How to Add Brick to Drywall


When people add brick to an existing interior wall, they usually choose brick veneer--a thinner brick than standard, full-sized bricks. Brick veneer is cheaper, lighter and since the wall does not need the brick for structural reasons, brick veneer is the most logical option for bricking an interior wall. Working with brick veneer is easier than working with full-weight bricks. Brick veneer can be applied directly to the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Tack cloth
  • Thin set
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Mortar mixer
  • Notched trowel
  • Narrow trowel
  • Jointer or dowel rod
  • Stiff brush
  • Clean the drywall with a damp sponge. Start from the top and move downward. Remove all dust, dirt and grit.

  • Mix the thin set according to the manufacturer's instructions. Mix the thin set in a 5 gallon bucket and use a mortar mixer. Wear gloves, protective eye wear and a dust mask.

  • Spread thin set on the wall in an area large enough for the first five tiles in the first course of bricks. Use a trowel to apply the thin set, then use the notched side of the trowel to scrape grooves in the thin set.

  • Place the first brick in place at the edge of the wall. Wiggle the brick back and forth a little to force the thin set to be absorbed into the little spaces in the brick. Place the next brick beside the first brick, and keep going. There should be a half inch gap between bricks. You can use plastic spacers between the bricks if you want the space between the bricks to be even.

  • Continue to add brick to the wall until you've covered all the thin set, then spread more thin set on the wall and add more brick. Do this until the first course has been laid.

  • Start the second course of brick by spreading thin set on the wall and applying brick over the thin set. The second course of brick should be a half inch above the first. Continue in this way until the entire wall has been covered in brick. Wait for the thin set to cure.

  • Grout the joints between the bricks with mortar. Use a narrow trowel to insert the mortar between bricks.

  • Scrape off excess mortar with your trowel.

  • Press a jointer into the joints to create a concave joint. This can also be done with a dowel rod, if you don't have a jointer.

  • Wait for the mortar to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions, then use a stiff bristle brush to wash off mortar dust from the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although masonry adhesive is easier to use than thin set, do not use masonry adhesive on drywall.
  • To stagger your bricks, start every other course with a brick cut in half. Use a wet saw to slice your brick.

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