DIY Faux Brick

6 Materials
5 Hours

I have always loved the look of exposed brick in homes! Our home, unfortunately, didn’t have any, so I decided to find a way to add it myself. I am in love with the character that it has added to our home. Check out my tutorial so that you can do it yourself!

DIY Faux Brick

Tools and Materials

  • painter's tape
  • joint compound
  • gloves
  • paint
  • Minwax polycrylic

Tape off the Wall

Tape off the Wall

You’ll want to start off by taping off where you’d like your brick to end. (I planned to add white shiplap to both sides of the brick, so I chose to have mine 11”) side note, if you’re doing a whole wall or somewhere that already has clean edges you won’t need this step

Tape off Mortar Lines, Smear on Joint Compound, and Remove the Tape

Tape off Mortar Lines

For your next step you’ll want to tape off your brick ‘mortar’ lines using your 1/2” masking tape. My bricks measure 7”x3”.

Smear joint compound over the wall and tape. Keep in mind that the more texture you leave on the joint compound the more realistic your brick will look.

THIS STEP IS MESSY! So get those gloves on! You will now pull all of your tape from the wall while the joint compound is still wet. You can see the result in the photo above, though it is a tad hard to see because of colors.

Let that dry OVER NIGHT.



Next you’ll paint each brick individually. I used burnt umber, driftwood, and oyster beige. I used a mixture of the three on each brick to give them a more realistic look.

Paint Colors
DIY Painted Brick

Here is a photo of the painted brick. Notice how each brick has color depth from using all three colors.

Paint the Mortar Lines and Seal if Desired

Paint the Mortar Lines

Your final step is to paint your mortar lines and white wash your brick. Using Rustoleum chalked paint in ‘linen white’, I first start by painting the mortar and when there is minimal paint left on the brush, I use what is left to lightly brush it over the brick to create the white wash look. Repeat this step until you’ve finished all bricks.

This step is optional, but I like to seal my brick with Minwax polycrylic in matte finish to ensure durability.

My 2 year old loves the brick.. so it needs a little extra help to stay pretty 😉

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 26 questions
  • Debbie.
    on Nov 9, 2019

    Love the shading on brick and color choice. My question is with rhe "fake"shiplap. You said you used sharpie n just drew it on. When you are in same room doesnt it look "drawn on" and fake? If not I'm immediately get hubbt to do this in rec room. I may just incorperate that brick also!!

    • Teresa Hutchins Graves
      on Nov 16, 2019

      Sharpie makes a paint pen that you should use for this. A regular sharpie is not recommended. I ordered mine Thru Amazon

  • Jeannine McElveen
    on Nov 10, 2019

    How much compound did you use

  • Angie Weisheit
    on Nov 19, 2019

    Looks amazing!!

    I was wondering if you could use a roller to apply paint to the "bricks" when covering a larger area by taking three colors of acrylic paint but barely swirling or pouring them together into a paint pan? If trying this I would use a roller with very thin napp or a sponge roller to keep the colors from getting on the "mortar" and applying with very little pressure on the roller.

    Next, paint over the "mortar" just like you did. With a new roller, then apply the whitewash and then the matte finish to the "brick." What does everyone think about this method for a larger area? TIA for any input!

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  • Rita Hendricks
    on May 20, 2020

    Hi, for those of you that like the look, but without all the paint blending to make joint compound look like bricks, especially if your not artistically inclined... You can achieve this look with no fail... They make brick tiles, they are thin and their color is perfect! .... Go to any major Home improvement store, grab the brick tiles you like, and pick up a roll of self stick adhesive made for tiles.... Then all you need is grout... Boom Bada Bing! done!!

  • Kelly J. Tinney
    on May 20, 2020

    If I do this, I’ll paint the area first in whatever “mortar” color, let it dry, and use painters tape to section off the brick patterns so the tape doesn’t risk pulling the paint off the wall.

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