So this is something that has fascinated almost every visitor who has been to our house. Since I had been so blown away by how ingeniously and creatively it was done, I thought it would be great to share it with you in this week's Creativity 521 and maybe it will come in handy if you are intending to move or revamp your place in the near future.
Today, I'll be talking about the Nippon Momento Travertino wall that we have up in our dining room (see the tour of the dining room here), which is also what you may call the 'brick' wall.
Now, the story behind it is that I initially opted for a craftstone brick wall, you know, those thin slabs of stone that imitate the look of real bricks. We made our way to a supplier in Ubi to take a look at the showroom, decided on our choice of craftstone and bought a total of five boxes.
It was all supposed to go well when the contractor came over and he started to use some super glue mixture to stick the bricks onto the wall one by one. Well, what happened was that the bricks kept falling off one by one, no matter how much glue he used or how hard he pressed and how he tried to keep them in place.
Not only did they fall off, they also removed the paint from the freshly painted wall and even created holes in the partition wall. Right, the partition. That was precisely why the contractor couldn't use cement and why the glue didn't work - the wall was hollow. Plus, the bricks we chose happened to be a little thicker and uneven at the back.
This meant we had to eventually give up on the idea after a whole day of trying and I was feeling disappointed and dismayed. What happened then was that I was speaking to Jen, who helped me to paint all the Nippon Momento Special Effect walls in my house (take a look at the walls here), and she told me that there is a designer series called Travertino in the Momento collection. With it, you can create brick, block or weave line designs using the special textured paint.
Yup, so I decided that we should go for this instead when the first job failed and I think everything was meant to be. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I really, really love the final outcome. Take a look at how it's done!
At first, I had totally no clue of what they were doing or how they intend to create the 'brick' look. I mean, do they do it slab by slab by painting onto the wall, do they get the blocks ready first and then stick it onto the wall, just how? Their method was so clever that I was really very impressed. Read on and you'll see.
At first, I did think that the Travertino wall looked a little too dark and dull. It wasn't till it dried up over the next few days and became a more consistent shade that I began to love it more and more. While it is still 3-dimensional and not flat like wallpaper, it is also not thick so there is minimal cleaning or dusting needed. Yup, like I said, things happen for a reason and I am just happy with how everything turned out eventually.
So, here's how our Travertino wall looks like now and it is definitely one of the highlights in our House of LOVE. It's going to make an awesome photo backdrop (that's precisely why I wanted a brick wall) and you bet you'll be seeing plenty of it in future! To see a video of how the wall was done, check out my Instagram post below.
Since the start of the planning for the new nest, I knew I wanted to have a backdrop with a brick wall effect. It doesn't have to be big, but it has to be special. So after a few hiccups including using craftstone which failed to adhere to the wall that turns out to be a partition, and eventually ended up with a ruined wall and wasted boxes of materials, I decided to entrust the job to the experts at @nipponpaintsg. Here is how they helped me to achieve that brick wall effect (which features a very thin layer that saves me the trouble of dusting) with the Momento Special Effect Paint. Yup yup, I now have a not huge but definitely unique GOLD wall in my house. Just nice for CNY! Huat ah!! #ahappymumhome #nipponpaintsg #nipponpaint #momento #travertino #brickwall #homerenovation #oneofakind
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. We paid out of our own pockets for the Nippon Momento Travertino wall and we love it so much that we just had to share with you. All photographs and opinions are our own.
This post is part of the "A Happy Home" series where I share all about our new Scandinavian-themed house, the renovation process and some tips and thoughts. Moving is never easy but it comes with an indescribable sense of joy in building up the house of your dreams. Remember, home is where the heart is and nothing is more important than being able to build memories with the people you love.