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DIY French Farmhouse Brick Paver Bathroom Reveal

DIY French Farmhouse Brick Paver Bathroom Reveal

I’ve always loved the warmth and character that brick floors give a space. Over the years, I have collected brick floor inspirations on Pinterest, hoping that one day I too could have a brick floor in my home. One of my favorite inspirations comes from Steve & Brooke Giannetti, Santa Monica home.

Brooke Giannetti's Office

Brooke Giannetti's Office

If you frequent my blog or follow me on social media, you probably saw my post last year about painting my guest bathroom vanity with Annie Sloan chalk paint. For more details on that project click here.

This year, I decided I wanted to add some finishing touches to my guest bathroom to give it a French farmhouse look. On the top of my list was framing the bathroom mirror, new lighting, and hoping I could sell my husband on ripping out the ugly tile floor and making my dream of having a brick floor a reality.

One of the first projects we did when we purchased the house was ripping out the tile flooring that covered most of the first story of our home. Not a fun project by any means, so I knew that selling the brick pavers might take a lot of convincing.

Guest Bathroom - Before

Guest Bathroom Before

Ugly Tile

Ugly Tile

Well not only did he agree to put brick pavers in our guest bathroom, but I was also able to convince him to put them in the laundry room and powder room that had the same ugly tile flooring.

Laundry Room - Before

Laundry Before

Powder Room - Before

Bathroom Before

I knew when I started looking at brick pavers that I wanted Chicago Brick pavers. After looking at several local places, we ended up going with Metro Brick in Dallas, TX.

Brick Pavers

While selecting our brick pavers, I got a bit of an education. I learned that pavers are sold by the type of cut. The most popular cut being the top & bottom cuts from the brick, and the less desirable cut being the middle cut. Since I wanted the top and bottom cuts, I ended up having to special order the pavers. A week later they arrived, and we were ready to get this project started.

Guest Bathroom Tile Demo

Tile Demo

Powder Room - Ready for Pavers

Powder Room - Demo

We rented a hammer drill from Home Depot for around $90 for the day, which made the tile demo go quickly. Once we had a clean slate in all three rooms, we were ready to start installing the pavers.

Powder Room - Paver Install

Paver Install

Before you get started, I recommend you lay out the pattern you picked in the room to ensure the layout will be centered. To do this, we divided the length and width measurements in half, then snapped a chalk line to mark the center.

Once the layout was centered, we started by laying the first paver in one of the corners where the chalk lines met. Then, simply spread the mortar on the back of the paver with a notched trowel and placed it on the floor, pressing slightly.

Powder Room - Paver Install

Pavers Installed

After the pavers were installed, we let the mortar dry overnight. The next day, I cleaned the floor with a shop vacuum to clean up loose mortar and dirt. Once the tile was clean, I went over it with a penetrating tile sealer that I purchased at Lowe’s. The sealer keeps the porous brick from soaking up any spill or stains. It also makes it easier to clean after grouting.

Sealer

After letting the sealer dry for 5 hours, we were ready to grout! Grouting bricks is super easy, but it can be messy. I went with a 1/2″ grout line, so we decided using a grout piping bag was the easiest option. To me, it’s like decorating a cake on the floor. 😂

Since we are laying brick pavers and not tile we will be grouting with mortar. However, the process is the same. Fill the piping bag with mortar and squeeze between the grout lines. Once you have your grout line filled go over it with a brick jointer that matches the size of your grout line, in our case we used a 1/2″ brick jointer.  I recommend cleaning any excess mortar off the top of the brick with a wet sponge as you go to make clean-up easier.

The next day, we were ready to seal the brick and grout to keep the porous materials from soaking up spills and staining. For this, we used an acrylic sealer by Quikrete in a Satin finish. I always have people tell me that brick floors are so hard to clean. This is true if you don’t properly seal your floor.

Quikrete

We have had our brick floors for about two months and I absolutely love them!! They really give each room that Old World charm that I have always loved. Another successful DIY project in the books!

Laundry Room - After

After

Laundry Room - After

After

Powder Room - After

After

Powder Room - After

At the beginning of this post, I mentioned that besides doing the brick pavers I also wanted to add some other French farmhouse finishing touches to our guest bathroom. On the top of my list was framing the bathroom mirror and adding new lighting. 

First, let me talk about the walnut frame my husband made for the mirror. I initially thought I would order one of those custom frames from Mirror Mate, so I sent a request for some samples and was excited about just snapping a frame on the big mirror. The samples arrived a few days later, and let’s just say I wasn’t feeling the PDF sample they sent me. Then it occurred to me that my husband had some walnut wood in his wood stash in the garage, and a plan came together! For those of you not familiar with walnut wood, it’s a beautiful straight-grained hardwood that ranges from a chocolate brown to dark purple. After a quick trip to Rockler to pick out a jig, we were in business. I love how it turned out!!

