Frank McKenney Hubbard

 

Oh, I am so excited about sharing this project, even though it did require several trips to the hardware store!  It is such a great home improvement project for a beginner. And I have a feeling that brick accent walls will be trending for quite some time into the future.

Most of my crazy ideas turn out to be ten times harder than I envision, but not this one. This was easier than I first thought.

Our 1906 farmhouse is heated with a wood stove.

Charming, you say?

Yes, you could say that.

It does require 16 trips a day out to the porch to get the wood and my dear husband works really hard finding wood, then splitting, stacking, drying (two years of “seasoning” is best) and bringing it to the house with the tractor. Then, stacking it again on the porch.

I got tired just typing that!

HOWEVER, the ambiance afforded to us is unparalleled. Wood heat, they say, is the most comforting of all heat sources, even your bones feel warm. Then, there is the glow that I swear can cure seasonal depression in the winter and that faint campfire smell.  The popping and crackling sound you can hear from your bed in the morning makes every morning feel a little like Christmas morning.

We have heated the old house with that wood stove for almost six years now and it is definitely the heart of the home.

The “fireside room”, as we affectionately call it, does have its decorating challenges, though. The angle of the chimney, while necessary for excellent heat distribution up the stairs, has always baffled me a little and the sheer presence of the stove can be overwhelming.

For a long time, I have just ignored this room because other rooms were screaming for my attention.

We finally got to a place where we could start to focus on this room by celebrating the wood stove and letting it be the focal point that it is.

Here is my favorite inspiration picture for this room makeover. . .

Brick Accent Wall Inspiration

Source: the Love of a House

So, as you can see, a brick accent wall was definitely on order.

Here is what we learned as we brought our little dream to reality. . .

How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall by She Holds Dearly

(Notice the nerf gun bullet on the wall.

My son shot right when I took the picture and he thought he was hilarious.)

How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall

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Our accent wall is 6′ x 8′.

Installation time was five hours and the grout took three hours.

Dry time was 2 days for the brick and 1 day for the mortar.

Materials Needed

  • Slimbrick
    • we chose the “Ashland Used”
    • Unfortunately, Mutual Materials is a company located only in the Pacific Northwest. Amazon.com carries a similar product.
  • Omnigrip
  • Trowel
  • Level
    • We liked using a smaller one better, about the size of a brick
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw
  • Diamond Blade
  • Grout
    • We used 25 lbs of Snow White
    • Be sure to get the sandable kind if you want a messy, rustic look
  • Grout Bag
  • Clean 5 Gallon Bucket
  • Paint Stir Stick
  • Brick Jointer
  • Gloves
    • Be sure to wear gloves that are your size and have several pairs, I think I went through seven pairs.
  • Painters Plastic

Tutorial

Warning: this project may bring out the cake decorator in you or at least make you hungry!

How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall by She Holds Dearly

  • Apply some Omnigrip all along the bottom of the wall, make it about three rows high, two if you covering a larger wall. It is just like working with frosting. I kept thinking about eating sugar cookies and icing cakes.

How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall by She Holds Dearly

  • Create grooves in the Omnigrip with the toothed edge on the trowel.
  • Apply your brick and check each one with the level. We spaced ours about a 1/2 inch all around the brick and made sure that each top brick was a little off center compared to the brick right below it.

How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall by She Holds Dearly

  • Let this dry for 48 hours.How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall by She Holds Dearly

How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall by She Holds Dearly

  • Put your painters plastic down on the floor before starting to grout, it is unbelievably messy.
  • For the grout, don’t worry too much about measuring, its the consistency that matters. At first, I followed the directions on the bag exactly, then started tweaking things. Now I say ignore the directions and do what I ended up liking. What worked best for me was to dump about eight cups of powder into a clean five gallon bucket. Then, I added about 1/2 cup of cool water and stirred with my paint stirrer. Once it felt like the consistency of cool whip I put it into my grout bag and piped away.
  • You can collect the drips off the floor and reuse them, adding water as needed.How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall by She Holds Dearly
  • Every 20 minutes or so, take the brick jointer and shape the grout by pressing it into place.
  • Allow to dry for 24 hours.

How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall by She Holds Dearly

How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall by She Holds Dearly

How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall by She Holds Dearly

How to Install a Rustic Brick Accent Wall by She Holds Dearly

Now go eat some sugar cookies, you deserve it!!

