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Marc Bartolomeo shows how to spice up any interior wall with brick veneer.
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Have you been looking for a cool and trendy way to add some interest to an uninspiring wall in your house? Take a look at this. By using thin pieces of real brick veneer, I have transformed this ordinary wall into a work of art. One of the wonderful things about thin brick veneer is that it's a fraction of the weight of regular brick. You do not need a low bearing foundation to support it on and it gives you the same exact look as thick heavy brick. Now I am sure you can see that this floor is really out of level, so what we are using is a ledger. A ledger is simply a piece of wood that screwed into the wall and used as a straight edge to work on. This will create a level line and secure base for the brick. One of the first things you are going to do is cut a bunch of bricks right in half using the tile saw. Once you have these bricks cut, you are going to start by applying construction adhesive. Now working my way up the corner, I am going to start with the full brick then a half brick then a full brick and then a half. This is going to help create a running bond pattern which is commonly refer to as subway style. So I have cut some thin wood strips, the three-eighths of an inch thickness. And that's going to serve as the grout spaces in between my brick veneer work. You can also choose to dry stacking, dry stacking means having the bricks lay up right against each other. Well, I encourage standing back, looking at the job and trust your eyes. Now remember, we are going for imperfections here, that's the beauty of this installation, how much easier can you get in that. Now that the brick veneer has been installed and it has had sufficient time to dry, we are going to make it look like a real brick wall by adding mortar to the joints. So I have here a 40 pound bag of mortar mix. The most efficient way to apply the mortar to the brick joint is by using this flat metal trowel and it's here is called a pointing tool, so mortar can slide off easy into the brick joints. Alright, so the last step is to clean up your master piece, then you can seal it with the polyurethane or shellac to give a luster or you can just keep it the way it is if you like a more industrial look; the choice is totally yours. Brick veneer is a great look for any interior wall, this popular treatment is a fantastic, inexpensive and easy way to add style to your home.
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