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Faux-Brick Painting

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

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October 2008


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

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

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

  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.

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