The Quicker Brick

by brae  

No, I will never give up on egg carton brickwork, but I tried an experiment to help a friend out with a brick floor project.  We were thinking egg carton brick, but she has a Beacon Hill and three large floors to fill.  Even with awesome results, cutting egg carton bricks is time consuming and daunting to say the least.

Then the other day I was down a Pinterest rabbit hole, and I ran across an old entry from Tiny Handmade.  The miniaturist had made a wood tile floor from popsicle sticks. I thought, what about skinny sticks?  :D

Skinny sticks are 1/4" wide, have a flat side and rounded edges on the other side. The rounded edges will give a break between the bricks, so I made sure to use that side facing up.  And, as with dating, you also want to weed out the obviously warped ones.

I measured 3/4" bricks and used my Easy Cutter Ultimate to make quick work of cutting.

A little sanding on the edges to get rid of the excess.

I glued them to my sample template (just a piece of black paper without lines).  They have enough variance to make for more realistic looking bricks but are pretty uniform in width to make bricking easy.  Strip wood would be too uniform and you'd have no gaps between the bricks unless you made the rounded edges.

I stippled on Moon Yellow by Americana using a stencil brush, which gave it a subtle texture.  These are going to be relatively smooth bricks compared to the bumpy egg carton material.  If you wanted more surface texture, you could use gel medium dabbed on with a sponge brush before painting.  But, having them nice and smooth will make furniture placement on the surface much easier.  Here the paint is still wet.

Grouting didn't seem necessary as I just made sure there was excess paint in the grooves to cover evenly, but that would be simple enough to add with spackling, grout or other filler.  These would work especially well for a painted brick wall or floor since you aren't going to be able to bend these around a three dimensional object.


Comment from: April [Visitor]
Looks like it worked really well to me :)
07/27/15 @ 20:02
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Wonderful solution! They look great! :D
07/27/15 @ 20:04
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
Oh, I like this--I think it would be great, and fairly quick, for a terrace or a paved garden walk.
07/27/15 @ 21:57
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
Lions and tigers and bricks! Oh my! How clever! Those would look awesome as flooring in my potting shed.
07/27/15 @ 22:05
Comment from: Abbe PB [Visitor]
A paint mixed with sand would also work really well to improve the brick texture, though definitely more appropriate for an external brick than a brick floor. Keeping them a little bit shiny with a satin sheen paint will also help a brick floor idea because they're often polished and/or sealed :)
07/27/15 @ 22:07
Comment from: The Grandmommy [Visitor]  
I like the fact they are already rounded. Great idea!
07/28/15 @ 00:56
Comment from: Anna Kujala [Visitor]
What a wonderful idea, than you for sharing it with the rest of us!
07/28/15 @ 03:47
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Love this. Nice that they are rounded!
07/28/15 @ 20:29
Comment from: Wanda [Visitor]
Great idea, will have to file this one away!
07/28/15 @ 21:48
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]
gorgeous results! I just found your site. Why the yellow?
07/29/15 @ 07:40
Comment from: Bill [Visitor]
You ask "Why the yellow?" I think the reason is that the Emerald City is just out of sight to the right of the photo. I love the bricks. It is hard to believe that you made these out of wood.
07/29/15 @ 11:18
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Love it! What a fantastic solution for friend. :) And much less daunting then egg carton bricks....Bravo. A nap in a Poppy field would be divine right now.
07/29/15 @ 13:57
Comment from: Brijohn [Visitor]
Lol- weeding out the warped ones! Funny. This is genius! I will use this bricking my house foundation! So so clever. Can you get these skinny sticks at hobby lobby or michaels? Thanks for sharing this.
07/29/15 @ 14:10
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Hmmmmm.... Who do I know who has a Beacon Hill with three floors of yellow brick roads... I know it's someone I know.... *scratches head* &#59;)
07/30/15 @ 20:55
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!! :>> Yes, the yellow is for The Yellow Brick Road. :yes: I've found them at the local craft stores and you can find them online as well.
07/31/15 @ 11:40
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Hi Brae! It was good to see your personal endorsement of the Easy Cutter which I had heard much about but have until now, shied away from. Your bricks look clean cut and regular so I shall now be on the lookout for this particular tool. Many Thanks for the useful demonstration. :D
07/31/15 @ 13:40
Comment from: brae [Member]
I do like the Easy Cutter, though I don't use it as often now that I have my scroll saw. The drawback of the Easy Cutter is that it does crush the wood a bit whereas the saw makes a clean cut. :yes: It's still a great tool, and I wouldn't give it up.
08/01/15 @ 11:58

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