I have mentioned my artistic sisters before, even featured Anne’s handmade ornaments on my blog once, so today I’m proud to share a fun project Paula completed. Paula does massage and just got a new office she co-leases with her friend, Kelly. They worked together to achieve an Old World style in the space and give it more character. She gave me permission to share her faux brick and plaster wall with you today!
I can’t take any credit for this project, except for that I gave Paula the idea to use a roll of wallpaper for the faux brick. She was planning to paint the faux brick by hand, but as I warned her from experience with my faux tile backsplash, that would take a LOT of time.
When they got started, the office was just a boring space with plaster walls. It did have a beautiful wood plank ceiling and craftsman windows going for it, though.
They used a metal scraper to chip away pieces of plaster from the wall.
If you are going to attempt something like this, be sure to cover all surfaces as there ends up being lots of dust particles. Also, be sure to test for lead paint! Lead paint is toxic and should not be messed with!
A quick coat of white paint covered the pattern that was on the wall before.
The next step was to adhere faux brick wallpaper in the spaces where the plaster had been chipped off. Can you believe this brick wallpaper looks so realistic and only costs $25!?
Apply wallpaper according to manufacturer’s directions! Be sure to smooth from the middle out to avoid any bubbled up areas.
Paula used an X-Acto knife to cut the wallpaper around the edges of the plaster.
With the brick wallpaper inset like this, it gave the finish a more realistic look!
Lastly, they gave the space softer lighting by covering the lamps with draped burlap.
The one roll of brick wallpaper Paula purchased was enough to complete a wall in the bathroom as well as wrap a large pillar in the reception area.
The finishing touches included plants, reception chairs, and a faux fireplace.
This space turned out so charming and the faux brick and plaster wall really made the room!
Stay tuned for another project completed for this office, I’ve been helping my sister create a larger reception desk built with reclaimed wood! Tell me what you think of this style? Would you consider a faux finish on your wall to give a room more character?