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!

1 Person Made This Project!

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50 Discussions

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Eevvaa
Eevvaa

Question 5 months ago

Thank You for sharing this project! The joint compound is cracking as it dries. Any ideas as to why? Should I just sand a little and apply a thin coat to each brick?

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JasonF205
JasonF205

Answer 5 months ago

Hey, I did get that on a few bricks if I went to heavy on the compound,,,I did just go over it again to fill the cracks

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Melteague45
Melteague45

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

About how many square feet does the joint compound cove?

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JoeAconite
JoeAconite

1 year ago

Would be a neat design idea to make human outlines on walls, so it looks like those moments when cartoons hit a wall and make a silhouette of bricks.

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boocat
boocat

1 year ago

Terrific looking!

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ElizabethLeona
ElizabethLeona

Question 2 years ago on Step 4

Loved it. Thanks for sharing. What can I use for an outside wall? Will appreciate your reply.

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JasonF205
JasonF205

Reply 2 years ago

For an outside wall I would think you could use stucco?

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ElizabethLeona
ElizabethLeona

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks,will try.

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Artuino
Artuino

2 years ago

fantastic work!..very creative.

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rjbosco
rjbosco

2 years ago

It looks fantastic! One benefit you had in your project is that you were working with cinder block, which has a rough texture. That makes the grout lines look more realistic. I suspect if working on a drywall “canvas” the grout lines might look a little too clean. Still, very impressive.

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bvargo
bvargo

Reply 2 years ago

There are sanded faux finishes at THD that you could use to simulate mortar in between the bricks and I imagine that you could just mix mason sand in with latex paint and get a similar effect. Block has the wrong particle size to simulate mortar anyway.

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Mobilyeah
Mobilyeah

2 years ago

I love it, It's not too hard. I think i will try. Thanks

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EmptyChild
EmptyChild

2 years ago

Nice. Curious how long this takes?
A couple ideas for people with less patience...

#1. Paint the wall grout color, get a brick sized sponge & paint the bricks on. (probably use guide lines) I've seen this done on a garage floor just using the bare concrete for the grout color. (They used a clear sealant on top)

#2. Paint the whole surface brick color, using faux finish techniques, so its not monochrome. Then add the grout lines on top. Saw a professional artist do this for a bar. (May take considerable skill.)

These won't be as realistic as yours, but from a distance you can fool a lot of people.

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JasonF205
JasonF205

Reply 2 years ago

Really only took a few hours each night....first 2 nights I let the compound dry 24hrs and the last night was the paint.....that did take a while on the full wall.

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Pa1963
Pa1963

2 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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JasonF205
JasonF205

Reply 2 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 2 years ago

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

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jpduroche
jpduroche

Reply 2 years ago

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

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jpduroche
jpduroche

Reply 2 years ago

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