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October 30, 2010

Interiors: Brick by brick | Life and style | The Guardian

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Interiors: Brick by brick | Life and style | The Guardian.

via Interiors: Brick by brick | Life and style | The Guardian.

Bare brick: a basic DIY guide

How do I know if I’ve got a brick wall underneath my plaster?
If your home is pre-1950s, brick was probably used. As a rule, the earlier it was built, the better the brick (some advise pre-1920 to be sure). To check, chisel plaster from a hidden corner, or look through openings already in the wall, behind radiators or by unscrewing a socket (turn off the power first).

How do I remove plaster? Is it a messy job?
Yes, and a time-consuming one, too. If there’s any loose plaster, gently scrape off, then chip away at the rest with a putty knife or chipping hammer. If it’s stuck fast, you could try muriatic acid, but this is extremely harsh and not recommended. When you’re done, clean the brick using a stiff wire brush and a mix of equal parts powdered soap and salt, and enough water to make a paste. Wash down with water and seal with one part PVA to five parts water. This will trap dust and protect the brick while allowing it to breathe, and won’t look shiny. Don’t be too perfectionist: splashes of plaster add an elegant roughness.

If I expose a brick wall, will it affect sound and heat insulation?
If it’s an external wall in particular, you may experience more draughts. And reduced sound insulation.

My house doesn’t have brick walls. Can I fake one?
Faux-brick cladding can look remarkably real, and is mess-free –totalwallcoverings.co.uk has a selection of interlocking panels, the surface made from stone particles designed to look like brick (nicer than it sounds). Or fernhillstone.com has a range of thin stone claddings and veneers.

How do I paint a brick wall?
Clean the brick as above, dry for 12 hours and give it a quick vacuum. Apply a primer (try Earthborn’s silicate primer), dry and paint – masonry paint works best. Farrow & Ball has around 100 different colours.

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