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.

Intro: Faux Brick Walls

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 use it to draw a line on the wall. Every few feet use the brick to draw a line on the wall. 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....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!!



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    42 Discussions


    5 days ago

    fantastic work!..very creative.


    25 days 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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    Reply 16 days 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.


    17 days ago

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


    25 days 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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    Reply 18 days 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.


    27 days 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!

    4 replies

    Reply 26 days 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.


    Reply 21 days ago

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


    21 days ago

    Definitely giving me ideas about a Coyote and Roadrunner brick wall.


    21 days ago

    That wall is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    Brian M V

    23 days ago

    thanks for sharing your techniques!
    hope to be trying this in the near future!


    24 days ago

    that's so neat! Saving it for future reference :)


    4 weeks 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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    Reply 26 days 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?


    Reply 26 days 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.


    Reply 26 days 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