Faux Brick Walls

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Introduction: Faux Brick Walls

About: My wife and I have a home haunt called Terror On 20Th....I love to build props...everything from a casket to pneumatic monsters! I am also a presenter, speaker and course teacher at Halloween conventions.

We will be making "brick" walls and sections... Using joint compound

Supplies and tools needed:

1. you will need Joint Compound, a 4.5 gallon container is around $25. at any Hardware store, I bought this at the Home Depot.

2. masking tape to make the joint lines, 1/2 inch looks the best but it's hard to find...I buy the 1 inch tape and cut it down with a razor knife. A level, carpenters pencil or marker

3. a few different size putty knife's and a tape measure.

4. 1 brick to use as a template

5. brick colored flat latex interior wall paint, light gray flat wall paint, (you can use white) and some flat black paint

6. a bit of 80 grit sand paper

7. paint brush, floor tarp, water and rags

Step 1: Getting the Brick Look

1.Using the brick as a pattern, set it on the floor and trace it on to the wall. Every few feet use the brick and trace a top line on the wall. Then use the straight edge level to connect the lines all the way across the area.

2. Using the 1/2 inch tape, apply it directly to the wall just on top of the line...this is now your grout line.

3. Using the brick now repeat that step for the next row of brick on top of the tape....I keep repeating this until all of the "rows" are done.

4. Now using the brick, set it back on the floor and draw a line on the side, this is the layout for the brick

5. start using the tape vertically...repeat this step all the way across...you will now have a "row" of brick laid out with the tape.

6. Now start the second row by starting the first brick at the center of the first...this will give you the alternating patter.

7. just repeat until you have the section covered with tape!

Step 2: Applying the Compound

Not much to this, you want to lay it on about 1/2 an inch thick, try not to cover all of the tape as you will need to peel it off. I sort of just goop it on and smooth it over the area.

Be sure to peel off the tape BEFORE the compound dries...or you will not be able to get it off! I work on peeling off small sections at a time...if you push one finger down on the tape you can peel the tape off up to where you are pushing and it will break off.....I use a bucket to throw the compound covered tape into.

Step 3: Build Up a Few Bricks

After the bricks have dried...about 24 hours I will tape around a few bricks and apply another coat of compound, just to build up a few of them and help sell the look.

Step 4: Finish Your Brick Look

1. I use the putty knife to knock down some of the sharp edges, you can also knock it down a bit with some sand paper.

2. For smaller brick sections I use more compound to build up the surrounding areas of the brick to make it look as if the stucco has fallen away exposing the brick.

Step 5: Paint

!. Using the brick colored flat paint I brush it on each brick...for large sections you can also use a thick roller and just roll it on.

2. In a small container I use the brick color and add some black...just enough to change the color...then I paint random bricks in the different shade.

3. On the darker bricks, after they dry I go over with a dry brush of the light colored paint. It gives more of an aged look.

Step 6: Finish Paint

All of the grout lines were hand painted with a light gray....keep a wet rag handy to wipe off the paint you will get on the brick!

After the grout lines are dry I go over the wall with the gray or white paint...I "clean" off some with a wet rag....this washing effect really sells the look of real brick.

Finally the outer edges of the stucco are painted the same color of the wall.

This can really change the look of a room!! You can also always try different colors on the bricks and distress the surrounding paint to really get a different look!

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60 Comments

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pbesong
pbesong

6 months ago

Very nice results. I used to do graphics work for a TV station and one time they wanted a faux stone wall for a set. I took some foamcore board and cut it up into brick shapes and stuck them on another board with masking tape between the "bricks". I then sprayed the whole thing with faux stone spray paint and then peeled off the masking tape. The tape pulled up the first layer of paper on the foamcore board leaving a nice, rough "grout" look. It looked very convincing on TV and in real life. Here is the spray paint I used: https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-7992830-Stone-Creations-Spray/dp/B000PIKFK2/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=faux+stone+spray+paint&qid=1659364759&sr=8-3

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ewill
ewill

6 months ago

That's great work, the paint effect seally sells it.

