A simple tutorial for installing faux brick backsplash in the kitchen. This fake brick backsplash is super easy to install and can be left red or whitewashed for a more modern look!
This post was originally published on February 18, 2017 and has since been updated.
I am so excited to be sharing this faux brick backsplash project with you guys! It turned out even better than I had imagined – of course, mostly because Chris does amazing work… 🙂
And to top it all off, we were able to do all of our backsplash for just $35!! Can you believe that?! *poof*… mind blown. 😉
I had originally planned to paint or white-wash the paneling and just use it for the texture, but once I saw it installed and complete I just couldn’t bring myself to cover up the beautiful red brick!
I hope this diy faux brick backsplash tutorial inspires you and gives you the confidence to transform your backsplash into something wonderful.
DIY Faux Brick Backsplash
in the Kitchen
Before we get started on the project, let’s talk about the one thing I ALWAYS get asked about when it comes to our brick backsplash – cleaning.
I’ve found that our kitchen backsplash doesn’t actually get very dirty. Yes, there’s the occasional splash from the sink or a pot on the stove, but for the most part it stays relatively clean on its own.
And I don’t think that’s just us, I think most people’s backsplashes stay pretty clean on an ongoing basis.
So don’t be too worried by the cleaning element if you’re thinking about installing some of this faux brick backsplash in your kitchen! At any rate, let’s review a few FAQ, shall we?
Is brick backsplash easy to clean?
Yes. It’s SUPER easy to clean. And, it doesn’t get damaged by giving it a good cleaning either!
In fact, we have faux brick backsplash behind our sink for over two years now and while it definitely gets wet on regular basis – we’ve not seen any damage or issues from it.
How do you clean faux brick backsplash?
- Clean up messes or splashes immediately (this faux brick paneling isn’t made to be scrubbed down hard after a mess has solidified on there… so make sure you’re cleaning it up right away)
- Use a wet towel without cleaners to wipe off first
- If needed, use a mild cleaner like a rag dipped in dish soapy water or wet wipes to finalize cleaning
- Dry with a towel and you’re good to go!
How do I keep my brick backsplash clean?
My biggest encouragement is to dry or clean the paneling immediately after a splash or mess has happened! Other than that, it’ll stay pretty clean on its own. 🙂
Ok, let’s get building!
For a printable copy of the materials and instructions, scroll down.
Tools & Materials
How to Install a Fake Brick Backsplash
Your first step will be deciding which direction you want your bricks to go and how many panel pieces you’ll need.
We wanted the bricks to sit horizontal like traditional brick does and with that in mind, we knew we had to cut our pieces at the 4′ length. This meant we were going to end up with some panel seams.
You could definitely install them vertical if you like that better and using the 8′ length would result in fewer seams!
Once you know which length you’re working with you can figure out how many pieces you’ll need to cut.
We decided to position ours in such a way that we had three seams (one on each wall and one in the corner), all in places that were easy to hide.
How to hide seams in brick paneling
If you plan to keep the brick red, this is a tricky task! Think through the layout of your backplash and if there are any places where a vertical line would be hidden by fixtures or decor.
Do you have a large mixer on one counter you could hide the seam behind? Or like we did, can you put a seam behind your kitchen sink faucet or a piece of art?
Just remember that you can’t have a section of paneling wider than 4′.
If you’re planning to paint or white-wash the brick, the seams can be pretty much anywhere without causing an issue.Simply fill the seam with caulking or spackling and paint over it!
The picture below shows where our panels and seams are – numbered in the order we installed them.
Now, turn off the power (using the breaker) to your kitchen outlets.
Using your flathead screwdriver, remove all the outlet covers and set aside. Then use your philips screwdriver to unscrew the outlets from their electrical boxes so you can pull them through the paneling at installation.
Knowing we needed four panels, we chose to install one of the middle pieces first because it would determine the brick placement for all future pieces.
Naturally, we started with the easier of the two middle pieces – the one along the window wall.
Chris measured the dimensions (including where to cut for the outlet) and then, starting from a corner on the paneling, cut it out using his skill saw for the sides and jig saw for the outlet holes.
Be sure you don’t make your outlet hole too big – you need the outlet cover to hide any edges when it’s reinstalled.
Cover the back of your paneling piece with liquid nails, and press into place.
Once it is up, rub firmly over the entire piece to make sure it’s adhered and secure. Liquid nails only takes about 7 minutes to dry, so you want to make sure and put it up shortly after applying the adhesive.
Also, as you glue it up, be sure to pull the outlets through the paneling and then re-secure them to their electrical box over the top of the paneling. This allows the cover plate to sit nicely on top of the brick.
Repeat this process for all other paneling pieces.
The one thing you’ll want to pay attention to is the brick alignment at the seams. This is definitely the trickiest part of this project.
When you’re doing the second piece for a seam, make sure you measure the length you need for second half of the bricks that are seaming together and match up the mortar lines.
After you have all your panel pieces installed, rehang your outlet covers and enjoy your beautiful faux brick backsplash!
I love the rustic look it gives our modern farmhouse kitchen. 🙂
For sake of example, I made sure you can see the seam behind the faucet in this one. 😉
Isn’t it beautiful? I think so. 🙂
As promised, here are your printable instructions:
- Measure your entire kitchen backsplash area and draw a diagram of it.
- Decide if you want the bricks vertical or horizontal and then create a plan for how to cut and assemble the paneling to cover your backsplash area, putting seams behind fixtures or decor.
- Measure, mark and cut each piece of the paneling, including holes for your outlets, making sure to align the mortar lines and brick sizes.
- Turn off the power to your outlets, remove all outlet covers, and unhook the outlets from the boxes.
- Install each piece of paneling using liquid nails, making sure to pull the outlets through the paneling as its installed.
- Reinstall the outlets and their covers over the paneling.
- If so desired, paint or white wash the faux brick.
If painting or white washing, there's no need to worry about where the seams end up - just be sure to fill them with caulking or spackling before painting.
I hope this tutorial shows you how easy (and cheap!) it can be to make your kitchen backsplash something unique!
I’d love to hear if you guys try installing faux brick backsplash in your home and please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.