How to paint a brick effect

Written by jonah morrissey | 13/05/2017
How to paint a brick effect
Imitate the texture of a brick wall using a brick stencil. (Getty Creative)

Painting a brick effect is an affordable way to add character to your living space. Brick walls add charm and detail to a room's overall design. Faux brick is painted in a series of steps to achieve the final texture and depth of a brick wall. Since there is a wide variety of brick colours and appearances, you can select the colour palette to achieve just the type of brick appearance that you want for your home.

Roll a coat of mortar-colour paint onto the wall using a paint roller. Allow the paint to dry at least four hours.

Stencil on the brick pattern using a brick stencil, a stencil brush and the brick-coloured paint. Start at one end and work your way across in rows using the brick stencil. Allow the paint to dry at least four hours after you have completed the brick stencilling.

Pour brown or black paint into a paint tray. Mix 1 part paint to 4 parts glazing medium in the tray.

Dab the surface of the bricks with a sponge that has been dampened with the glazing mix. This will create depth and texture to the bricks for a more realistic result. Apply this technique until you are satisfied with the overall effect. Allow the paint treatment to dry for 72 hours before placing anything on the wall.


Experiment with a variety of glazing mixtures to achieve a realistic brick effect on your wall.


Make sure that the area you are painting in is adequately ventilated.

Things you need

  • Mortar-colour paint
  • Paint roller
  • Roller pan
  • Brick stencil
  • Stencil brush
  • Brick-colour paint
  • Brown or black glazing paint
  • Paint tray
  • Container, glazing medium
  • Sponge

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