Hallway Renovation – Faux Brick

Chances are, you’ve experienced it before. There’s probably an even bigger chance that it’s the fake stuff that’s cheaply glued to the walls of your home. Perhaps one of the biggest design sins of all time

Wood. Paneling.


The amount of paneling in our home was enough to give you nightmares for the next 20 years. While we were able to get rid of most of the it during our initial renovation, the paneling leading up the hallway to the second floor still lingered. With every pass by the stairs, there it was; staring at you with its faux grains and knots, trying to suck you back to the 1960’s. 

Enough was enough. This is 2017…it was time for it to go.  Not only that, but our daughter is due to arrive in August and we needed to get our butts in gear to get the upstairs ready for her.

Initially, the second level restoration kicked off with addressing a leak accompanied by some water damage that was evident in the ceiling of the hallway. I can’t really describe the material the previous owners used to cover the ceiling…it was like a nasty faux, styrofoamy, shiplap wanna be kinda material; naturally, it had to go too. And while we were at it, why the hell not just bite the bullet and tackle that dastardly paneling.

What we had originally planned was to take the paneling down, knock out the nasty popcorn-type plaster/compound on the walls and hang drywall. EW. Drywall was a total pain in the ass, I didn’t want anything to do with it. We also could have ship lapped the entire hallway, but let’s be real. We didn’t have an extra couple hundred dollars to be blowing on that. That’s when I remembered seeing a technique on another blog called ‘Sawdust 2 Stitches’  with some faux brick paneling that might work. 

I know what you’re probably thinking, “Uhm, you just spent that last 4 paragraphs complaining about how ugly wood paneling is…and you want to replace with with more paneling?“. Yep. Listen. Don’t hate. Just bare with me.

I got James on board with the idea and the other good news was that as far as cost goes…it was pretty comparable to what we would have spent should we have went the drywall route. So…it was a win win! WOO! So, James got to work. And I…uhm, you know. Did other stuff.

James used about 6 brick panels that he bought from Home Depot and used Liquid Nails [caulking] to adhere the panels to the walls, then used a nail gun to secure them in place. After all the pieces were installed, it was time to make it look old. Because old is the new new. 

I believe the technique is called German Smearing …or “Schmearing” depending on how German you’re feeling. Basically, ya just slap on some joint compound..as little or as much as you’d like, which is what I think makes it so fun! If you put too much, you can always go back and chip it off, easy breezy! And then to seal it, alls you gotta do it white wash it…60% water & 40% white paint. Annnddd BOOM! You’re done! And you got yourself one badass lookin’ hallway! In my case…I got a badass hallway AND a badass hunk-a-man… hayyyy!!

Oh! And I forgot to mention that James also planked the new, non-leaking ceiling! What’d I tell ya! He’s a lean, mean, hunky, bearded machine! xoxo


  1. Tara Dulkis

    May 23, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Well I fell for it, it looks great!

  2. Suzi

    May 23, 2017 at 9:31 am

    James you rock or should I say brick! Lol good job! It looks really good!

  3. Mom

    May 23, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Wow! It’s beautiful … and you both never cease to amaze me. Love You!

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