How to Paint Wood to Look Like Brick

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver

  • Soap

  • Primer

  • Paint tray

  • Paint roller regular

  • Ruler

  • Colored chalk

  • Blue Tape

  • Damp cloth

  • Trowel

  • Spackling

  • Paint roller textured

  • Sponge

  • Paint colors; red, black, gray, yellow, white

If you have a wood facing on your fireplace or a wood panel wall, and you like brick, you can attain the brick look without the expense of real brick. It is an easy, inexpensive technique called brick faux painting. You can match your favorite brick or you can create your own design. Accomplish the brick faux by using different colors of paint, a spackling paste finish, sponges, and a regular and textured paint roller. Buy supplies for faux painting at a paint or home improvement store.


Step 1

Remove any electrical plates or wall hangings attached to the wall. Clean the area with soap and water to remove grease, dirt or dust on the wall.

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Step 2

Pick a primer for the color you want the grout lines to be. Pour primer into a paint tray, and load a regular paint roller with the primer by rolling it back and forth in the tray. Cover the wood completely and let it dry for two hours or until primer is completely dry.

Step 3

Measure the brick out with a ruler. Bricks are typically 3 inches wide by 7 inches long; allow a 1-inch space between the bricks for the grout. Stagger the bricks in the rows so they will look natural. Use colored chalk to mark the outline.

Step 4

Affix blue painter's tape to all of the grout lines. Use a trowel to put 1/2 inch of spackling paste over the area. Clean the spackling paste off the blue tape grout lines with damp cloth. Let dry completely.


Step 5

Paint another coat of spackling finish on the wall using a textured paint roller. Let dry completely. Peel off the blue painter's tape.

Step 6

Use a sponge to add color to the brick. Dapple red to the entire brick and let it dry completely. Add a dapple of black, gray, yellow and white over the red. Let each color dry completely before adding the next color

Step 7

Clean brushes and equipment with soap and water. Let the faux brick dry for 24 hours before replacing electrical plates and wall hangings.


Practice on a piece of cardboard, to get the texture and color right on the brick. No two real brick are exactly alike; do not make faux bricks alike.


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