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34 Comments

  1. Pamela
    July 15, 2016 / 11:13 AM

    That looks awesome! Great job.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 19, 2016 / 12:17 PM

      Thank you, Pamela. You are always such an encouragement to me! xoxo

  2. July 15, 2016 / 12:04 PM

    Your brick wall looks beautiful. It is the perfect accent to your wood stove. When you talk about your wood stove it reminds me of spending time at my grandmother’s farmhouse. There is just something special about a wood stove in the Winter.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 19, 2016 / 12:17 PM

      I so agree with you about the winter time. Your grandmother’s place sounds amazing!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 19, 2016 / 12:18 PM

      Oh good! That is what I was going for! We love cooking on our stove, too. Lots of yummy soups. 😉

  3. Bonnie
    July 15, 2016 / 2:46 PM

    I love that wall! You and your husband should be very proud of yourselves.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 19, 2016 / 12:18 PM

      OH, thank you, my dear. I will pass that compliment on to my husband, as well.

  4. July 15, 2016 / 7:50 PM

    It’s beautiful Sarah. Like, really beautiful!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 19, 2016 / 12:19 PM

      Oh, Kristine, that means so much to me! Especially coming from someone as talented as you!

  5. Tanya Hulbert
    July 16, 2016 / 12:41 AM

    These are great instructions, Sarah! I’m waiting awhile to see if I want to keep our bricks red or white wash them, but I really love how yours turned out. Bravo!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 19, 2016 / 12:19 PM

      Your brick is perfect, I don’t think I would change a thing!

  6. Victoria
    July 16, 2016 / 2:33 PM

    That looks great!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 19, 2016 / 12:20 PM

      Thank you so much, Victoria. You are so sweet!

  7. July 17, 2016 / 8:56 PM

    This looks incredible! When I saw the first photo, I swore the brick was original to the house!
    You did such and amazing and it suits your old farmhouse perfectly!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 19, 2016 / 12:20 PM

      Ok, Meg, that is a huge compliment! Thank you for saying that!

  8. Genevieve V.
    July 17, 2016 / 11:00 PM

    What a difference! Great job! We have a similar project that needs to get done before winter. Looking forward to sharing pictures as we get started. Hope all is well!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 19, 2016 / 12:21 PM

      I can’t wait to see, I’m sure it will be lovely, my friend!

  9. July 19, 2016 / 4:52 PM

    It looks amazing, Sarah. I just love the texture and character that the brick adds and it’s so perfect with your stove!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 22, 2016 / 10:02 AM

      Thank you so much for all your compliments! That is what I was going for texture and character!

  10. Maria
    July 20, 2016 / 5:11 AM

    This turned out fabulous! I love it.

    Maria

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 22, 2016 / 10:02 AM

      Maria,

      You are a dear, that means so much to me!

  11. July 21, 2016 / 5:08 AM

    That really turned out beautifully & it’s perfect for the space! Great work!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 22, 2016 / 10:06 AM

      Thanks, love, we are so enjoying it! I really recommend brick accent walls. So easy and so stunning!

  12. July 21, 2016 / 9:57 PM

    Wow, it looks so beautiful! And the nerf bullet cracks me up too!

    Tania

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      July 22, 2016 / 10:07 AM

      Haha! Little stinker, photo bomber is his speciality! 🙂

  13. July 26, 2016 / 7:58 AM

    Boy, that sure made a huge difference! I love it. I have been wanting to do a brick wall in my house, but I haven’t completely decided where I want it yet.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 8:50 AM

      We are loving it, I hope you get your plan figured out soon! It is so much fun to go forward on house projects.:)

  14. July 26, 2016 / 6:56 PM

    Wow! What a huge difference and you did an amazing job! I will be pinning!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 8:51 AM

      Oh, thank you, dear! I really appreciate that!

  15. July 27, 2016 / 1:15 PM

    Sarah, this is such a beautiful way to add more charm to your adorable home! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!
    Blessings,
    Nici

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 4, 2016 / 8:52 AM

      Oh thank you for saying that, Nici! And thank you for the feature, you are such an encouragement to me.

  16. October 15, 2017 / 3:51 AM

    Looks great-perfect for your wood stove wall!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 21, 2017 / 5:25 PM

      OH, thank you. What a sweet thing to say, I’m so glad we did it. I feel like it fits the house.

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