How to Make a Fake Brick Wall

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How to Make a Fake Brick Wall
Painted brick can look like the real thing. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Brick accent walls are very popular in homes and can provide atmosphere and style. If you do not have a real brick wall, you can create one in paint. This allows you to control the size, colour and layout of the bricks. Painting fake brick is not challenging but needs practice. Trial this technique on a piece of cardboard or lumber before committing to the wall.

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Paint containers
  • Mixing sticks
  • Tarp
  • Painters tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Sea sponges
  • Level
  • Yardstick
  • Pencil
  • Newspaper

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    Purchase ivory, dark grey and brick-coloured paint.

  2. 2

    Mix the following colours in separate containers: Ivory and dark grey equals medium grey,ivory and brick equals light brick, dark grey and brick equals dark brick. The exact shades are unimportant so long as you are happy with them.

  3. 3

    Lay down a tarp to protect against drips and mask off any windows, doorways or trim with painter's tape.

  4. 4

    Paint the wall with medium grey paint and allow it to dry.

  5. 5

    Dab on dark grey paint with a sea sponge to create a mottled texture. Allow the second coat of paint to dry.

  6. 6

    Lightly dab on light grey paint for highlights. Let the entire wall dry overnight.

  7. 7

    Tear strips of 1-inch painter's tape down the middle. Stick them back together to form 1/2-inch strips with torn edges on both sides.

  8. 8

    Use a level and yardstick to draw a brick pattern on the wall with a yardstick. Use a pencil and keep your lines as light as possible.

  9. 9

    Gently apply tape over the lines to mask off the areas where the mortar will go. Don't press the tape down hard or it will pull off the grey paint when you remove it.

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    Paint a coat of the brick colour over the wall and tape. Dab the wet paint with a rough green sponge for texture and allow the paint to dry.

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    Sponge a few random bricks with the dark brick colour and a few with the light brick colour. Bricks in real walls are rarely all the same colour.

  12. 12

    Drybrush all the bricks with the dark and light brick colours to give them more texture and detail. To dry brush, dip the brush in paint then wipe most of it off on a newspaper before brushing the wall. It will create subtle streaks and lines.

  13. 13

    Allow all of the paint to dry overnight.

  14. 14

    Peel off the masking tape to reveal the mortar.

  15. 15

    Paint dark grey shadows on the mortar under each brick if desired.

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