Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Faux Brick

A few years back, I decided to jazz up my front entrance with a faux brick look-
I loved it and when people came to the door, many didn't realize it wasn't real brick- the many hours I spent mixing up the paint colors and applying with sponges, rollers and foam brushes was worth it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Over time, with the 4 seasons of weather we are lucky enough to get in the Northeast, it began to show its age and I needed to spruce it up-
I simply repainted them with a concrete paint-

Now, at present, after we had the house painted, I was going for a new look- a herringbone brick pattern, or slate, or cobblestone, or tile, or .....  The list could go on but I was checking out all the creative faux floors on Pinterest.

This time, though, I will use paints specifically for outdoors as well as an outdoor sealant- oh, did I fail to mention that the last time I did this I used little bottles of craft paint and paper plates to mix all the different colors I needed to achieve a realistic brick look?

I like things done fast, sometimes too fast and I skip some important steps- lol. So, this time I have painted the steps with an outdoor concrete paint and they are just waiting to be dolled up!!


These are the back steps onto the patio that are also waiting to be dressed to kill!
 



I've had all weekend to google many looks with the rain falling around me as I type and I keep coming back to brick- I know I should be daring, maybe live on the edge a bit more, but our patio and front walk are edged in brick and I'm a little matchy matchy gal- can't help myself- I found many painting techniques from brick stencils to rollers but the one that most intrigued me was using a sponge the same size as a brick- it seems simple- no taping at all- maybe I'll get it done extra fast - lol- I always hit a snag in my quest for speed so I may take it slow this time but I do have to wait for good ole' Mother Nature to dry things up around here!




This is the front step area- quite small if I do say so myself so it really should be quick!




My professional tools! I used Patio paints and mixed many colors together-


Like I said, speed is always my goal but I'm a visual person (some call it crazy!). Many bloggers suggested using a chalk line to keep things straight- whoops- too many steps for me, so eyeballing it is always my way. But, don't copy my method-lol!









The back steps-



In the back I actually taped around the steps not to get any on patio-  once I seal the 
faux bricks, we will power wash the patio to bring it back to life!




                                             From a distance, it looks real!! This is before-
 

And after-




I'm happy it's done- the sweltering heat is unbearable but the heat wave is continuing and there are just too many things to do around the house, for the upcoming wedding, to put anything off.




 
 
 
 
 
I also painted the front door black!


             I love how the steps turned out- the final step is to poly them with an outdoor sealer-
       Now, onto the next project!

   Take care, gotta fly-