I've seen some projects recently that involve the use of trompe d'oeil (fool the eye) -- in the cases I've selected, by creating the look of real brick!
To me, brick conjures up feelings of security and reassurance. I still want to own a brick house -- in fact, I expect when I sell this place (well, at least I hope the market will be recovered by then) in 5 and 1/2 years when I retire, my vision is a small single story brick bungalow or perhaps a two-bedroom faux-Tudor style or Cape Cod. Milwaukee is loaded with them -- evidently because people felt the same way I do about these sturdy, timeless homes.
I find it very interesting that while many people are intent upon erasing brick mantels with paint, wallboard, panelling, stone resurfacing, etc., many other people are equally busy creating the look of brick where it doesn't exist by using wallcoverings, paint, stencils, brick veneer and even real brick!
The first project I want to show was done by my blogging buddy, Debbie at Debbie-Dabble. It is an exercise in utter simplicity, ingenuity, patience, and turned out fabulously! Every time I look at her post (and see her "new" patio in photographs at her fabulous blog), I still cannot believe that these are not real bricks!
Faux Brick on Concrete Patio Floor
June 21, 2012 (Debbie-Dabble)
From the enterprising and seemingly endlessly endowed with energy couple at Decorate With a Little Bit, check out this dining room redo from the "little brick cottage" the couple bought and totally rehabbed. Would you believe this is WALLPAPER covering, appropriately enough, the chimney piece in a corner of the room? I didn't believe it, and I still have a hard time believing it:
Little Brick Cottage: Dining Room, My Favorite… No… One of My Favorites!
April 17, 2012 (Decorate With a Little Bit)
Erin at Lavender and Lemon Drops created a stunning wall using faux brick panels purchased from Lowes, which she then specially treated to give it an aged/rehabbed look (you know, like the mellow brick walls that you often see in rehab projects in city dwellings on This Old House). It looks amazing:
Faux Brick Wall
May, 2012 (Lavender and Lemon Drops)
Erin's inspiration came from Brooke and Dan's blog, All Things Thrifty:
I chose this photo with Brooke wielding paint brush just to show that yep, it's actually real people who are doing these incredible things. She's cute!
Tutorial: How to paint brick to make it look old
March 5, 2012 (all Things Thrifty)
I hope you've enjoyed this little mini-tour of amazing creativity! Geez, I really feel like a slacker now...
July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan