Do Up Diary #64 Forming a ‘frame’ around exposed bricks using plasterboard

Framing exposed bare brick with plasterboard

First floor landing as of today. Yes, we live behind the plastic sheeting!

I thought it’d be interesting to do something a bit different with the exposed bricks in the hallway – after we’d worked so very hard cleaning them up! – and came up with the idea of framing the areas with a 200mm edge of plasterboard. I haven’t seen this done anywhere else and am very excited to see it skimmed and finished.

Even in these early stages it seems to have a number of advantages:

  1. The brickwork looks almost like artwork in itself, bordered on three sides by board and on the bottom edge by the skirtings. Imagine the edges painted in a beautiful off-white….
  2. Framing exposed bare brick with plasterboard The insulated board at 22mm depth provides a support for the coving above, backed as it is by loose, old plaster. Adhesive has also been ‘persuaded’ up behind the coving to further secure it.Framing exposed bare brick with plasterboard
  3. The plasterboard frame now covers the loose brickwork and excessive gaps around the edges and also the lintel ends over the doors.
  4. I can add picture rail to the edge of the plasterboard and hang artwork or my saved wallpaper panels in the brick recesses.
  5. Best of all and most of all, it looks great and really sets off the deep red original brickwork. Visualise a stunning piece of art hanging down in the space below over the bricks and a little candle in the brick gap / hole!Framing exposed bare brick with plasterboard I’m delighted with the experiment. Someone else, however, is not so impressed with the mess and nor am I impressed with her mucky paw print all over my bed!! 😉

Missy Builder Cat in the midst of re-plastering

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