Bag a House: How to Pack a Brick Wall – Cost, Colors & Ideas


What is bagging

Bagging a home is an alternative to plaster that leaves the masonry with a textured layer of blemishes and dents that, when complete, can be left as is or repainted. Unlike plaster, it offers a rustic feel and does not attempt to disguise the masonry it covers. All contours and dents of the mortar and brick joints remain visible.

Wall bagging takes its name from the burlap bags traditionally used to finish the job. While many choose to bag a home for aesthetic reasons, there are practical reasons for bagging homes as well. The practice actually helps protect your masonry.

Other attractions of bagging a home include the fact that it can be done by skilled handymen. Unlike rendering, the inevitable imperfections are all part of its charm. On top of that, bagging a brick wall will cost you less than rendering.

Materials needed for bagging brick houses

Although, as mentioned, bagging a wall traditionally involves a burlap sack or rag, the mortar used in the process can just as easily be applied with a soft brush, broom, trowel or sponge. .

In terms of materials, bagging a house requires cement, sand, and a plasticizer (for example, hydrated lime). The purpose of lime is to make the mortar easier to work with and to increase its ability to withstand heat and humidity. The sand used to bag a brick wall should be coarser than the sand used for the plaster.

How to Pack a Brick House – A Guide to Bagging Houses

Step 1: First clean the wall thoroughly and wait for the patches to dry.

2nd step: Add water to the sand and cement to create the plaster. Note that the amount of water to add depends on whether you want to do wet bagging or dry bagging. If you choose dry bagging you can start the job before the plaster is completely dry, while for wet bagging you have to wait for the mortar to dry completely.

Step 3: Using your burlap sack or other tool, apply the bagging render with a circular motion or straight strokes. The method of application depends on the desired effect.

What types of finishes are possible?

The finish is determined by the application technique used as well as the choice of wet bagging or dry bagging. The difference between wet and dry simply depends on the amount of water added to the mixture.

In other words, getting the finish you want is a simple task. Any enthusiastic owner who is willing to get their hands dirty and work hard should get the results they want.

Those looking for a washed-out look should go for wet bagging, while for those wanting a thicker textured finish, they should go for dry bagging applied with burlap. Alternatively, using a trowel will give a smoother look and using a sponge will provide a finish in between these two extremes.

Beyond that, those who want to be more creative can consider things like adding color or going for a Mediterranean look. To do this, simply add pigment to the mortar and then perform swirling movements during the application phase.

Other options include using both horizontal and vertical for a box-like appearance and using semi-gloss or low-sheen acrylic paints for a more traditional look and feel. Whichever route you choose, you can be sure that you will get a beautiful interior or exterior wall for less than if you had chosen the render option.

Bagging vs rendering – which is better

As to the obvious question of which is the best option between bagging a house or returning a house, as is the case with many of these questions, there is no definitive answer. It really is an individual choice. While bagging will cost you less and is easy enough to do as a DIY job, some just prefer the cleaner, more even look that a professional rendering job offers.

Bagging Images

dry bagging burlap application

1. Dry bagging with burlap application

In this example, the combination of dry bagging and burlap sack application provides a thick textured appearance that perfectly complements the prominent masonry.

wet bagging straight vertical application

2. Wet bagging supplemented by straight vertical application technique

Unlike example number one, in this case we have wet bagging on a less sharply defined brick wall. The direction of application gives a pleasant and uniform appearance, although rustic.

exterior wall wet bagging

3. Wet bagging on exterior wall

Here, the exterior wall of bagged bricks contrasts effectively with the exposed brick in the industrial-style kitchen. While the white wall blends well with the neighboring property, in this case the rendering would have been too contrasting when paired with the industrial kitchen.

exterior wall dry bagging

4. Dry bagging on an exterior wall

This is classic dry bagging with a great choice of colors. While all masonry imperfections remain visible and do not affect the window sill, the bagging render is free from the washed out look associated with wet bagging.

Mediterranean style wet bagging

5. Wet bagging in a Mediterranean style

The swirling application method combined with wet bagging results in an unmatched Mediterranean look and feel.

dry bagging dark exterior wall

6. Dry bagging on a dark exterior wall

Dry bagging is the obvious choice for that dark exterior wall. An absolute winner.


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