Thursday, June 7, 2007

Friday Show and Tell......................Faux brick floor


It's Friday, so it is Show and Tell Time over at Kelli's place.....Today I want to show you my faux brick floor that is so easy and cheap to do....I had plain ole gray concrete floors in the sun room and my music-garden-reading room......I cut a stencil of four bricks, two turned different ways, using a brick as a pattern leaving about an inch between each brick for mortar...I chose a brick colored semi gloss paint.

The sun porch floor was very smooth and had been painted gray..This was the first floor I did. It took about 6-8 hours to do. After completing the painting and allowing a day to dry really well, I applied a satin polyeurathane finish.

The other room was a rougher finished concrete and really does look like brick....I followed the same directions. It had not been painted but worked just fine. Always begin in a corner. I did two rows of four bricks at the time, the length of the room.

Every 30 minutes, you need to stand up and walk around a few minutes to give your back a rest.


This corner cabinet was maple before I painted it white. I took the toile fabric, dipped it in liquid starch, squeezed it out, and placed it on the doors., smoothing it. I then took ribbon and placed it around the raw edges...When it dries, it looks like wallpaper. It can be stripped off and leaves no evidence of ever being there. You can use the same fabric over and over. I 've used this method on walls, etc.......


Gardening room.....through the door is the sun porch. I like using shutters on the inside windows rather than window treatments....I've recovered the chair and footstool in a cream and burgundy red toile since this picture was made.



Finished floor above. Some places are a little darker and some lighter. I like the variance of color.


This is how I started in a corner.. you can seen the raw concrete floor on the right......I knelt on a foam rubber gardening mat to paint.....

33 comments:

Barbara H. said...

Thanks for the tip about the toile! I just love that look, and to know it is so easy and comes off easily as well is great.

Ruth said...

WOW!! A handpainted FLOOR!! I am MOST impressed!! I don't have the work ethic to do such a large space. It's beautiful!! =o)

dot said...

Betty, I love the floor. No way could I get down and do that!

Kim said...

WOW!!! It looks really fantastic.

Jenn4Him said...

I am amazed. It really does look like brick. Have a great weekend.

Lady_MSnow said...

You did a wonderful job!

Marci said...

I think this is a GREAT idea. I too have cement floors, but mine are throughout the house. YOu did a wonderful job. Do you hire yourself out.

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

You did a very good job. It looks wonderful. connie from Texas

ellen b. said...

I want the corner cabinet and the dishes in it.. :) I am impressed that your back survived that beautiful floor!

Lana G! said...

WOW! That is amazing. Nice work.

Sharon said...

Your floor is beautiful! Looks like real brick! I've heard of using fabric dipped in starch and put on walls, but have never tried it.

Kelli said...

Wow! That is amazing, Betty!! It really looks exactly like brick, you did a wonderful job! Your sun porch is beautiful!
Kelli

Betty said...

Ellen and Lana, I don't know if you have a blog,,,,but thank you for coming by and taking the time to comment....Please come again...Betty

Rhoda said...

Betty, I just love your painted brick floor! It does look so real...you did a great job. And I love your blue/white dishes in that white painted cupboard. Your home looks so inviting & cozy & rea.. I haven't done faux bricks, but would love to try it somewhere.

Rhoda
Southern Hospitality

Mrs.B. said...

Wow, that floor looks great! I like the variations in the color too--makes it look more authentic.

And I love love love toile! Your cabinet looks lovely. (o:

Morning Glory said...

What a clever idea with the brick look. It's really pretty.

Mrs. C said...

The floor looks great! You must have a strong back and sturdy knees. :)

Barbara said...

Betty you are artistic and good with your hands. Looks good and to me looks like a Southern Home. I love these pictures where one gets to see inside ones home.
I realised that you must have mixed me up. First Barbara I have come across since blogging. I went to her site twice but both times my coputer seized up. I think it must be because she has so much stuff in her side bar.

Julieann said...

WOW!!! I am so impressed--the floor is awesome!

Thank you for sharing :)

Julieann:)

Pam said...

Great job and great look! I love your taste in decorating! When can you come to my house? LOL

Mrs. U said...

I am AMAZED!!! You did the entire floor by hand??? And you let people walk on it now?? LOL!! Just kidding... it is soooo pretty and I am quite sure your family LOVES it!! You are talented!!

His,
Mrs. U

Trudi M said...

Very nice. Love the cabinet.

Myrna said...

Betty, you are an inspiration--and quite the decorator! I love the cabinet. that's a tip I believe I can do and may just have to try it. I also like that shutter idea.

Keep giving us these peeks into your home--It is lovely.

picketfencemom said...

You really did do a great job, but then again you do a great job with everything you try!
I think your sunporch has become my most 'favoritest' room in the house, and I really like the pretty white beadboard! Everything looks lovely!
Love,
Amy

cityfarmer said...

I wrote this big long comment this A.M. about laying down my burdens....it has not appeared on your comments....not sure what happened...now I wish I could remember all of it.....thanks for our chat..

Tina Leigh said...

Betty that is unreal!! Wow what talent you have! You think my husband would mind if I did this to his floor out in his work building? It would be the only floor I could use unless....wait....the car port!! Oh I love it!

Moobear said...

If you see this amongst all the many comments :) I am stunned and in awe of the job that you did and the outcome is just outstanding. I am very proud of you. And have a great day my friend!

Anita said...

Betty, those faux bricks really look amazing, you did a great job!

And how lovely to have a gardening room that leads to the sun path!

Have a wonderful week-end!

Best wishes from HOT Germany,
Anita

Sandra said...

Oh I LOVE this, what a wonderful idea.....

Hugs,
♥Sandra

Betty Jo said...

Betty your floor is just awesome! I adore that white corner cupboard too. xoxo

Lyndy said...

The floor is beautiful and I love the corner cupboard. Everything is just lovely.

Thanks for sharing and have a blessed Sunday.

Lyndy

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Dear Betty...
I’m impressed! not only with with your floor, which is stunning, but all your other creations too. What a creative lady you are and now I hear that you make covers for furniture too. There seems to be no end to your talents. I love your sun room, its so tastefully furnished and very inviting. I can just imagine us sitting there have a chat. You already know how much I like your corner cupboard, yes, its just my style.
Betty, when do you find time for all this creativity? Is it ‘Sleepless in Georgia’ I wonder!
A great posting and terrific feedback.
Lots of Love - Marion

weirdbunny said...

I love to see pictures of poeples homes. I'm giving my house a good clean today, then giving myself coffee breaks and little computer blogging brewaks for hard work done ! Have a lovely weekend Betty - love Julia x