Guest Bathroom - After

Bathroom After

Guest Bathroom - After

Bathroom -After

Guest Bathroom - After

I also wanted to take down the builder grade vanity light over the mirror. I have never been a big fan of vanity lights. In my opinion, 90% of them are just ugly!! Since I wanted to create a French farmhouse look, I picked out a beautiful Aidan Gray Home pendant light. 

Guest Bathroom Lighting

Bathroom Light

 To complete the look, I purchased some fun apothecary jars that I filled with French soap, bath salts, and Q-tips. 

Guest Bathroom - After

After

I also purchased this old coal bucket to store toilet paper. 

Guest Bathroom - After

After

Guest Bathroom - After

Bathroom Floor

Guest Bathroom - After

After

Guest Bathroom - After

After

Guest Bathroom - After

DIY Brick Paver

Guest Bathroom - After

Guest Bathroom

Guest Bathroom - After

Guest Bathroom - After

And that’s a wrap! If you are considering putting brick pavers in your home, I highly recommend it!! If you have any question please comment below. 

Jamie

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DIY French Farmhouse Brick Paver Bathroom Reveal
Guest Bathroom DIY

Guest Bathroom DIY – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Project

It has been a while since the hubby and I have done any DIY projects to the house. Probably because we still have images in our heads of ripping up the tile floor to put in wood flooring on the entire first floor of our house. I literally had mud for floors for a few days…but that’s another story.

If you are familiar with homes in Texas, builders love to put oak wood grain cabinets everywhere!! I think that is why I have come to despise wood grain cabinets so much.   If you’ve seen pictures of our kitchen before we remodeled it, you witnessed the oak, wood grain cabinet nightmare. In my opinion, the wood grain seems so busy to me. Every time I paint over wood grain the room always feels much calmer. Which leads me to my guest bathroom project. Yes, my guest bathroom also has the same oak wood grain cabinets. They have been saying “paint me” for years, but I haven’t felt inspired until recently.

I have loved the look of gray cabinets for years, and I knew that I wanted a calm spa look with a Country French twist. So I went to a local antique mall, that sells fun specialty paints like General Finishes, and Annie Sloan paints to look at different gray paint swatches. I immediately fell in love with Annie Sloan’s “French Linen”. It was the perfect color for my French Country Spa bathroom!!

You are going to laugh when I tell you, this is my first time using Annie Sloan paint. I know…. It’s been around for years and even people who don’t paint furniture have probably tried it, right!! The truth is, I usually make my own chalk paint. It’s so easy to do and much cheaper too. Regardless, I purchased my can of paint for $38 and a small container of the dark wax for $15 and was on my way. 🙂

Before I post any pictures, let me first apologize about the lighting in these photos. This bathroom is one of the hardest spaces in my house to take pictures of because there is no natural light, and the room is also narrow making it hard to get a good picture. I know we all have spaces in our homes like this, right!?!

Guest Bathroom - Before

Basic Oak Cabinet with 4 Doors

I know with many of these specialty paints they advertise that sanding is not required. Let me just say, I ALWAYS, ALWAYS, sand any project I am working on to ensure that the paint adheres properly. You just end up with a better outcome. I used an electric sander with a P80 sanding disc (you could also use a P120 sanding disc) to get a nice smooth finish. Once I had everything sanded, I went back over it with a sanding block to get the nook and crannies that the sander couldn’t get.

 

Cabinets Sanded & Door Removed

 

After putting the first coat of paint on the vanity I “lightly” sanded over it with a sanding block to give it a distressed look. Then using Annie Sloan Dark Wax and a rag, I gently rubbed wax on the vanity and lightly sanded again. I repeated this same process to get a nice aged distressed look (paint, sand, wax, sand)

Sanded with One Coat of Annie Sloan Paint

The last step, once I got the look I wanted was to go over it with a clear wax to seal and protect the finish. I used SC Johnson paste wax that I purchased at Home Depot for about $7.00.

 

Guest Bathroom - After

Guest Bathroom DIY

I love how much bigger the room feels without the cabinet doors.

I found this linen shower curtain that matched perfectly at Bed Bath and Beyond.

I enjoyed using Annie Sloan paint and wax. I discovered that it was easy to apply with a foam roller and paintbrush. I know Annie Sloan sells some specialty brushes, but to be honest, my paintbrush from Home Depot worked great.

Overall, this was such a fun project. I can’t wait to have friends and family enjoy it!

Jamie