Before and After French Country Cottage Foyer Reveal

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  1. How thick were the bricks you wound up using on your floor? I know you cut them yourself I just wondered at the approximate width since you had already cut the tiles off for your backslash. Is it rough on your feet to walk on? I have a bunch of reclaimed bricks I picked up from my son’s house he was going to take them to the dump and I have a wet saw, I would love to do this in my kitchen

    1. They were approximately 1/2″ thick. Not sure if you saw this post or not, but here is how we cut our own thin brick. The sunroom floor was a lot lower and just a concrete slab so we used the leftover brick pavers and cut them in half, but on an interior floor like our foyer I would recommend 1/2″ thick. The key to interior brick flooring is smoothing out the grout really well because that is the part that can get rough and uncomfortable, but we loved our indestructible brick floors. I would definitely do it again. Good luck Michelle. My vote is go for it! 🙂

  2. Hi,
    We have Chicago brick throughout most of our home. My husband wants to replace all of it because it is to dark for him so I thought it would be a lot cheaper and look a lot better if I would do a German schmear with the bright white mortar. I love the French country look and I think this would be perfect for both of us. The current brick floor has a sealant on it so before I start do I need to remove the sealant and if so do you have any recommendations?

    1. Hi Tabitha! I don’t think you would need to actually remove the sealant, but I would take a scrub brush with a mild detergent and really scrub the entire surface well before applying a mortar wash. It sounds beautiful!!

    1. Absolutely! If a patio though you will want to lay down sand first. The design process is the same but the underlay would be different, if you will. Did that answer your question?

      1. This is what it currently looks like. I just want to tone done the red. They are some weird looking bricks to start with. 🙂

      2. The door and screen door are all black, but it needs some character.

      3. Oh I see! Yes! This brick would be perfect for mortar wash because of the solid brick coloring underneath. You could definitely do a mortarwash or German smear here. It would be beautiful!

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  4. It’s GORGEOUS! Tell me…does the white mortar pick up dirt over time?

    1. Thanks Amy! Yes it does get dirty but there are a lot of battery powered bristle mops that work really well to clean it. Honestly, I’ve been so pleased with our brick floors I will do it again when we build.

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  7. Hi there! We’re looking to do a brick/mortar floor in laundry & mud room but just wondering how uncomfortable it is on your feet? Looks so beautiful but if the surface is so rough & hard I’m not sure I can justify cosmetic over comfort?
    Thanks & blessings,

    1. Ours are actually quite smooth. Make sure the grout is smoothed out really well and wiped down thoroughly. but I will do the brick again when we build!

  8. Hi Anna,
    Beautiful pictures of bricks. We recently laid both hand cut antique brick and Old Mill Castle mortar washed brick in our kitchen and guest bath…I’ve sealed it with Stonetech Bulletproof sealer, which seems to keep things from soaking into and staining the grout. My question is, do you know of a tool, that sweeps/mops rough surfaces like brick floors?

  9. Back again for more inspiration as I anxiously await the completion of our floor. AHHH! I have waited over 25 years since I first became a homeowner for my dream of brick kitchen floor to come true! Love this post!

    1. I cannot WAIT to see your floor!! I will need to do a follow up post and add yours!!! ?

    1. Oh my word you are amazing! Yes that’s it!! Thanks so much. Excited to look at the rest of her house. Ha. Thank you!!

  10. Hi, im loving these pictures! i’ve seen those lowe’s thin brick, so pretty!! what color grout do yall think is best?

  11. I am so excited! I just scored my thin brick pavers on closeout at Lowes for a steal! I have been wanting brick kitchen floors for years! We have long narrow kitchen so I definitely think the herringbone will be the way to go or else it will just make it look longer otherwise.

    It may be a while until we get around to putting it down but when we do of course the makeover will be on the blog.

    Great post!

    1. Oooo that is so exciting!! Which color did you get?? Our brick floor reveal is coming soon, but I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  12. Beautiful floors and more you’ve found, Ahna! I do love mortar washed brick (now that I know what it’s called). So pretty!!! How lucky to have found some reclaimed brick ~ enjoy laying them. My husband, daughter and I laid travertine diagonally at our last home in California and though it’s difficult to get perfectly level across the floor, after a while it comes pretty naturally.

    Oh! Yes, you’ll want some kind of definition between flooring types, hence why this person put down the brick border between the entry and the carpet. It’d look awful otherwise. Plus you’d cut your feet on the herringbone’s pointed edges. Just a thought. 😉

    Happy bricking and Happy Memorial Day to you! Saw your post over at Thursday Favorite Things with Amber and thought I’d come read. Thanks!

    Blessings to you,
    Barb 🙂

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