Can you paint faux brick


The backsplash in our 1970’s kitchen has the old faux brick. We can’t remove it because it would probably damage the sheet rock. Can the brick and grout be painted?

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  • William William on Jul 11, 2018

    Z-Brick. Yes you can paint it. Latex acrylic paint will work.

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Jul 11, 2018

    Yes you can. Or you can do a white wash on them if you just want to tone down the color. I use a vacuum to get the dust off and then you can use latex paint and a brush of you want full coverage, or you can dilute the paint with water in a 50/50 ratio apply it with a brush and then wipe it off if it's too heavy a coat until you get the look you are after. Remember that every brick is a little different and will accept the paint differently. You can always touch up the grout with an artists brush or a small foam brush. Good luck.

    • Mary Gagnon Mary Gagnon on Jul 12, 2018
      Thank you for your reply. When you suggested white wash, do you have to use white paint only or can you use beige or gray and dilute either of those colors?

  • Patti Patti on Jul 12, 2018
    Yes! you can fully paint it with latex or whitewash it, for a softer look, using a 'German Smear' technique (on faux brick, dilute white latex paint and rag on lightly). I've also seen it partially plastered. If it's in the kitchen, whatever you do, I would seal it after so it's easy to keep clean.
    Check with Home Depot or Lowe's for additional paint options. They still carry that stuff and it's become a popular element in farmhouse and rustic modern decor in recent years.

    • Mary Gagnon Mary Gagnon on Jul 12, 2018
      Thank you for your answer. I will consider the white wash - I think that will solve the look I was going for.

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Jul 12, 2018
    You can use any color you want, or you can mix your own color using a few colors mixed together until you get what you like, like a light gray with just a little blue mixed in. I always started out with a white or light grey, mixed in a ratio of 70/30 water to paint and then let that dry to see if I liked that. You can always add more paint or whitewash but once it's dry it's harder to take it off. I even have seen where someone did every other brick in blue, then orange, then green etc. Not my style but whatever. If you just want to soften the look and change the color but still be able to tell that it's brick I would use a whitewash (in whatever color you choose) and start with one brick and you will be able to wipe it off while it's still wet with a wet cloth if you don't like it. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. You can do this! Best wishes.

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Jul 12, 2018
    You can use any color you want. I have used white and gray or you can mix the two together until you are happy with the color. You could even mix a little blue in with either the white or gray. I usually start with white in a 70/30 water to paint ratio if I just want to mute or lighten the brick color. You can always add more once it's dry, but much harder to take it off unless it's still wet. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to ask. You can do this! Best wishes.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 12, 2018
    You can lightly sponge a white wash colour over the brick, and paint the mortar white, or any other colour. Blend it in with a rag or soften with a brush, so it doesn't look like 80's sponging.

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    • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 13, 2018
      It doesn't look sponged when you blend it in. It's just a faster way to do it.
      Did you check the link I provided? There are many alternative applications, that look great.