How to Paint Realistic Bricks using Chalk Paint®!

Everyone loves the intimate atmosphere in my tiny little Roswell, Georgia store.

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Its hard to believe the space looked like this when I first saw it and signed the lease!  Kinda scary!

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Within a few weeks, we made alot of changes using Chalk Paint®,

some beadboard, and a little bit of wood.

It was starting to come together, but the back wall still felt like an eyesore to me.

The space needed architectural elements and the first thing that came to mind was bricks!

I love bricks, all kinds of bricks, white bricks, red bricks, grey bricks.

But the more I researched, I realized it wasn’t in my budget to have real bricks installed.

So the second best option had to be painted bricks.

We bought 3 brick panels from Lowe’s (about $25 for an 8′ x 4′ sheet).

They are not pretty!!!

We glued and nailed them to the back wall.

The next thing to decide was what color to paint the bricks.

The space is small and cozy, with a cottage feel,

and I wanted the bricks to add to the coziness!

I looked at many bricks online and fell in love with the colors of “Chicago Brick”.

These vintage bricks were made in the Chicago area from the late 1800s up until early 1970s.

Their general hue is a terra cotta color ranging in shades from light pink to salmon, buff, and sometimes highlights of gold.

To help choose my paint colors,

I ordered a couple of samples of Chicago brick so that I could see them in person.

I used scrap pieces of the brick panels to make sample boards.

I tried out various combinations of colors before I decided to

 use Old Ochre Chalk Paint® as my basecoat.  This color would be the grout and the base color.

Of course, Chalk Paint® will stick to almost anything so I painted it right over the brick panels.

The surface of the brick panels is fairly smooth and doesn’t feel like real bricks.

In order to add texture and authenticity, I brushed some Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone over the dry painted bricks.

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Artisan Enhancements has created some wonderful products that work very well with Chalk Paint®.

You can see the white Fine Stone on the bricks below.

It is a gritty plaster that paints on easily with a chip brush.

I didn’t worry about applying it perfectly and used about a quart of Fine Stone for this wall.

The Chalk Paint® colors I chose for the bricks were Primer Red, Scandinavian Pink, Cream, Coco, Old Ochre.

I used small rollers and sea sponges to apply the colors.  Looking at photos and the sample bricks I ordered,

I realized that no two bricks are alike.

So I didn’t stress too much about it.   Sometimes I mixed the colors together to make new colors.

Sometimes I used the colors straight out of the pan.

I did stand back once in awhile to make sure the colors were spaced out fairly evenly.

I realized as I went along that the bricks looked better if I didn’t try to blend the colors on the bricks.

I started leaving distinct areas of color.  I still sometimes dabbed the surface with a sea sponge to soften.

Painting the bricks this way went alot faster,

although I admit that the project took alot longer than I expected!

When I finally finished the painting portion, it was looking good but still a bit too pink/red.

And definitely needed more depth.

The next step is what brought them to life!

Annie Sloan Dark Wax!

Mixed with enough low odor mineral spirits to make a thick soupy consistency.

Brushed it on, rubbed it in and removed the excess.

Worked in sections.

I lightly sanded the bricks after the wax.  It brought out the Fine Stone texture.

I was thrilled with the results but wasn’t finished yet.

The window with the air conditioner and fire extinguisher still needed some help!

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My wonderful cabinet guy made custom shutters for the window.

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I banged them up and “stained” them with Annie Sloan Dark Wax!  It was so easy and looks great!

We did alot of other updating to the space in the following months but the bricks are my favorite renovation!

No one believes that they aren’t real bricks – they insist on touching them when we tell them the story!

By the way, we sell all of the Chalk Paint® and Artisan Enhancement products in our stores and online also.

Click Here to see how I painted the bricks in my Cumming store!

Click Here to order Chalk Paint®, Artisan Enhancements, or Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.

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