What’s the point of owning house if you don’t mess around with it once in a while? Creating an exposed brick wall is more of a hands-on, DIY project, not meant for the faint hearted. Work closely with your contractor and follow these steps:
- Pick a wall you want to expose.
- Drill a hole to check if there’s actually brick back there.
- Removed the plastering off the brick – this is a labor intensive and messy job so don’t start without enough help available.
- Consider removing the damaged brick by drilling holes on all four corners of the mortar around the brick and shaking it loose or painstakingly chiseling it out.
- Use a wire brush to scrub the wall.
- Use warm water to sponge down your wall.
- If you don’t want your house to collapse, grab some mortar repair (cement filler) and fill in the cracks and obviously replace any bricks your might have removed.
- Clean the bricks again with warm water.
- Use a sponge or brush to apply sealant onto the exposed brick wall, use a brick sealant with matte finish rather than a polyurethane sealant which will give the wall an unnatural glossy finish.
- To hang pictures and paintings drill your holes into the mortar rather than the brick.
- Use exposed copper pipes as conduits to run wires if necessary rather than chasing the wall.
- Compliment your exposed brick wall with some sleek contemporary furniture.
So what are you waiting for? Head to your local hardware store and get started today..
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