We are finally working on the brick wall project. We had planned on buying brick veneer, which is a thin slice of brick that you can tile with. Z Brick is sold at Menards and is created to look like real brick, but honestly, I don't like the look of it. And we wanted the look of an old brick wall.
We found a company that sells thin brick in Chicago and had considered driving there to pick it up. But it was, all together, like $700-800. A little pricy for a decorative addition to the house.
We had even looked at making bricks. Thave used-brick molds that you mix concrete, color it and pour. You have to play with the color to achieve the different variations, and paint some of the interior of the molds to get the different whites and black hues. Translation = a TON of work, pun intended.
Frustrated, the fireman had went to visit another brick store and found these real bricks.
The only problem is that these are real bricks. They are thick, not thin. So, hubby bought one and took it home and got out his tile saw.
That orange/red dust on the ground is from the bricks. The tile saw uses water to cool the bricks or tile so that they don't crack.
So, we went back to the store, to decide which color and texture we liked the best and bought these. About 500 bricks.
It will take some time, but that's ok.
I don't trust myself with that saw.
That's my story and I'm stickin to it.
The room isn't really as dark as it looks in this picture. We light those lamps and get a nice glow 'low light' in the room or turn on the lights in the big fans and the rooms lights up brightly.
The beam you see at the right is the one that we recently put up. It's the end of the beam support.
The brick wall will run right into it, so it looks like the beam is part of the brick wall.
The best part of this?
Each brick was $.42, and since we got to use both sides of the brick, we will be able to get 1000 thin bricks out of this. And the cost was only $210.