In the 1980’s many houses in Perth were built with what was then known as “Feature Brick Walls”
It was basically a clever ploy by the builders to have large expanses of brick wall left unplastered, and then claim it gave some sort of “country” feel to the plan. It didn’t.
We are particularly earthquake free in Perth…I will have to tell of the terrible “tremor” of 1979 another time. Hence Perth is peculiar, as most houses are fully brick inside and out.
Our home is no exception. We bought it to house a large family and had to live with the “exposed brick”. It was a boon when the kids were little. They could throw food up and down the walls, bash the chairs against them and sometimes their heads, and leave no mark. The downside is that we always hated exposed brick.
So at last, now that I have a few spare days, I determined to change our brick wall into French paneling. This sequence of photos shows you how I got there in the end. I am still just deciding whether to fill the top panels in fabric inserts, a la the French style, or hand paint some matching Renaissance designs to complete the effect. Apologies for the blurry photos. Actually doing physical labor brought on an attack of the palsy.