How to Paint Brick

Light blue colored brick wall

You'll be pleasantly surprised by the effect a beautifully painted brick wall can have on your home.

For Best Results:

Refer to our how-to for step-by-step instructions.

  1. Step 1

    Begin your painting project by pouring thoroughly mixed paint into a bucket and dipping a quality 2"-2½" wide nylon/polyester brush into the paint.

  2. Step 2

    With your brush, paint (cut in) around the perimeter of the brick surface. Start at the top corner and continue along the ceiling and around the baseboards.

  3. Step 3

    Pour paint into a paint tray and work the roller into the tray until it is fully loaded with paint. For best results, use a ½"-1" roller cover.

  4. Step 4

    Starting in a 3' x 3' section at a top corner of your project area, roll the paint onto the brick in a "W" formation.

  5. Step 5

    Work the roller back and forth across the section until the "W" is completely filled in. Be sure to roll over the cut in area as well.

  6. Step 6

    Forming a column from ceiling to floor, paint the next 3' x 3' section directly below the previous one.

  7. Step 7

    If necessary, apply more paint into the mortar where the roller has missed.

  8. Step 8

    Repeat the process of forming columns and blending sections until the project is complete.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush (2"-2½")
  • Bucket
  • Bucket Grid
  • Extension Pole
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Rags
  • Roller Cover and Frame
  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)
  • Stir Stick
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