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Faux-Brick Painting

Create a convincing "brick" patio with nothing more than paint and a homemade stamp. 




  • Paint roller
  • Neutral background paint (we used Potter's Wheel (MS152),
  • Natural sea sponge
  • Acrylic paint in raw umber
  • 19-by-10-inch piece of plywood
  • Kitchen sponges that are at least 7 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches (one sponge should make two "bricks")
  • Serrated kitchen knife
  • Craft glue
  • Chalk-line tool
  • Brick-colored paint [we used Brick Hearth (MS053)]
  • Martha Stewart Signature Color glazing medium


  1. Step 1

    Using a roller, paint your desired surface a neutral color to create the background.

  2. Step 2

    Mix a few drops of raw umber liquid acrylic paint into the base background paint to create a slightly darker color. Lightly sponge this color across the surface with a sea sponge to create texture. Allow to dry for at least one hour.

  3. Step 3

    Make the brick stamp: Using a serrated kitchen knife, cut synthetic sponges to brick size, 7 1/2 by 2 1/4 inches. Arrange sponge "bricks" in desired brick pattern with 3/8-inch spaces between them. Glue sponges to plywood using craft glue.

  4. Step 4

    Using a roller, paint the sponge stamp thoroughly with a brick-colored paint.

  5. Step 5

    Place brick stamp on surface and press firmly. Repeat, lining up the pattern to the bricks you previously stamped. For best results, use a chalk-line tool to snap a level reference line before you begin.

  6. Step 6

    Use a half "brick" sponge to fill in pattern at edges of surface.

  7. Step 7

    Mix a few drops of raw umber liquid acrylic paint into the brick paint to create a slightly darker color. Mix this paint with glazing medium at a ratio of 1 to 1. Apply this mixture with a single "brick" sponge over bricks to create texture.

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2008



Reviews (6)

  • CarolR 22 Apr, 2013

    Did I miss how you get the grout color in-between the sponge bricks? Seems like I'd need more detailed instructions to pull this off...

  • Sheryll 6 Nov, 2010

    Oh wow! I was just planning to paint my office floor, but I love this, instead of plain. Now, if I could just get some advice from a regular, real time person, that has actually taken up old tile to find that black tar looking glue stuff and how best to remove that, or do I have to take it up? I am tryingfor very inexpensive here. Please any help from someone experienced and not a professional. I just can not afford professional, someone like me, trying to DIY?

  • creekmary 25 Feb, 2010

    There are no directions on this web page for faux-brick painting

  • bluesy 19 Jun, 2009

    can you reuse the sponge stamp....

  • bluesy 19 Jun, 2009

    can one reuse the sponges.????.. i want to do only half the area at a time... thanks for the great show............

  • vtcanvas 2 Oct, 2008

    This was great! Your viewers should know that they should use pre-shrunk heavy weight canvas (18 oz. is best), and they need to finish the whole thing with several coats of water-based polyurethane. More info at