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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With Diwali round the corner, many of you must be wanting to get a fresh coat of color on your walls. Here are some tips to keep in mind and some ideas.
Tips to keep in mind before you get your house painted:
- Light colors work everywhere, but if you are planning dark colored walls, you must ensure the room gets lots of natural light. Painting a basement den deep blue might sound relaxing but can turn the room into a dungeon!
- If you are tech savvy, you could take pictures of the rooms in question and get them in desired color to show everyone what the walls would look like.
- Complementary colors work well when adjacent rooms open into each other (try two shades of the same color for a neat effect). You can go for bold contrast when crossing a barrier (like a door).
- Carefully consider the gloss level. The shiny gloss paints are easy to clean, but make blemishes stand out. On the other hand, flat paints help disguise wall blemishes but can be difficult to clean.
- Glossier paints work well where there’s lots of steam or cooking (bathrooms and kitchens) and in high-traffic areas. Flatter paints are preferred for large walls and ceilings.
- Plan your interiors accordingly. Dark and bright colors look good on clutter free walls, whereas light and flat colors go well with all colors and help balance out the clutter.
- You could also go in for textured walls. In fact highlighting one wall in a room may be a good idea. Just ensure that the wall has a single highlight, a TV or a painting or one element complimenting it.
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