Asked on Apr 25, 2015

Brick wall paint

by Sandra
Love the grey/silver brick wall in the picture and would love to transform my not painted brick wall to look like it. Picture of the current wall also attached. Can anyone advise what paint product/color/technique I should use? Thanks in advance!
q brick wall paint, concrete masonry, fireplaces mantels, painting
q brick wall paint, concrete masonry, fireplaces mantels, painting
  4 answers
  • Shari Shari on Apr 25, 2015
    Your inspiration photo is a bit small to see details but if I was going to attempt to duplicate this look for your wall, I would purchase 3 shades of gray interior latex paint; one very light gray, one medium gray and either a charcoal or black. After vacuuming and wiping the brick, I would first paint the brick with the lighter color to completely cover up your beige brick. Then I would use a dry brush technique to apply the medium gray paint, applying it so just some of the lighter gray shows through. As the last step, I would dry brush on some of the charcoal gray, using a lighter hand so that the medium and light grays are the most noticeable colors. Every so often, as you are layering the colors, I would step back and view the wall as a whole to make sure your application of colors is balanced or pleasing to your eyes. If you get an area with a little too much dark paint, you could tone it down by dry brushing more of the two lighter colors over it. Or too much light, dry brush on more dark. Another way you could do this--if you want the wall to be more of a medium gray overall--paint your brick out completely in the medium gray color first. Then dry brush on just some of the lighter shade, and then the darker shade. Dry brushing with multiple shades of the same color is pretty foolproof. This should update your brick wall well. Are you planning to paint the paneling too?

  • Leslie Leslie on Apr 26, 2015
    I would paint it all with a dark gray first, so it gets in the grout lines. Next, dab on areas of lighter gray with a brush and use a damp rag to blend it.Try not to get the light gray on your grout lines. If you goof up just dab on more dark gray. Post pic when you are done!

  • Crafteaze Crafteaze on Apr 26, 2015
    The first 2 answers were very good and I do use their techniques all the time when painting hardened foam for theatrical props. My only other suggestion would be to buy several sea sponges to help get into your crevasses and use a faux type dabbing and then switch to brushes for the banding. Definitely work a little at a time, and blend with connecting areas. The pier is a wood look but similar in look to your inspiration wall. Good luck.

  • 861650 861650 on Apr 26, 2015
    Great answers to your problem and I do love that gray wall. Before you start painting, purchase 2 or 3 white poster boards. Buy your paints and supplies. Then practice on the poster board first. Done this many times and it saves you a lot of time and money.