Monday, 5 September 2016

Walk In Wardrobe Part 2...

Even before the stud wall was built, creating the space for the wardrobe, I was planning its interior.

So many options!

Fabulously girly?

Sleek and modern?

One of those hanging systems?

Er, some of these are clearly ROOMS rather than walk in wardrobes!

All very lovely. But the vibe I'm going for in this house is cottagey. It's not desperately old but the rooms are not generous, the ceilings are not high and the upstairs rooms have sloping walls as they're in the roof, so I can get away with it. The house was devoid of any character whatsoever when we moved in so it's been great to work with a blank canvas in many respects but you also have to work with what you've got.

We aren't going to get away with grand. I have no interest in modern. And too girly isn't fair on the husband. Plus I'm not really a girly girl.

I like old.


A bit of industrial...

But most of all, I want to get this look without spending a fortune and I want to do it all myself.

So let's start with the brick wall. I decided to create one feature wall. I knew I wanted something more substantial than wallpaper so I started investigating Brick Slips.

To get a beautiful brick slip, cut from real reclaimed bricks you are looking at anything from £40 per square metre plus carriage. And they're not light. Or easy to cut.

I found these...

On eBay from NGT DESIGN

No this is not a sponsored post.

The beauty of these brick slips is that they are half the price of real ones, are flexible and easily cut with scissors.

They come in seven different colours and I wondered if I could turn them from this...

into something more like this...

real bricks

So I had a little play with paint and went from this...

To this...

I'll explain how next time. 

But I'll give you a sneaky peak of how it all turned out!

my bricks

I'm in love with my faux brick wall. I can never, ever move house again. Sadly I now have to give away most of my clothes so that they don't obliterate the feature wall in the wardrobe. 
Back soon...


  1. I had no idea what a brick slip was! Fabulous paint job on them EK.

  2. I thought you used 4" bricks! magic

    1. They really look genuine but they're just 5mm thick. A very clever product.

  3. Wow, LOVE those brick slips! I thought for a moment that the first photo was your finished walk in wardrobe! I too am a big fan of old and industrial, I really wanted a snap on tool cupboard for the bathroom but they were just a little too expensive. xx

    1. Hehe, I think other people thought that too because I have a lot of page hits today! I loved your industrial grunge bathroom. I hope you like the end result with my wardrobe. xx

  4. Great paint job's always sooo satisfying distressing with paint...I love it xxx

  5. Bricks look great! Well done

  6. The first house I ever bought had a weird fake brick wall - I didn't really like it but it made for some interesting conversations with visitors.
    We've got a couple of exposed brick walls in our house, you've done a great job with the colour. xxx

    1. I'm hoping the faux brick has come a long way! You're lucky to have the real thing. xxx

  7. The faux brick looks amazing. As for the wardrobe, I would go completely minimal with lots of cream!

  8. You never cease to amaze and impress me with your skills, resourcefulness and sheer bloody madness, Emma! Can't wait to see it all done and dusted and looking wonderful. xx

    1. Thank you! Great to hear from you. Hope all is well with you. xxxx

  9. Hi Emma,
    Great job! Bricks look amazing!

  10. No need for brick in this old house - it's all built of charmingly (?) named rubble stone - but I really want to know how you achieved that look! How very clever!

  11. Emma Kate, I MISS you - please blog again soon! xx

    1. Bless you. I plan to but my life got turned upside down in August. We had a 5 month wait for my daughter to be diagnosed with a rare degenerative neurological condition. There's no cure or treatment. It's all consuming. And depressing. I will get back to blogging and mu blogging friends I promise but for now I'm licking my wounds. xxxx


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