Initially I thought I wanted to do a wallpaper feature wall behind our bed but I wanted something white because I ended up loving the soft white theme in here, it is very clean and bright feeling. I found this amazing wallpaper at Jones Paint & Glass and priced it out at about $140 to finish the wall (not including install). My husband did not want to do wallpaper. He did not want to install it or take it down so I had to find another alternative.
The next choice was real brick but at about $12/sqft installed this would have cost $1400.00. Although we had done real brick as our laundry backsplash and plan on doing a real brick wall in our media room, only the two of us would be seeing this wall so we decided not to invest in real brick in this particular room.
These faux brick panels are at lowes/brick panels and are $25 for a 4X8 sheet. We had them cut them at Lowe’s however we did need to adjust some of the cuts at home as well and it was really tough to get a straight line because the panels are so large and heavy. With paint the total cost of the wall was 130.00.
After installing the wall I used a scrap piece to test white washing methods. I searched white washing on Pinterest to find out the easiest way to do it but basically it was just figuring out how much water to add to the paint. I would always suggest testing it because different products and materials soak up paint differently. On the left is 1/3rd paint and 2/3 water, middle is 1/3rd water and 2/3rds paint, and on the right we added some grey paint as a test.