DIY Faux Brick Wall Panel
As a photographer of my own tutorials, I always search for variations in photography props including backdrops, tables or floors, light compositions and other related decorations to make a pleasant scene just like those pictures shown in the magazine. One of my favorite backdrops and also the hardest one to find in my area is painted old brick wall.
Some times, in order to make my photos more impressive, I will bring my handmad to other places for photography, such as beach, restaurant, park, jetty etc… That’s why you may notice that I need more time to prepare my tutorial which is normally 1 or 2 weeks of lagging. But, if I have a choice, I prefer to do the photography in the comfort of my home. With that in practice, that means I need some portable backdrops… fabrics and wooden backdrops came easily, but real brick is impossible to be “portable” due to it’s weight.
I have put off the idea of having brick wall in my home till I renovated my new condominium to purposely make a painted old brick wall at one of the corners…. until… I shop in my local Ace Hardware Store…… I was searching for some aerosol paints for repainting my old wicker basket when I saw the “make it stone!” texture paint on the shelf. I was so impressed with the effect shown on the cap of the aerosol can. I bought it back and thinking of “stoning” my old plastic wall-hung planter. That night on my bed, just before I fell asleep, I suddenly came out with the idea of making a faux brick wall with this paint after recalling that I saw a video using polystyrene foam panel to make similar backdrops for the stage. Guess what? I was insomnia that night because the processes of making this faux brick wall kept me awake, I was very excited and can’t wait till the next morning!!!!
I am glad that I had a sudden inspiration of making it and see how I did it after the jump….. There after, you will see it appears in my photos more often too.
DIY Faux Brick Wall Panel
Tools & Materials:
- Polystyrene Foam / Styrofoam, 1/2″ thick, 2′ x 4′
- Wooden panel, 2 1/2′ x 4′
- Primer (aerosol), Brand: Krylon, color: Gray [buy at Amazon.com]
- “Make It Stone!” texture paint, Brand: Krylon, color: Black Granite [buy at Amazon.com]
- Polystyrene Foam cutter
- Wood glue / PV Glue / White Glue
- Sponge applicator
- Soldering iron / soldering gun (removable tip)
- Pen & ruler
- Old newspapers
Choose similar primer coat to suit your texture paint top coat.
Please read instructions on the can / tin before using paint spraying.
PolystyreneMark 2 1/2″ x 8″ on the polystyrene foam with pen and ruler.
Cut them out with the cutter, don’t have to be very straight.
Mark the brick spacings on the wooden panel, about 3/8″ apart.
Apply glue on both panel and polystyrene foam.
Glue the brick foams on the panel.
Try no to let the glue touches the upper side of the brick foams, it may prevent proper melting with soldering iron.
Create some stone debris between the gaps by gluing some small broken pieces of polystyrene foams.
Leave it dry until it is safe to work on. I left it overnight as I wasn’t free to continue the work until the next day.
When the brick foams are securely adhered to the panel, take out the soldering tip and switch on the soldering iron and let it heat up.[Remark: I used my workshop’s soldering station with temperature control (I was an Electronic Engineer with lots of hands-on experience)… but you can just use a normal one with a removable tip.]
Melt the brick foams edges with the soldering iron and make them rounded. Lightly touch the foam to make dented holes to faux an aged brick.
Do a light damage on the first round, repeat if you want more serious damage.
Warning: the fume generated could be toxic, please do this at well ventilated room or wear a mask.
Spray a layer of primer onto the brick foam in an well ventilated space / outdoor. Remember to place some old newspaper to prevent the paint from staining your floor or table.
See some white spots on the brick foam? They were in fact melted spots due to the primer’s solvent, I didn’t shake it well in the first place. So, do remember to shake the primer well and get them mixed up to prevent this from happening. Luckily the brick was meant to have a damage look, so I am safe even with the roughness appeared on the melted spots!!! Phew!
Leave the primer to dry for a few minutes to 1/2 hour or as per the instruction on the label.
Top coat it with the “Make It Stone!” texture paint. This texture paint is really awesome and work like a magic. A quick thin layer makes such a big different.
The instruction said that it only cover 6 square feet, it actually covers more than that. I used 1 can for 3 coats.
A closer look on the texture, basically it is like some tiny paint splashes in black, gray and white tone.
krylon make it stoneAfter 3 coats and the faux brick wall is completed, leave it to dry until it is safe to handle.
I am more than happy with the result. Perhaps when I get bored of gray, I will repaint it to white using the same “make it stone!” texture paint.