Homeowner DIY Extreme: Creating Faux Brick on Home Exterior

How do you transform a dull, brown stucco home exterior into a neighborhood showpiece? If you’re Greg Garrett, you hand-stencil a faux brick pattern on your house using four different colors of RollerRock® from Daich Coatings.

 “I’ve always been interested in art, inventing and trying new things,” says Garrett, a homeowner in Alliance, Neb. “If most people go left, I go right. I’ve always liked new and innovative ideas, and this stone coating piqued my interest as a way to finish the stucco part of the house.”

Steps to Success

Garrett got it “right” when he decided back in 2006 to do something no one else had done before — create a unique, random color pattern by mixing and rolling on the real stone paint. He used a base coat of medium brown, and then mixed the base coat with three different colors to create different brick highlights.

“I purchased several large rolls of self-adhesive paper stencils with a running brick pattern,” says Garrett. “Then I worked randomly over the entire stencil by dabbing the different colors on the house. It was very labor-intensive, but had extremely realistic results.”

Realistic Results

Garrett painted around the entire home exterior, transforming the house and creating enhanced curb appeal. He even continued the pattern up the fireplace chimney on the roof and used RollerRock on an 18-inch foundation around the bottom of the house.

 

“Most people believe we have real brick on our home,” says Garrett. “For 14 years the RollerRock has held up great. I put a clear s

ealer over it every two to three years. Where there are minimal cracks I go back and repaint them with RollerRock. Overall, the product has held up great and given new life to the exterior of our home!”

More on RollerRock

The real stone coating of RollerRock resists freeze/thaw conditions, mold, mildew, water and UV rays. Traditionally used on horizontal surfaces (like walkways and driveways), the durable product also resists salt, chemical, impact and abrasion, along with hot tire pickup.

Available in 15 colors, RollerRock is laboratory tested to provide up to double the recommended OSHA slip-resistance rating. Two coats is all it takes to achieve a lasting textured stone floor that delivers added foot traction and safety to walking surfaces.

From Dark to Bright!

SpreadStone Countertop Refinishing Kit

Nick Pennell took a leap of faith. And it successfully brought him from a dark kitchen to a bright, welcoming kitchen!

            “I had a Forest Green countertop with an oak wood trim,” says Pennell, a resident of Davisburg, Michigan. “It made the entire kitchen dark and I couldn’t stand it.

“I researched all types of counter top kits and found the SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit on the Home Depot website. I liked the idea of ground-up stone in the Natural White coating. I’m really pleased with the results.”

Easy and Fast

            A big reason Pennell selected the Daich Coatings product is because of how easy it is to use.

“I’m not an artistically creative person,” says Pennell. “The idea of creating swirls and adding paint chips that were required in other products had me nervous. However, I can use a brush and roller, which is all that was needed with the SpreadStone kit. That definitely fit my comfort level.”

            The Natural White countertop kit arrived with all application tools and required coatings to transform up to 40 square feet of surface. The finishes are essentially odorless and come pre-mixed and ready to apply immediately, with no harsh chemicals.

           Application of the product can be done in three simple steps — a stone base coat, a decorative stone coat and a stone clear top coat. The coatings create a lasting and elegant upgrade for countertops.

Planning More Projects

“This is a product I strongly believe in,” says Pennell. “I’m now looking into the

SpreadStone Wall Tile Refinishing Kit for another project. I’m so impressed with the Daich Coatings products that I’m actively searching around my house for projects.

            “In the meantime, my kitchen transformation is terrific. It’s no longer a dark area of the home. The Natural White countertops give the room a more open and inviting feeling. This was a terrific and cost effective project for our home!”

Tips from Nick

            From his experience with the SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Kit, Pennell offers these tips to people tackling their own countertop revival:

  • Take your time to prep well and carefully apply the painters tape. Don’t speed up this process because it’s really important to the final success.
  • Sand, sand, sand. Make sure the surface is clean of dust between every coat.
  • Give the clear coat plenty of time to dry before removing the tape. Also, score the corners gently with a knife before you remove the tape. Then take the tape off slowly and carefully.