How to Hang Drywall over Bricks

In order to hang drywall directly over a brick wall, you must first apply construction adhesive to the back side of the drywall. Most construction adhesives will work for this process but there are some that are specifically designed for use with drywall.

Though the adhesive will do most of the work, it will not immediately secure the sheet. So, we’re driving several concrete nails around the perimeter of each piece. We’re driving them through the drywall and into the mortar joints because the mortar is easier to penetrate than the brick itself.

Just like drywall nails or screws, these nails must be driven just below the surface so they can be covered later with drywall joint compound.

Once the sheets are hung, finishing the drywall is exactly like it is anywhere else. Tape the seams and apply coats of joint compound until the surface is smooth.

Watch the video above to see the entire process!


  1. Thank you for this info. I have been searching for ” How to install drywall over stacked stone”. But the only results are for how to install stacked stone over drywall. I just bought a home that has a floor to ceiling ,beige and brown stacked stone wall with an electric FP. I don’t want that color and considered painting it in white/ gray tones. I’m afraid that it may become very opaque and flat looking. Removing it would be a real mess and too expensive. So I thought if I can sheetrock over it and install a fireplace surround with thin quartz or tile in the FP area, it would fit my style. I’m just afraid that the weight of the new application may be too heavy for the false wall the stacked stone is on. Do you have any ideas for safely doing this project?
    Thank you.

    • Hi, Linda!
      The dream space you’ve had in mind sounds like it will be beautiful and functional.
      We’re always looking for homeowners to call into our radio show and ask questions directly to Danny and Joe.
      We’ve reviewed your question and shared it with our radio producer.
      Take care. 🙂


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