Today, I’m so excited to showcase the new brick wall that we’ve created in our living hall using Nippon Momento Travertino. Truth be told, V and I have always wanted a brick wall. We explored this idea with various interior designers before we renovated our home a year ago, but at the end, we shelved the idea due to high cost.
Recently, we discovered Nippon Momento Travertino – the latest Designer Series from Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint – that allows us to create our brick wall at a much lower cost and we were truly excited about it. Okay lah, it’s not really “cheap” but if compared to other brick wall options, it costs ~50% cheaper. Yup, that’s significant savings – I know.
Picture Credit: Nippon Paint Momento Website
Brick Wall Options & Advantages of Nippon Momento Travertino
What’s the advantage of Nippon Momento Travertino over other brick wall options, you may wonder. First of all, let me share with you several brick wall options that are widely available in the market today (based on what I learnt from my past experience).
There are real bricks, brick tiles, hollow blocks, stucco, stones and wallpaper. Most IDs that we’ve met recommended stucco because it is easy to maintain and can last for more than five years. Wallpaper might look artificial – lacks the 3D effects and depending on its quality, it might peel off too.
Real bricks would definitely look genuine, but they are space-consuming, heavy and unsuitable for petite spaces. Stucco takes about three days while a real brick wall takes about five days to construct, thus resulting in high labour costs. Both options cost above $3K for the wall in our living hall (dimension 2.3m by 3.5m).
The most common problems with bricks are the different colours and sizes after the wall has been built, crack lines, positioning as well as alignment.
We created our brick wall using Nippon Momento Travertino in just one day at a fraction of the price. We felt that the main advantages of Travertino are:
- lower cost (obviously the MAJOR plus point!),
- no alignment / positioning problem,
- all the bricks have the same size and colour,
- it is light and doesn’t look too heavy,
- it’s faster to build – less inconvenience especially when we’ve moved in.
In addition, the most unique part of Travertino is that it can be easily carved, shaped or patterned; mix and match with any colours for endless creative combinations. Apart from brick pattern, you can also create block or weave line designs. Travertino has a white base. Therefore, it can be mixed, matched and glazed over with any Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint to create your own unique feature wall.
Amazing, isn’t it?
Now, let me briefly share with you the process of creating the brick wall using Travertino.
First of all, the wall was prepped by applying a coat of Momento Primer. Then, the wall was measured and the brick patterns were carefully marked on the wall using tapes horizontally and vertically. Next, the Travertino paint was applied on the wall. The paint is grey and looks like cement to me. When it dries out, the colour becomes white.
The paint was left to dry for about an hour before the tapes were removed. The painter removed the tapes, strips by strips, very carefully to prevent chipping. I was SO amazed by the process. It certainly eliminates problems such as alignment, positioning and different brick sizes.
Finally, the wall took about four hours to dry out completely. And the end result is a BEAUTIFUL white brick wall with a raw and natural resort feel.
Before and After
This is how my living hall looked like – before and after Nippon Momento Travertino.
Initially, we planned to glaze over the Travertino with Momento Reflections MS144 special effects paint. However, when we saw the beautiful white finish when the Travertino completely dries out, we fell in love with it lol.
Thus, we decided to skip the paint and leave our Travertino as it is. White brick wall matches perfectly with our interior and we simply LOVE its raw and unfinished look! And oh well, we cut down some costs too =)
This brick wall is going to a perfect backdrop for my photo-shooting. Yeah, you’ll soon see lots of them on my blog and Instagram, hehee!
All in all, we were so impressed with Nippon Momento Travertino. Now, I have a beautiful white brick wall with a raw and natural resort feel in my living hall. The bricks were properly aligned and equally sized. The more I look at it, the more I like it. =)
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