Your Questions About Fake Brick Panels

Mary asks…

Have you guys seen the two-story trailer houses they have now??

Whenever I see one I wonder what would happen if someone lit a fire in the fake fireplace.. would it catch the upstairs shag carpeting on fire? Would the fire spread and burn down the fake brick paneling?
Dating my brother?? When did I ask about that?? I thought those thoughts stayed in my head…
My brother LeRoy, that is..

Mr. Thin Brick answers:

Heck, woman, i done that years ago. I got me a shed from Lowe’s and added a 3rd bedroom “upstairs” as a guest room.

Nancy asks…

How to keep my wall clean? Stove is next to the wall—grease splatters!?

My stove is right next to my wall. The previous owners used a flat paint which just seems to absorb the grease that splatters. It doesn’t help that the paint is white. How can I keep the wall clean?

I’ve considered:
1) painting with some other type of paint (satin? semi-gloss? ????) which is washable (the problem here is that it is an old house with some imperfections in the wall, so would the shinier paint highlight those?)

2) putting up a (fake) brick panel, like we have as a backsplash….but if we do that, do we have to do the whole wall or just a section near the stove…and would that look stupid just to do a section? If we do the whole wall, would that look stupid when it meets the corner?

3) ????? other options ??????

Please help! I may not be the best housekeeper, but I would like my house to work with me, instead of against me! 🙂

Thanks!
I already have a backsplash. I’m wondering about the wall right next to my stove. There’s no counter there…just a wall.
What is TSP?

Mr. Thin Brick answers:

Here is a cheap alternative for a modern day look. Aluminum Flashing! Sold at Lowes in a roll for roof applications. You will need thick gloves and sheet metal scissors to cut it with. The edges are sharp. I trimmed mine out with a backsplash trim sold at Lowe’s for a hammered backsplash they sale. I paid $1.16 each, needed 3 pieces. They come in copper, stainless, brushed stainless. My finished backsplash looks like stainless steel. Alternative: purchase Stainless steel contact paper or something similar to it and apply it to a piece of precut MDF. Use finishing nails to attach to wall and trim out with the trim I mentioned before. Easy to wash.

Sharon asks…

How to keep my wall clean and grease free? The stove is right next to wall.?

My stove is right next to my wall. The previous owners used a flat paint which just seems to absorb the grease that splatters. It doesn’t help that the paint is white. How can I keep the wall clean?

I’ve considered:
1) painting with some other type of paint (satin? semi-gloss? ????) which is washable (problem here is that it is an old house with some imperfections in the wall, so would the shinier paint highlight those?)

2) putting up a (fake) brick panel, like we have as a backsplash….but if we do that, do we have to do the whole wall or just a section near the stove…and would that look stupid just to do a section? If we do the whole wall, would that look stupid when it meets the corner?

3) ????? other options ??????

Please help! I may not be the best housekeeper, but I would like my house to work with me, instead of against me! 🙂

Thanks!

Mr. Thin Brick answers:

Here are two options I know of:
put up a sheet of plexi-glass to keep grease off your wall, it is clear and washable or I have heard of pre treating your wall with furniture polish like pledge and then cleaning periodically and re-applying the pledge ( I know this sounds weird but I have heard it works beautifully.

George asks…

would you buy this home?

SO my parents are trying to sell their home, and they don’t want to go all out and fix it up. It hasn’t been fixed since the ’70’s and we live in the woods. In the house is fake wood paneling (and fake brick in the living room) different kinds lengths up the wall and only in some of the rooms. Also in the living room she put down the green carpeting called “flor” which is squares that can come up or w.e Mother has hired a “Handy man” to put in these UGLY orange brown fake wood flooring that looks HORRIBLE and he suggested he paint the wood paneling and leave the fake brick instead of taking it down. Now we have looked at the “comparable” my bf and I my mother won’t put in the work, and NO other houses selling for what they need to get have wood paneling,fake brick or ugly flooring. They are all very nice and “normal” looking updated I guess. What do you think about the wood paneling and the ugly flooring? Not to mention the kitchen has white Formica on the counter tops, and weird striped wood cabinets with grooves in them. She thinks it’s nice and ALL of the homes have updated kitchens (like granite, and nice flooring)
oh and the handy man is covering the ROTTEN floor with the new flooring, and not getting rid of the rot

Mr. Thin Brick answers:

If it sells it will sell cheap to someone who is willing to spend the money to update it. Sounds like it needs alot of updating.

Charles asks…

instead of sheetrok, what paintable product can be used on rough walls??

have several walls with cemt from fake brick removal, no way using sheetrock, have to spackle,sand, etc, too messy. want wall product can paint, rest walls panels, ned brighten up rom and some spaces small wall ares, so not 4×8 sizes. PLEASE SENSIBLE REPLIES ONLY, DO IT SELFER HER !!!

Mr. Thin Brick answers:

If you don’t need to sheet rock and are happy enough with the texture of the walls just paint them i took plaster to my walls in random directions and then we sprayed them with paint…..i like the textured look

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