The long awaited brick floor saga is in the books, and I’m in love!!! I will go into more detail of the journey later on IG stories (@vintageporch) but until then I’ll just say when it comes to brick floors and someone else installing them, there are lots of decisions and lots of stress. They turned out just the way that I had hoped they would in the end.
I want to give you some information on this brick that we chose. We got our thin brick from McNear Brick and IT. IS. AMAZING!!!! I can’t say enough good things about this brick. We needed it to be thin because of the concrete floors under and wanting it to match in line with the old saltillo floors that we are keeping. Whether using it on walls, fireplace, floors, etc., it is such a beautiful brick! We chose Sandmold bricks, in Stratford. They have so many to choose from. This is not sponsored, and we paid for our own brick for this project. I just love their bricks and wanted to share if you are looking for thin brick too.
This is our future laundry room. I think I might even start doing laundry now. I love it so much and the paint colors on the walls turned out perfectly too!
Sandmold bricks, including our selected Stratford, capture the look and feel of true historic bricks. They have softened edges and subtle irregularities, meaning no two bricks are identical. Sandmolds are frequently chosen for infill projects in historic neighborhoods. That’s what I love about them the most! They are made to look old. They offer a TON of color choices too!
This stairway here is the “secret stairway” leading to the rat home in the attic….kidding, kind of. I wish it was stairs to something way more fun but at least they are cute stairs.
I decided to have the brick laid in the herringbone pattern in the laundry room and straight in our bedrooms.
The pressing question has been, “isn’t this going to be uncomfortable on your feet?” …the answer is, “yes”. We would have had to wear some kind of supportive slippers in the house anyways with the bumpity saltillo tile so we figured why not put something in that we love for flooring, even if it’s not the most comfortable in the world. We can use rugs and invest in some comfy slippers.
Trav added this wood wall for me just last night and I love it. I had a someone on IG say it looks like 70’s basement paneling but I’m digging it. It warms up the space even more. I had planned on painting it but I think I’m going to leave it as is. I can’t wait to add the washer, dryer, and sink and see how it all comes together!
Can you tell yet that I love the laundry room? This used to be the previous owner’s workout space. We changed their existing small laundry room into a pantry and had this plumed for the laundry. I’m so glad we did! No regrets!
One of the reasons we chose to only do the herringbone pattern in the laundry room is because I thought I might get tired of the busyness of it. But, after seeing it in here, I think I would have loved it in every room. I’m sure the flooring installers aren’t upset that we went with straight in the other rooms. Herringbone pattern is a bit more involved.
It pairs perfectly with our saltillo tiles. And, the thin brick is the perfect width to not have to add strips at the door entrances.
Trav made this little door for our attic. I can’t imagine how the previous owners went years without a door up here to block off the heat from the attic.
I’m so smitten over this wall, paired with the brick, and the chandelier!
This is Brylie’s room, with the loft of her dreams. I do love the straight brick pattern just as much as the herringbone. Both patterns are very timeless! I am happy that I used both patterns in the house. Brylie wanted her ladder painted and I think it goes really well with the trim!
She even picked out her chandelier. We don’t always mesh with our design taste but she did a great job and I love that she’s making it her own! The fake ivy she wants to hang on the wall will not be a fave of mine, ha.
In the laundry room and Brylie’s room, the grout was a tad bit heavier, which I love! The white haze that we had to deal with after the grout, was not fun. There are ways to prevent this, like using a grout bag, but we wanted the grout to be on the brick a little. I never imagined there would be a white haze covering it after. Ahhhh! Here is a photo of the white haze…
We wiped all of our floors with straight vinegar 3x over. Let’s just say, dinners tasted a little like vinegar after working all day, but it was worth it to get the white haze off. Some may like the look of the haze because it was very washed out but I didn’t want a washed look, just a tiny over grouted look.
This is Kaden’s room. Every guy needs a giant fan, right? You can see in his room, they wiped the grout off a little more. I really do love both applications. We used sanded grout in the color “haystack” from Home Depot. It’s beautiful!
I love how some of the grout sits on the bricks and makes them look older than they already look!
The trim, the brick, the paint! It’s all so delicious together! The trim paint is Benjamin Moore color “Sail Cloth” and the wall paint is Benjamin Moore color “White Cloud.” I had the walls painted in matte finish and the trim painted in satin/Pearl.
The floors are so beautiful, I don’t even want to put rugs down because it will hide them. We will use rugs but part of me wants to go without.
Trav and I’s room is still in chaos mode from our bathroom reno so I will show that room to you in the future. What do you think of the brick floors? …besides that they are not as comfy as carpet.
I will add a photo I snapped of Trav and I’s room below when they were laying the brick, before the grout. It’s so pretty!!!!!
And, just a little bit of info about McNear Brick, in case you choose these too. They’ve been in business since the 1860, and originally used sailboats (Sails! Before steam engines!) to ship their bricks to market in San Francisco, and the other gold rush cities and towns around San Francisco Bay. A hundred years ago, they were the leading brick provider in Hawaii! Today they ship our bricks all over the country, and even overseas. Isn’t that so cool?! And, unlike many newer and bigger brick manufacturers, their “craft” brick company still maintains enough hand labor to make bricks like their beautiful Sandmolds. If you have a project that you are working on and you are in need of brick, I highly recommend McNear brick. We have been so pleased with them!