Adding Brick to an Interior Wall

Today we are laying up an interior brick wall. This is an accent wall. It’s not structural. It doesn’t have to withstand weather or anything. It’s just an interior accent wall. So, this wall is supposed to look like a brick wall that, maybe, used to have plaster on it or something and it got chiseled off and cleaned up for accent. You see that a lot. We’ve done that for a lot for customers in fact. So, now we’re laying this out from scratch in a newer house that’s made to look like an older house. So, we’ve got to have a few tips there. We’ve got to understand a little bit of the differences.

So, what we’re doing here is we’re scraping the joint with a trowel like this. We’re not pointing. Like, if you did an exterior joint, you might point that out with the point or you might take a striker and you strike that joint. These have a lot of bumps and chips. We’re using these bricks that have … I don’t know if you can see that on the camera, but they’ve got a lot of bumps. It kind of looks like an old brick that might have been in a wall like this.

So, what we’re going to do now is we’re going to go ahead and lay up one of these rows. We’re going to bed the joint here. Now, this is not a video on how to lay brick. I had a couple of uncles that were bricklayers and I got taught a lot of tips from them, but I am no expert bricklayer. So, don’t take all this as the absolute best process for laying bricks. But I know enough to play one on YouTube. So, anyway.

Let’s just see if we can get this joint in and I’ll show you a little bit how we’re doing this.

Alright. So, now we’re going to start with a full brick because I had a half brick here. Now, another thing that you see in these old brick walls, believe me, I’ve seen a bunch of them, is you see some of these end bricks going through that would’ve attached through to another course in their wall. Those little walls were three or four courses thick. Most of the time, 13 to 18 inches thick. And we’ve got a couple of those in our rows here. Now, we’re going to go with a couple of regular rows next. I ended with a half brick so I’m going to start with a full brick. Then, we’re going to do a few more in here.

I’m going to have to get a little more mortar. Hang on just a second here. Sorry about that. We’re back. Alright. So, we’re going to butter each joint on the end. After we did our bed joint here, we’re still going to butter the end. Now, what we do is, if you can see this, when we butter the joint, lots of times you butter this way, too. But in this case, I’m not doing that. I’m just buttering these two directions because I want to leave this as full on this end as I can. Now, we press that in. We’re going to get good squish out on all four sides that way. Or all three sides. I’m sorry. Of the brick.

So, we butter that, take the next one. Do the same thing. Butter both ways that way. Then, squish that in. Do the joint here. Now, we’re going to just keep repeating. And I’m setting them as I go. Again, this is not a tutorial on how to lay brick. If you were doing a wall, you’d probably lay your corners first. Mark your joints on the sides. And the bricks, you’d have a story pole here, and you’d mark every brick where it needs to be. You’d lay up this side, lay up this side. You’d have a streamline between. You’d need to be right on that streamline. That’s the way you normally lay brick. This is not the look we’re going for, here. We’re going for sort of a rough look. The brick layer that laid those walls up, the inner wall and these plaster walls, would’ve just gone through quickly. They would’ve been up and down, but that’s about it. I mean, they wouldn’t have cared about too much irregularity that way. A little bit of ins and outs was fine. So, we’re kind of trying to duplicate that whole thing here.

Now, we got a piece of a brick on the edge. You take your brick hammer here. Somewhere, I got a brick hammer. And so, what we’re going to have to do is we’re going to have to make a score here. so, chip along there. Along there. along there. And now, let’s see if we can get this to break right. Worked right for you. Now, you get to see it. Now, we’re going to lay that brick in there.

Alright. So now, the difference here on these joints as to in a regular joint is like I’m telling you, you don’t want to run those joints too much with your trowel because it will look too finished. You want the look to be like it was] broken and chipped off flat. So, now we’re going to take our level. And again, I didn’t mean to indicate that you don’t use a level at all. We are going to use a level a little bit, but we’re just not being real fussy about it. So, we’re going to set all these bricks. I’ll tap them down because I don’t want it to be way out, way messed up.

Alright. That’s pretty decent there. Now, again, I’m going to show you. What we’re going to do is we’re just going to try to scrape these off and what I’ve been doing, I’ll over fill it. So, if you want to fill that. I’ll over fill it and then come back and kind of scrape it which gives me that look that I want.

Again, you want that kind of irregular look. A little bit of a rough texture. So, I got a little area I got to fill. So, can you pull in a little bit to see this? So, I have to put some mortar in there. Probably going to be a little hard to see this on camera, but I’m going to put extra mortar in there. And then, I’m going to try to scrape it off because I don’t want a smooth across there. It’s just going to really change the look of it.

Alright. That’s about all you want to do now. Now, what I’ve been doing is I take a soft brush, like this, kind of a soft brush, and I’ve been going over it afterwards. I won’t do that one just yet, but these other courses are fine. Come over here and just kind of knock off the rough spots. Just blend it just a little bit, not a lot.

Have a great weekend. Take care.

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