This has to be one of the most fun results we’ve gotten from a DIY to date. I just adore the character!

old brick wall advertising

I’ve always loved the look of hard lofts – warehouses and factories converted into homes and workspaces. I can’t get enough exposed brick, floor to ceiling windows, ductwork and open living. But I live in a backsplit in the suburbs with my family and a loft conversion is not really an option right now.

But Dean and I are DIYers at heart. And who says you can’t DIY a little hard loft look in a suburban backsplit?

Enter faux brick panelling. (Shhh, that’s our secret!)

Truth be told ever since I saw Katie’s faux brick nursery wall, I’ve been itching to put one somewhere – anywhere – in my house! There are two things humorous about this:

  1. Katie is my blog “Star” for Creating with the Stars 2014.
  2. She had NO idea I was making the brick wall for round 2 because she just had baby number three and was incommunicado all week!

old brick wall advertising collage 1

Another thing I found funny were the comments on Facebook when I was finally allowed to tell everyone that this coffee wall was our project. Especially this one:

facebook comment starbucks

Who knew I was so predictable?! (Thanks, Dandelion Patina! xo)

old brick wall advertising collage 2

And for those who keep asking where we actually put this beautiful wall of goodness:

old brick wall advertising before and after

It’s going to look even better after we refinish the stairs, install laminate upstairs and redo the railing!

And can I just say it was a real bear to photograph – with the railing and bulkhead getting in the way and the fact that it had to be anonymous for the contest!


Anyway, Dean and I do plan to write a tutorial for you. We’ll get it up as soon as possible. But since we’re still competing in Creating with the Stars and trying to keep things as normal as possible for our family, we are going to make you wait just a little while for it.

UPDATE: The tutorial is now available: How to Create Old Brick Wall Advertising in Your House!

Are you a fan of hard lofts? Do you like industrial style brick painted walls?

P.S. Thank you to our friends Jay & Rachel and Chip & Beth for lending us the tripod lamp and black Eames-style chair to help us keep the styling anonymous!

shannon sign off

home made lovely book on table with get it now text button

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  1. Oh, my lands! I totally voted for the old brick wall advertising!! And look! It was yours! Now… let’s do this project in MY house, shall we???!! WHEN are you coming over for coffee and redecorating?! Have a happy weekend!

  2. WOW. I really love this. We’ve got a brick wall in our kitchen that I’m dying to do something like this to. So much that I’ve even got a pinterest board devoted to painted brick! Pinning this. I can’t wait to see your tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration. ~ Angie

  3. I voted for you too! I love it! I loved both your houses and you were an inspiration when my husband and I were house hunting.

  4. This wall is fantastic! I just found your blog via Tatertots and Jello and before sitting to read the rest of it, I wanted to comment. Great job! Cindy

  5. I can’t tell you how much I am totally in love with this wall! I have to admit to being a little (okay a LOT) green with envy! It’s so awesome and I totally need on right his minute!
    Great project!

    1. You can totally make one for your own house! We really will have to tutorial up asap!

  6. To answer your question – I want a brick wall more than any other architectural element! If it was on a loft wall with a soaring ceiling I might think I was in heaven. When I saw your wall I was so charmed! If I had a solid wall in my kitchen I would make one tomorrow! I also love urban brick painting. I live in a suburb of Detroit so I get to see a lot of it when I go through some of the older areas around downtown. I will confess that I had to vote for the pixelated wall because it was unbelievable, but you beat all the rest by a mile in my mind. I LOVE your wall. I love the graphic you chose. I love the color. I love everything about it. I don’t usually gush, but here I am gushing over your brick wall art. I’m sorry that chair isn’t yours, because it goes perfectly with the whole vibe. Congrats on your success in CWTS. Good luck this week!

    1. Well, thank you for the gushing…it’s really nice to be gushed over once in awhile!

  7. I am in love with this brick wall! I am most definitely going to have to try something like this! Great job!

    Emily @

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE this brick wall. I just moved into a new place — and it has a painted brick wall in the kitchen! I was totally stumped on what to do with it until I saw this. Can’t wait for the tutorial! (hint, hint!)

  9. I am SO doing this in our shop which is housed in an old barn. We are in phase 2 of renovations and this would be so cool to do in a section on the exterior wall. The phase 1 reno has shutters & doors of all shapes & sizes plus metal roofing on its walls. So YES I do love industrial! I do hope you have time soon to share the tutorial…can you tell I’m excited?!

    1. The tutorial is up – sorry I forgot to link it to this post. Done now. See update above!