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How to paint a brick effect

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. Tip

    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.

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Things You'll 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

About the Author

Jonah Morrissey

Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.

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