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Goodbye Rust Colored Brick Walls

If you have a textured brick wall in your home where the color of the bricks is throwing off your room’s color palette, I have an easy solution for you to get it painted in just a few hours. 

The time has come for the color of the two rust colored brick walls in my bedroom to become history.  They are in the area in front of the sliding glass door in my bedroom, looking out to the deck and lake. It was once a porch.

Bedroom getting ready to be paintedHow to Paint a Rough Textured Brick Wall

At some time over the years it was converted to be part of the bedroom. In this converted section, the floor is concrete and the walls are brick.  It is the area where we set up Ed’s office. It is perfect for him as he has great lake viewing.

Our bedroom is in an “L” shape. The shorter part of the “L” is an entrance hall with His and Her closets on each side.  You can see the rest in the photo above.  Creating two distinct areas in the room was pretty easy.

If we lived in a bigger house, perhaps he could have a separate room, but we both are very happy with this arrangement since we both work from home. He is on one side of the house and I am on the other, which allows us to conduct our business without getting in each other’s way.

Since we moved into the house, I have wanted to paint the brick walls to go with my blue and white color scheme.  There were more important projects to do first, but now that they are done, I revisited the walls on Tuesday and got the brick painted. Since the new flooring hasn’t arrived yet, it was the perfect time to paint the walls. No drop cloth needed to protect the floor. :-)

brick wall

The brick is not classic smoother brick, but rough textured brick that is very hard to paint. I learned first hand how difficult this DIY project can be when I painted the brick fireplace hearth in my living room and had to work with the same brick.

Home Right Finish Max Super paint sprayer

Options for Painting Textured Brick Walls

When painting brick, I knew that a paint brush was going to be time consuming and my arm would get sore from having to brush into every groove.

I also could have used a paint roller with a thick nap. A thick nap will allow paint to get into all the grooves and crevices of the brick, but there is a downside to this method. You have to go over the brick a few times to reach all of the recessed areas. After doing this, the painted finish can look very thick on the bricks.  I didn’t want that look.

Textured brick wall about to be painted

Instead, I opted to spray the paint on so the finish would look slightly transparent.  This was made easy using this HomeRight Super Finish Max paint sprayer.  I knew I could use this in the house (windows opened and surrounding areas masked off) since the high volume of air at low pressure the sprayer uses greatly reduces overspray.  Spraying goes on thinner and faster and gets into all the crevices as you sweep across the brick  with the sprayer.

I am not new to using paint sprayers. They make hard to paint surfaces – easy to paint. I used the Finish Max Pro to paint all the bifold louvered doors in my house. I set these up outside when I painted them. I couldn’t do that with the brick walls, though. :-)

White ceiling fan hanging from white bead board ceiling
BEFORE: Bead board ceiling with flat off-white paint

While I was preparing to paint the brick walls, I also painted the bead board ceiling that was a flat off-white. I have always wanted it to be shiny gloss white-white. I didn’t spray it since I didn’t want to take the fan blades off. I rolled the paint on with a small paint roller.

Painting a textured brick wall
AFTER – Painted ceiling using gloss white paint

You know how it is once you get one project done; something else around it then needs an update.

How to Paint a Textured Brick Wall

Close up of a white painted brick wall

What Sheen of Paint Should I Use to Paint a Textured Brick Wall

You can use any latex paint, but for textured brick, use semi-gloss or gloss. The reason is that it will be easier to clean the walls in the future. Flat paint on brick can be hard to clean.

supplies needed:

  • Glidden – Pure White latex paint and primer
  • HomeRight Finish Max Super paint sprayer
  • water
  • stiff  – 1″ angled paint brush
  • rag or shop paper towels
  • bucket filled with water
  • Spray paint mask to cover mouth and nose

Rust colored textured brick wall Before being painted.

1. Mask off the area around the textured brick wall. This protects the surrounding area from the very small and fine overspray.  Make sure the tape is secure as the sprayer puts out a lot of air as it sprays and will move the paper mask that isn’t taped down well.

2. When using this brand of paint sprayer you need to thin your paint first. The directions that come with the sprayer show you how to do it. It is as easy as adding water to the paint and mixing it well.

close up of white painted brick wall

3. Choose one of the three nozzle tips that come with the sprayer for the type of paint and object you are painting. I used the Red nozzle.

4. Before adding the thinned paint into the sprayer, fill the sprayer container with water and spray the brick with water to dampen it. This will help the paint absorb into the very porous brick.

