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marrzard

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Hi all! Not sure where to turn or go to for this unique project, but basically I have a brick wall in our office loft unit that we wanted to cover with chalk paint.

Wondering what kind of material I can cover the brick wall with so that I can paint it? Foam core? Wood? Something else?

Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated.:):)

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Welcome to the site.
Do you own the building or are you allowed to make changes?
Are they outside walls and if yes is the brick the exterior of the building?
 

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We are renting but allowed to make changes if they aren't structurally invasive.

Interior of the building behind a desk, so it doesn't have to be perfect.
 

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It looks more like block than brick, however, any "covering" will change the architecture in a manner different than painting.
 

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If approved by the owner, aluminum stud wall covered with drywall. paint of your choosing.
If not approved, some large-ish partition wall sold by many office furniture companies (a.k.a cubicle stuff)
 

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Why not just clean off some of those mortar joints and paint it as it is. I think the block wall is an interesting texture painted.
 

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If approved by the owner, aluminum stud wall covered with drywall. paint of your choosing.
If not approved, some large-ish partition wall sold by many office furniture companies (a.k.a cubicle stuff)
Agree with one correction. All the metal studs I've used are galvanized steel not aluminum. There would be no reason to make the studs out of aluminum versus steel. Steel is much cheaper and weight isn't an issue, the main reason for substituting aluminum for steel. You can't stack enough steel studs up on a trailer to come close to being overweight for shipping. I have a torpedo level I used all the time while working with steel studs. It has a magnet on one side which comes in really handy when plumbing the studs.
 

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Yup, should have said steel. My bad.

Beachguy is right though. You can just paint it. Or if you don't like the texture of painted block, trowel on a coat of mud first.
 
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a large classroom style chalk board hung on the wall would be the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to go.
 

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Chalkboard paint is kind of a 2000 thing, I hear it has gone out of style. Anyway, it would really wear down your chalk on rough brick and wouldn't erase very well. If the thought is to use it as a chalkboard you'd want something smoother.

The steel stud idea has the advantage of being pretty non-touch to the structure. You could do several furring strips but they'd need to be fastened to the brick. I made a bike rack years ago that I had in a townhouse that didn't need any attachment to the house. It was a friction fit with adjustable bolts to tighten it up between the floor and the ceiling. Something like that would be totally no-damage to the structure.
 

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Chris,
Wouldn't those be pretty permanent? How about just using wallpaper under-liner and painting that? That could probably be stripped off easier.
 

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The OP has not been back so it was likely just a passing thought.
But if they are coming back and reading this stuff.
If the block is the exterior of the building in a cooler climate moisture will wick thru the block, so anything stuck on the wall will stop the moisture and cause problems .
So what ever is done has to allow are flow around it or completely sealed and insulated to stop the wicking.
 

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The OP has not been back so it was likely just a passing thought.
But if they are coming back and reading this stuff.
If the block is the exterior of the building in a cooler climate moisture will wick thru the block, so anything stuck on the wall will stop the moisture and cause problems .
So what ever is done has to allow are flow around it or completely sealed and insulated to stop the wicking.

Ok so hang a chalkboard but install some standoffs for air flow.
 
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Chris,
Wouldn't those be pretty permanent? How about just using wallpaper under-liner and painting that? That could probably be stripped off easier.
It would certainly be easier and less expensive. You would probably have to do 2 layers and cross-hatch them to cover the cinder block seams.
 

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