I’ve always loved old brick. It’s so charming with its chippy white history. When it came time to do my kitchen backsplash I knew I had to have that look. Only problem was there wasn’t an ounce of brick on my house or hiding behind some drywall. So I came up with a solution. Introducing the Do It Yourself Brick Veneer Backsplash!
Starting from the beginning, I special ordered the veneers through Home Depot. The actual bricks are made by Rocky Mountain Stone and the color option you see here is Alamitos. Total cost for 50 sft was $216. In addition to the cost of the veneers I spent approx. $100 on Premixed grout, adhesive, and other supplies.
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First step for me was removing the granite backsplash throughout the kitchen. There is no hard fast rule that says you need to do this, but I personally think it looks better. It was also the easiest step so no harm no foul right! Using a hammer and mini crowbar I managed to remove the granite with no real damage to the wall. Even if you make a few holes along the way its no big deal because its going to get covered right up anyway!
Next, I removed all the electrical plates and put them aside. Because the veneers are about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick I had to add extenders to the outlets. You can buy them Here. Just follow the instructions on the back of packaging. Anytime I do anything with electrical wires I get a bit nervous, but this was pretty simple. Make sure to switch the breaker off for all the outlets! I did get a good shock on the first one because I forgot…ouch!
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You can see I already started adhering the brick veneers before I realized I would need the extenders. Thats whats great about blog tutorials, someone else works out all the kinks for you right! So using my Locktite Power Grab adhesive, I simply glued the back of the veneers to the wall. Starting at the bottom, leaving no space between the granite and first row of veneers, I adhered them about a 1/2 inch apart on sides and top. The veneers are not perfect, so your spacing doest have to be exact either. The imperfections only add the rustic nature of brick wall. also, make sure to stagger the bricks lining them up so the center of the brick is just above the gap in the row lower. I am not sponsored by Locktite so believe me when I say, Use this brand!Specifically the Power Grab! Its the only one that bonds as soon as you place it on the wall. It will save you so much time. Otherwise you will be standing there for 5 min per brick holding it while it adheres. It takes about 30 min to totally dry so there is still time to make adjustments while they are on the wall. I used all the tools you see here except the trowel (more on that later).
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When you get to the ends of each section of backsplash there may not be enough room for a full brick. I used this Tile Cutter to score the brick to the size I wanted and pressed down to break the brick in that exact spot. It took me a couple practice rounds, but then I got the hang of it. Follow the instructions on the box. Its easy.
Continue this same repeated pattern until all your bricks are evenly spaced on the wall. Make adjustments along the way by sliding the bricks up and down or side to side. Once the adhesive is set, your stuck with it. I only had 2 corners to to work around so I did not order corner pieces. Instead I just used my tile cutter to cut 2 veneers and place them on the corners to look like 1 brick.
Now that all our bricks are in place along the whole backsplash, we frost the cake so to speak! The grout is more for appearance than function. I used a grout bag to fill in the gaps between the bricks. After filling around 6 or 7 bricks, I went back with my finger and smoothed out the grout like you would see on a real brick wall. Continue this process until there are no more gaps left. I chose to use premixed grout. I don’t own a mixer and didn’t want to deal with the mess so I chose this option even though its more expensive. I used white grout, but there are several more options.
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obviously my sons goggles aren’t necessary! Just having a bit of fun haha!
At this point, some of you could be done with your backsplash. The intensity of the red bricks you see here doesn’t work in my space, but could very well be perfect for yours. Using a putty knife dipped in chalk paint, I chose bricks a random to roughly trowel over. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White mixed with True White. This created a more aged look and added more texture.
Next I mixed about a 1/2 cup of the same chalk paint with 1 cup of water in a small bucket to create a white wash. White wash is basically just what it sounds like… watered down paint. I continued to add water to the mixture till I reached the desired transparency. Test it on a few bricks before you paint in on your wall. You can always add more paint and more layers of wash, but once the paint is on the bricks, its very difficult to take it off. This is not an exact science just a preference! Using a paint brush go over the whole backsplash once. If your want more of a white look add another…so on and so forth!
I love how the white wash changed the whole look of the backsplash. I still wanted a little more white, so I decided to paint some of the bricks with the chalk paint. I randomly painted the bricks one by one until I got my desired look. Once I was happy with the overall appearance I brushed a cement sealer over the whole backsplash to protect the painted bricks from food and grease. I purchased the sealer at Home Depot. It comes in a high sheen (wet look) or Low luster. I chose the latter.
I would definitely do this project again. It was easy and required very little math (which is really good for me haha)! Good luck on your Do it yourself brick veneer backsplash! If you follow my tutorial please feel free to ask questions, or let me know if I missed any constructive pointers! I’d also love to see your pics as well! And don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to get more Do it yourself projects emailed right to your in box!