5. Once the wall is wet, you can paint. Put a mask over your face and goggles to protect your eyes.

6. Fill sprayer container with the thinned paint and starting on one top end of the wall begin to spray the paint on using a side-to-side sweeping motion. Go from side to side in fluid strokes. The more you use the sprayer the better you will be able to judge how far back from the wall you need to be. I kept the nozzle about 6 – 8 inches away from the wall.  Stop and fill the container with more paint as needed.

White painted brick wall

7. Clean up is easy. Simply take the sprayer apart and place in a bucket of hot sudsy water. Swish the parts around to clean. The sprayer comes with a little brush to get into the tight areas of the spray tips.  You can also clean them with a hose. Once there is no more paint on the parts, let dry.

I am very happy with how the walls turned out. After a few days I will see if the paint in any area needs a little touch up since it does absorb into the brick. I will use a stiff paint brush to do any touching up.

A Decorating Surprise

When I was cleaning up and moving furniture and the drapes back into place, I uncovered a surprise. It was a decorating adjustment I had never even considered doing in my bedroom before. It is something so easy, just a tweak, but one I love.

Stay tuned… I will share it with you in my next post.


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  1. What a great idea – makes the space look much brighter and more open. Well done x

  2. I need to buy a sprayer! I’m getting older and somehow I don’t stretch like I used to. Very good work, as always!

  3. The wall is beautiful. I love painted brick. I have an unrelated question. I came across your page through an email and would love to see your future posts. The only options I see for following you is Facebook, Twitter, etc. I don’t use Twitter and grew so tired of Facebook that I haven’t been on there for months and months. Is there a way to receive emails from you? I hope so!

    1. The wall is beautiful. I love painted brick. I have an unrelated question. I came across your page through an email and would love to see your future posts. The only options I see for following you is Facebook, Twitter, etc. I don’t use Twitter and grew so tired of Facebook that I haven’t been on there for months and months. Is there a way to receive emails from you? I hope so! Never mind. I looked and looked for a subscribe button and then as soon as I sent my comment I found one. I’m a subscriber now and look forward to your emails. Thanks!

      1. Hi Kim – Thanks for wanting to subscribe to my blog. You can subscribe on my blog. If you go to any post on my blog, on the right hand side in the side bar under my photo and an ad you will see a graphic that says – Become an Insider. Click on the pink bar that says Subscribe. You will be taken to a page where you can fill out your name and email. You will then get an email to confirm that you want to subscribe. Once you do this, you will get all my latest post notifications in your email. If you have any trouble let me know.

  4. I can only agree with everyone else! Wow!!
    It looks so beautiful. can’t wait to see how it looks in the end.
    Did you take the fan blades down to spray?

    1. Hi Kat – Thanks. I should have given more detail about how I painted the ceiling. I didn’t spray it, I used a small roller to apply the gloss paint to it. On the brick walls that I sprayed I used semi gloss. I will add this to the post so I don’t confuse anyone.

  5. Well Diane, aren’t you the Queen of Tease!! Ha ha ha, can hardly wait to see this new revolutionary discovery of yours. Love the paint job too. I really need to get a paint sprayer….I keep telling myself that but still don’t have one yet. Have a great weekend!

  6. An amazing difference. Once you get your room back together, you’re going to wish you had moved this project higher up on the list. Can’t wait to see it all finished. I think little quirky places like this former “porch” in a house gives it character and using it for an office area seems perfect. Anyone can have all drywall.

  7. Diane, thanks for the tutorial. Those were some great pointers. My late husband had a pneumatic paint sprayer, but I never thought I would have any use for it. You have shown me that there may be times when I will want to use it now! Great post! Oh, and the wall looks great!

  8. WOW, what a difference already. It ‘s amazing what paint can do in transforming abouy anything. Cannot wait to see the next post. Hope you didn’t get much damage from hurricane.

  9. Really like the White brick, going to be super when you finish everything. I cannot wait. Good, good job!

  10. Love the look Diane….I’m getting ready to paint my fireplace surround something like you did on your counter tops in your kitchen. We NEVER have a fire in the fireplace…we live in SW Florida after all…so I am not particularly worried about combustion as it is not inside the fireplace but under the wood and around the screen. The wood is white but the surround looks like a beige marble…I think making it look like white with grey graining, etc would look good. Thoughts?
    Oh, and I am checking out your louvered doors also….I have plantation shutters that are not real wood in my bedroom and the maker said he didn’t know if they could be painted…I’m thinking I’d like them white and I have nothing to lose as I really don’t like them in the honey maple color they are. I didn’t think I could paint travertine tile backsplash but I did and I love it. It has been painted over a year and it is holding up well.
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  11. Diane once again you managed to take an ugly wall of brick and make it pop. I remember when you took the louvered doors off in the hall of darkness and transformed them with your paint sprayer.

    Can’t wait for your floors and your ‘reveal!’