Brick and wood beam walkway

by brae  

I often consult my inspiration files when I start a new build and go back to them along the way as the build progresses.  For Mt. Sydney Chalet, I found a wonderful idea for the side walkway in a mud room floor from designer Amy Morris for Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles.  I love the use of wood and brick as well as the diamond design.

After measuring the space on the landscape board, I drew a template in Word and tested the fit.

I made some minor adjustments and made a final template to use in construction.  I cut egg carton pavers 1/2" x 1" to fill the space between 1/2" x 1/16" wood beams.  The entire structure would be enclosed with 1/4" x 1/16" beams.

To age the wood beams, I used a carving knife to rough up the surface before sanding the boards smooth.

I stained the wood using Staining Antiquing Medium mixed with Mississippi Mud by Americana.

While the wood dried, I glued the pavers to the template, leaving next to no space between the bricks.  This wasn't a wall where I needed room for grout lines.

I painted the bricks with Liquitex Burnt Sienna.

I aged the bricks with a dark paint wash.

I cut and glued the wood beams to the template starting with the border.

I then cut the diagonals to fit.

It worked out better than I thought it would.  :D

I added a dark paint wash to deepen the wood grain.

The wood color seems to clash with the cherry siding at the moment, so I might need to add more paint washes.  I will wait until the grass and other landscaping is in place, though, before making any modifications.


Comment from: April [Visitor]
It's going to look even more amazing when the grout goes in. I don't think the color looks weird at all, but it's your build, by all means modify if you wish!
01/19/14 @ 19:18
Comment from: brae [Member]
There won't be grout since these are pavers packed tightly together. Maybe some "dirt" ground in later. :D
01/19/14 @ 19:23
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
I love it! :D
01/19/14 @ 19:40
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
I love it just the way it is! It really pops the window poppy!
01/19/14 @ 19:57
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Wow!!! This looks fantastic!!! I agree that the color might be a bit off, but the addition of grass and such should make it moot. :) Yay, Pea!!!
01/19/14 @ 20:32
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
Another wonderful design. Love the path style.
01/19/14 @ 21:16
Comment from: Karine [Visitor]
Wow, great work ! I love this floor.
01/20/14 @ 00:34
Comment from: pepper [Visitor]
The walkway is stunning Brae. I love that you consider all aspects of your build, including the outside and landscaping. Beautiful!
01/20/14 @ 00:45
Comment from: Veronique [Visitor]
I would never have thought to make a template in Word. I have learnt something from you, yet again :-) X Véronique
01/20/14 @ 04:52
Comment from: thea [Visitor]
Ik vind het echt heel mooi, ik zou het zo laten. Kan altijd nog als je er gras hebt geplaatst Groetjes Thea
01/20/14 @ 05:16
Comment from: Blanche [Visitor]
:-) Anche io ho quel l'immagine nel mio archivio-immagini personali. Continuiamo ad avere gli stessi gusti....peccato essere così lontane! :-)
01/20/14 @ 08:13
Comment from: Emjay [Visitor]
Hi Brae. I just discovered your website about a month ago and have finished working through the archive. I can't think of a grand enough adjective to describe your work! Your creativity and workmanship are amazing. It is inspiring and discouraging at the same time - I could never hope to come close to the realism you achieve. However, I am encouraged to try some new techniques I have learned from your excellently presented blog. Thank you for sharing so generously. I have put you at the top of my favourites and will be checking every day! emjay
01/20/14 @ 09:08
Comment from: Janne Mauritzen [Visitor]
This look fantastic :)
01/20/14 @ 17:32
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you so much!!! :D
01/21/14 @ 12:02
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
A lovely pattern and well emulated!
01/21/14 @ 14:32
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Hi Brae! How wonderful this looks and how well it enhances the property! You always come up with practical and interesting solutions that are simply Marvelous to behold. Love it!
01/21/14 @ 18:08
Comment from: Susan Korman [Visitor]  
Hi Brae, It looks great and I'm really excited to see how it looks with landscaping! Susan
01/22/14 @ 17:26

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