Jun 04, 2017 5:41 pm
Long time lurker, first time poster.
I recently bought my first home and am looking for some ideas on how to hide/transform an interior brick wall eyesore.
The previous owners converted the deck into a sunroom, so the wall is actually the side of the original house. There is also a gutter pipe running right down the middle.
I was thinking of whitewashing the wall, but am not sure if I have the right kind of bricks. I am also working on a budget. Would love to have some cabinets built on top but that is out of my price range at the moment.
Any suggestions would be most welcome, especially if you speak with simple directions as I have almost zero diy experience!
Brick wall dilemma2
Jun 04, 2017 5:52 pm
The bricks don't look too bad like some, but that downpipe is an issue.
A good solution to cover bricks is render (and paint if you want), but it's best done by a professional, so would cost a bit - and its messy during application. Alternatively, paint is fine. Trouble is, if you paint you may preclude rendering at a later stage because it makes the bricks less "sticky", and removing paint from bricks is even messier. If the area is watertight, you could also batten the wall and apply plaster board (AKA drywall or gyproc), with a skirting and architrave, which would make it look like an inside wall. There are products to use if not watertight, but the skirting and architrave is visually less appropriate in that case.
The big issue, though, remains the downpipe, which would be difficult to conceal and probably even more difficult to move.
Re: Brick wall dilemma5
Jun 04, 2017 6:18 pm
If it was me, I would want to have the downpipe moved out of that spot, but obviously that would have been cheaper and easier when the sunroom was being built. Irrespective, the cheapest and most DIY friendly solution is to paint everything, but if you know someone who is handy and the area is watertight (which is probably is judging from the floor coverings), you could box in the entire area, including the downpipe, with plasterboard, and then paint that.
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