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dewey302
dewey302

4 years ago

Very cool. And I liked Pumuggel's comment above regarding mixing color into the joint compound right from the beginning. You could make up small batches of compound each with slightly different color mix and then apply to alternating "bricks" as you go to create a natural variety of coloring. Great Instructable.

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JasonF205
JasonF205

Reply 4 years ago

The only problem with mixing paint into the compound is that it thins the compound and makes it hard to build up enough without it wanting to sag and run off the wall.

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LaraLinx
LaraLinx

Reply 6 months ago

It can be a great way to get through painting faster. There are also tints you can get at most paint shops that could be added without thinning the compound as much. I used this trick when filling in spots on some very old textured wallpaper in an historic home years ago.
But adding paint is still an option, you would likely need more layers and a lot more dry time! Cheers :)

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Pumuggel
Pumuggel

4 years ago

Being efficient (others may say: lazy), I wonder whether the following would work:

1. Paint the whole wall in the white or light gray colour of the grout lines in the very first step.

2. Mixing the brick colour into the compound, so the "bricks" are not only painted on the surface and you only have to do some finishing work (e.g. the darker bricks) at the end instead of the whole hand-painting process.

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pguncheon
pguncheon

Reply 6 months ago

Always mix pigment into the mud. Also, you can add white or yellow glue to make the compound really hard. The pigmented drywall mud has the added advantage of being able to be chipped and still show the brick color.Also, painting the wall the grout color is a no brainer. If it's sand textured, all the better. I have made a lot of faux bricks with a variety of techniques and believe me, taping out the grout lines will be tedious. I have made "stencils" from 1/4" hardboard and applied mud over them with great success.

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JasonF205
JasonF205

Reply 4 years ago

Sooooo...I have tried...the problem is that if you ad paint to the compound it becomes thin and it's tough to get it to stick to the wall without running off...you need a ton of paint to make it dark enough...some sort of powder pigment might work?

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dewey302
dewey302

Reply 4 years ago

Good point on liquid paint making the compound too runny. But the dry pigment ideal might work. I've used it in concrete and it works pretty well. Would require experimentation to get the right hues and colors. May turn out to be easiest and fastest just to do it the way you did originally.

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RobP106
RobP106

Reply 4 years ago

yes there is powdered pigment for concrete that would work fine in this application. Home depot or Loews sells it. Also if your using liquid paint and the compound becomes runny, just add some dry compound to the mix

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RaydonnaS
RaydonnaS

Reply 4 years ago

That sounds like a great idea to make it even easier, go faster, and possibly last longer.

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Pa1963
Pa1963

4 years ago

Definiely faster and prolly cheaper to go to Home Depot and buy a 4' x 8' sheet of faux brick. $26.97/sheet here in L.A. area. Otherwise, awesome job!

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gasling
gasling

Reply 6 months ago

I used the faux brick sheet, you have to cut the sides offset to get a natural brick stack or have a long brick which I think looks funky. I also used grout compound thinly applied between the bricks then painted each brick. I used 5-6 different colors of paint with a sponge and large wallpaper brush to texture the bricks. I wish I had seen this instructable before I did the faux brick sheet.

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JasonF205
JasonF205

Reply 4 years ago

yes but it doesn't look very real and if you are doing a 12' wall you will see the seams. For about $30 I can do a whole wall.

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jpduroche
jpduroche

Reply 4 years ago

And I saw your Skulls Great Job!! going to try my hand at those...

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jpduroche
jpduroche

Reply 4 years ago

no need to reply I saw you are in Fl..

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jpduroche
jpduroche

Reply 4 years ago

Your Hired!! where do you live??....lol

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ELECTRONFLYER1
ELECTRONFLYER1

6 months ago

FANTASTIC NOW I CAN BRINK MY KITCHEN

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Kisspookies
Kisspookies

1 year ago on Step 4

I love you ideas !! So I’m doing something after the joint compound has dried completely - I’m using an oil based odor blocker as a sealer so that it will not be as easily damaged in long run. I also did a herringbone pattern instead of traditional brick. I will post pics once I’m all finish with the project but it’s looking soooo good already and thank you for your post it helped me make a final decision on how I was going to tackle my feature brick wall.