DIY Faux Brick Tutorial | The Belmont Ranch

DIY Faux Brick Tutorial

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hey friends! Is it really already October?! We've been so busy lately, September just flew by. I've been working on some projects of my own that I'll be sharing soon, but in the meantime I've been absolutely crushing on my friend Jessica's faux brick archway. I asked her to write up a tutorial so I could share with you guys, because trust me, it's absolutely gorgeous. You can find Jessica over on Instagram and look at the rest of her beautiful home. We share a similar love for mugs, farmhouse decor, and hoarding Rae Dunn!

See, I told you it was gorgeous!!! Jess says this faux brick project has made a huge difference in her house and it only costs around $35 for all the brick supplies. (The lumber & supplies for the arch were about $65.) It makes me want to redo some trim or create an archway in our house. I think I'll need to bug my hubby a bit ;)  Now I'll let Jess take it from here to explain how she did the project.


  • 1 or 2 gallons of joint compound (amount depends on the size of project
  • 1/2 inch masking tape
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Spackling knife
  • Primer
  • Craft paint in colors you prefer (I used toffee brown & linen)

Make sure you have a blank even surface and start by measuring each "brick" out. I used 1/2 inch masking tape to separate each square, which also acts as a template for your mortar. Once the whole surface is taped off you then will use a large spackling knife & cover the entire thing (over the tape & all) with joint compound. 

While the joint compound is still wet you will start peeling the tape off. This my friends, is the messiest part of the whole project! After all the tape is removed, let the joint compound dry over night. With it all dry it's then time to prime the whole thing & let that dry for about 2 hrs. 

Next is the fun part & there's really no right or wrong way of doing it. Go in with a light brown color of some sort and lightly stipple it onto each brick square. Next, go in with a darker brown and with putting little pressure on your paint brush, add small strokes of the dark color to the squares. 

You can add more or less as you go, it's really all about your personal preference. Once you've got the brick colors down, then take a matte white chalk paint and paint all your faux mortar (the lines where all the tape has been removed). After you've done all that you can start white washing all the bricks to your liking. I haven't sealed mine yet but when I do, I plan on using Ploycrylic. It's seems like a lot but it's really easy to achieve. It just takes some time but the result is very worth it!

I hope y'all enjoyed Jessica's tutorial! Let us know what you think or if you have any questions. & thanks Jessica for collaborating with me on this post, your faux brick archway is so unique. Thanks for sharing it with all of us :) 

Make sure to follow me along on Instagram here & Jessica here



  1. That is incredible! It looks fantastic and so close to real brick. Love it!! You have such a beautiful home.

  2. oh my word...i've been wanting to do this to my pass thrus with maybe mfg wall stone/brick veneer...this is better! So creative, I saw it posted on Facebook/Hometalk thanks for sharing.

  3. This is absolutely beautiful and so realistic!!! Love this

  4. What do you mean when you say "After you've done all that you can start white washing all the bricks to your liking." Like white washing? OR?

    Thanks! Have the perfect place to do this!

  5. Great diy, it looks beautiful especially in the kitchen under the cabinet (back splash). Gorgeous texture. Thanks for sharing.


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