How can I make over decorative brick interior walls?

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Hi, I am purchasing a house soon that has brick decor walls in most of the house. I hate it! What can I do to change this look.


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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 21, 2020

    You can paint it or add a schmeer to it (not sure if that's spelled right). You could remove it - what a mess. Cover it up with tile or sheetrock.

  • William William on Jan 21, 2020

    I agree. You can paint it or white wash it. Fir out the walls with1X2 Firing strips and cover with drywall.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 21, 2020

    Not only can you paint it but you can white wash it also. That will give a lighter look to the brick but at the same time let some of the variation show thru.

    Whitewash Paint

    One of the most appealing aspects of whitewashing interior brick is the simplicity of the process. The materials are inexpensive, and with the help of a partner, you can transform an entire brick fireplace in just a few hours. If possible, remove the mantel or cover it with taped plastic. Mix equal parts white latex paint and water, and apply the paint to the brick and grout using a paintbrush. As you work, have a partner come along behind you and wipe the excess paint off with a rag. If you're working alone, do a section at a time, wiping off the excess paint before it dries. Test your whitewash formula on an inconspicuous area of the brick first. You may want to try out a few different shades of white or light gray or try different ratios of paint to water.

    Sponge Paint

    To give your brick fireplace the look of natural stone, use both a brush and a paint roller to apply a base coat of light gray paint. Once the base coat is dry, cut a large cellulose sponge the same size as the bricks. Dampen the sponge in water to make it flexible, wringing out the excess water. Starting at the top of the paint tray, pour a small amount of dark gray paint over the ribbed section of the tray. Lightly set the sponge on the paint, absorbing just a little; then blot off the excess on newspaper or cardboard. Press the sponge against a brick very lightly, but use more pressure if the color is too light. Wipe away mistakes with a damp rag. The goal is to vary the look on each brick.


  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jan 21, 2020

    Hi Diana, sorry you hate your brick wall decor. Here are some ways to change it. Good luck. 10 Things to Do With Brick Walls

    1. You can never go wrong with a classic. credit: Interior Junkie. ...
    2. Don't be afraid to paint your wall black. ...
    3. Dress up your wall with an artistic mural. ...
    4. Add a pop of color. ...
    5. Decayed brick is oh-so-industrial chic. ...
    6. Go for all-white. ...
    7. Don't limit yourself to just one color. ...
    8. Continue the fun outdoors.

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  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Jan 22, 2020

    I would paint white.