contemporary, less timeworn look. Here’s how you can create an eye-catching thin brick accent wall in your man cave.
MEASURE Before purchasing your thin brick product and materials, cal- culate the square footage of the wall where you want to install the
brick. Check the coverage chart on your product packaging to see how many square feet one box of thin brick will cover. These charts typically offer multiple grout size options, giving you the opportunity to choose how wide your grout lines should be. Additionally, some brick manufacturers offer online calculators ( generalshale.com/cal- culators/brick) to help you estimate the cost of materials, with the exception of grout, mortar and any additional tools you may need to purchase. WALL PREPARATION Make sure the wall is smooth and clean, removing all dust and debris to enable the adhesive to properly bond. It’s important that you maintain a consistent wall level as much as possible by sanding away unwanted glue or residue ridges and tapping nails flush with the surface of the wall. Use a level and a chalk line to cre- ate a temporary line across the bottom of the wall. This will help you keep the bricks straight and level as you adhere them to the wall. A straight piece of wood will also serve as a temporary ledger.
CUTTING THIN BRICKS You will need to cut bricks for the left- and right-hand sides of your wall, creating half pieces that will begin your second row of bricks. Completing this step prior to installation will save you time during the process so you can avoid having to repeatedly stop to cut more bricks.
INSTALLING THIN BRICKS Begin the installation process by applying a full or half piece of thin brick in the bottom left-hand corner of the wall. Spread the mortar on the back of the brick with a notched trowel and place it on the wall, pressing slightly. Continue upward with a half-cut piece of thin brick (if you began with a full-sized piece) using the same application technique. Create even rows with the thin brick in a “half running bond” pat- tern, offsetting the thin bricks so that they overlap by half the width of the brick. This design is the most common layout for brick