How to Make Stucco Look Like Brick

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Things You'll Need

  • Concrete bonding agent

  • Stucco

  • One or two bricks in the size you want transferred

  • Wooden yard stick

  • Level

  • Paint

  • Paint brushes

  • Large bucket or troth for mixing stucco

  • Trowel

  • Putty knife

  • Sealer

  • Tape measure

A yardstick and a level will help create a faux brick pattern on stucco.

Brick walls are attractive and very popular features in many homes, but can be expensive to install. There is a way to get a faux brick wall at considerably less than the expense of a real brick wall. A little bit of labor and a couple of simple tricks of the trade can turn a plain stucco wall into a beautiful brick faux finish. A quick trip to your local home and garden or hardware store will soon find you well under way with this project.


Step 1

Brush a concrete bonding agent onto the wall, using a clean paint brush. Allow the agent to dry per the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 2

Mix the stucco according to package directions. Apply the stucco; 1/4 inch in thickness, and about the height of two rows of bricks. Smooth with a trowel.

Step 3

This is a traditional stucco wall, and can be found in and outside of homes in most neighborhoods.

Using a real brick as a template, mark off a brick pattern by pressing the brick into the soft stucco. Mark with the end of a pencil or the end of a wooden yard stick.


Step 4

This faux brick wall is made using stucco.

Place a level on the yardstick while holding it underneath where a row of bricks will go. Once determining that it is level, simply press the yard stick (narrow side edge) into the mortar to make a line of demarcation. Repeat with a second row of brick markings.


Step 5

Repeat the entire process, from applying stucco to leveling the rows of bricks, until the entire wall has been traced with brick markings. Allow the wall to dry for 24 hours. Apply sealer coat according to manufacturer's directions.

Step 6

Paint the wall using a brick colored paint or other color of your choice.


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Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, N.H. She has authored five books and hundreds of articles and short stories. Her work has appeared various publications, including "Parenting," "Writer’s Digest," "Vacations" and "Discovery Travel." She studied at the University of Maine and later pursued her writing studies through numerous classes and workshops.