Making your home unique and totally “you” doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Adding character to your house is all about those small details that make your home truly one of a kind and reflective of your personality.
I love to find little ways to add character to my home. Today I am going to show you how to install thin brick veneer to a small accent wall inside your house.
I have this little wall space in my kitchen in between the cabinets. I usually display a photo or some framed art prints but I thought it would be fun to use some leftover brick tiles from the brick accent wall project I did in my dining room and add a brick accent wall to the kitchen.
Learn How To Make A Brick Accent Wall
The thin brick veneer tiles that I used are just like regular brick except thinner. They are installed like regular tiles which makes them a great choice for a wall or floor installation. You can get the look of brick but with the ease of installing tiles.
If you’ve never installed tile and the thought of it feels intimidating, this is a great project for a first-time tiler. The great thing about brick is that it looks better when it’s not perfect. I’m really into that “farmhouse” style Joanna Gaines has made popular over the past couple of years and a brick wall fits in perfectly with that aesthetic. If you mess up part of this project, it’s no big deal- brick walls naturally have character, especially when they aren’t perfect.
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Materials you may need
- Thin brick veneer tiles
- Tile adhesive
- Sanded Grout
- Grout float
- Grout trowel
- Ziplock bags
- Large bucket
- Grout mixer attachment for the drill
- Tile saw
Directions For The Brick Accent Wall
Prep the wall
Start by measuring your wall space and then measure again to make sure it’s correct. Order about 5% more brick tile than you think you need in case you screw up or a few pieces break.
Make sure the wall is clean and free of any major debris. Use a level to mark a few lines on the wall to make sure the brick is being applied to the wall in straight lines.
Apply the tiles
Apply the tile adhesive with a metal spatula and work in about 1 ft areas at a time.
Spread tile adhesive to the back of the bricks. This is known as back-buttering.
I used a trowel to smooth the adhesive onto the wall and then I “back buttered” the bricks with more adhesive and firmly pressed them into place. I did not use spacers. We wanted an “Old English Cottage” look so it’s better if things don’t look perfectly even. We eyeballed the spaces and aimed for about a finger width apart for the grout lines.
I didn’t use any kind of masonry support on my wall. The adhesive worked great right applied directly to the drywall and these bricks are definitely not coming off. They will be stuck on there for life.
Press the bricks firmly onto the wall starting at the bottom of the wall and moving up the wall.
Cut the tiles
Some of the brick tiles will need to be cut. I used my trusty QEP tile saw. It worked like a charm. Learn how to cut tile with a tile saw here. Once everything is in place wait at least 48 hours for the tile adhesive to set.
As you can see the top of the wall is slanted which made cutting those brick pieces a challenge. I ended up making paper templates and traced them onto the brick before cutting them. Once I filled the spaces up with grout it looked just fine.
Stagger the bricks as you go, this pattern is known as a “running bond” or “subway tile” pattern.
Let the tile adhesive dry for 48 hours before you begin grouting.
Grout the tile
Types of grout
There are two types of grout. Sanded and unsanded. Normally you use unsanded grout for projects with ⅛ of an inch or less space between the tiles and sanded grout for applications with greater than ⅛ of an inch. I used sanded grout for this project.
Applying the grout
To apply the grout I put the mixed grout into a regular Ziploc bag and cut off one corner. Then I squeezed the grout in between the cracks just like I was icing a cake. You can purchase special masonry grout bags for this purpose but I liked using the Ziploc bags better and they were way cheaper.
Smooth out any areas with gloved fingers and use a sponge to clean up any grout that has gone rogue. The grout will set in a of couple hours and will be completely hard in a day or two. After the grout has dried for at least three days you can seal it. Sealing is optional on a wall but it is nice to do because it can act as a barrier against dirt or grease and it will be much easier to clean.
Simply use a water-based sealer made for brick or stone and wipe it over the entire surface. Let it dry for several hours between coats.
DIY Brick Accent Wall
The brick should be resealed every 3-5 years.
What do you think of my brick accent wall? Would you try a project like this in your home?
Let me know in the comments!
Adrienne is a DIY crafter and jewelry artist. She blogs about crafts and home improvement projects at Crafty Little Gnome. She lives in Washington state with her husband, daughter and two dogs.