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How to Hang Drywall on a Brick Wall

By: Danny Lipford

If you have an interior brick wall in your home that’s unsightly, you might want to cover it up with drywall. To hang drywall on a brick surface:

  • Start by measuring and cutting the first piece.
  • Add evenly spaced globs of drywall compound to the back of the drywall. The compound will act as an adhesive to hold the wall in place.
  • Place the drywall on the brick surface and use masonry nails driven into the mortar to hold the sheet in place until the compound dries.
  • Once the drywall compound has set, finish the job like you would any drywall by using joint compound and tape to cover joints and nail holes.

Watch this video to find out more.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    March 7th, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Hi, Talia,
    Re-plastering is certainly a valid option. If you want drywall, just treat it like a basement – apply a moisture barrier over the existing brick, then fur out the wall with treated wood using foam board insulation between furring strips. Then install drywall over the furring strips.
    Good luck!

  • Talia Stasser Says:
    March 5th, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    I have a common brick house built in 1928. The interior has no wood frame and the plaster on the inside was applied directly to the brick exterior wall. I recently removed the built in cabinets and the paneling that was placed over the plaster. Unfortunately, the plaster has basically turned into powder. However there are areas that are intact. What do you suggest as a remedy to this problem? I know that drywall will mold if put directly on the brick as brick has to be able to “breathe” if it gets wet and it will where I live. Thus, the drywall will get wet. Should I just replaster the entire wall? I’m at a huge loss and your expertise and experience is welcomed. I look forward to your response. Thank you so much!

  • Hattie watts Says:
    January 20th, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    First question : what would cause ceiling cracks that starts in one room ( such as the dinning room ) and runs into the living room and circle a ceiling fan? Is something terrible going on with my house ?

  • Darlean Says:
    May 7th, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Help! I have a home built in 1942 it’s all cement and cinder blocks. I wanted to do a walkin shower meaning using a wall instead of a door or currant. Here’s the tricky part, I have radiant heat floors throughout the cement floors from 1942 so I can secure a brick wall to floor. How can I do this? Remember this would be in place of a shower door or shower curtain so we may lean on it… Please please help! I’ve been told to build a wood frame but again can’t secure it to the floor.

  • Tru Says:
    June 9th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Will this process work to adhere drywall to a cement wall?

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How to Hang Drywall on a Brick Wall