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:
- 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….
- 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.
- The plasterboard frame now covers the loose brickwork and excessive gaps around the edges and also the lintel ends over the doors.
- I can add picture rail to the edge of the plasterboard and hang artwork or my saved wallpaper panels in the brick recesses.
- 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!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!! 😉