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!
Ok, let’s get to it. I hope this tutorial inspires you and gives you the confidence to transform your backsplash into something wonderful.
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TOOLS & MATERIALS
- 4’X8′ Faux Brick Paneling
- Liquid Nails
- Jig Saw
- Skill Saw (If you don’t have one of these you can use the Jig Saw for everything)
- Tape Measure
- Philips and Flathead Screw Drivers
- Pen & Paper
Step 1: DESIGN
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. If you’re planning to paint or white-wash the brick, the seams can be pretty much anywhere without causing an issue because you’ll end up caulking and hiding them. But since we wanted to keep the brick red we did what we could to place them in the least obvious places.
The picture below shows where our panels and seams are – numbered in the order we installed them.
Step 2: INSTALL
First thing you want to do is 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 brick backsplash!
Isn’t it beautiful? I think so. 🙂
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 this project and please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.