Handy-man tips for exposed brick walls.

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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.

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BONUS TIPS:

  • 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..

Have you ever exposed a brick wall? Do you have any tips on how to do it? Leave your comments below.