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You all know I love a good DIY on a budget, right?! I decided to get creative with my workspace flooring and do a faux brick stencil! I’m using the Herringbone stencil from Royal Stencils which is the company I get all my stencils from. Here is a very similar one to try! Trust me with this- it ends up looking like an amazing real brick floor! Be sure to follow along my highlight reel “Brick Stencil” on Instagram @thesassybarn for a visual as you read through this blog post for more details!
1. To start, I placed my stencil near the door and used a large round brush for the base layer color and the small round brushes from Royal Designs for the colors which worked great! You do not need a lot of paint for this- just a thin layer to cover the area.
2. After this dried, I then went through with a smaller round brush and smudged the color over the white for some added texture. This part is somewhat tedious and definitely the most time consuming, so if you can find a friend to help, take them up! It's nice for one person to work on the initial white base layer while the second person works on adding the color variation on top. I ended up mixing some of the colors to get a very organic brick look and randomly placed color so as to not look so uninformed.
3. After I finished a section and the paint had time to dry, I used 100 grit sandpaper and sanded the whole floor- but the darker color a little more- for a muted and natural old brick look.
For my workshop, I did the same pattern stencil as I used for the larger office space you see in my Instagram stories, but I used Fusion Mineral Paint “Lamp White”,“Casement”, “Putty”, and “Soapstone” “Lamp White”,“Casement”, “Putty”, and “Soapstone” as my color palette.
5. I started with the Lamp White color as my base, and then I layered Casement and Putty for color variation and texture. I used the same round brushes as above from Royal Designs. The key is layering the paint colors and mixing them to create an authentic brick look. Again, there was no rhyme or reason to the pattern I chose to add the colors! Once that paint dried, I went over with Soapstone, the darkest color, to add some depth! Sand to achieve your desired look!
I love how these floors turned out, and they are totally budget friendly. It only cost me about $100 (and some dedicated time) to cover 200 square feet with faux brick flooring!
Follow along on my Instagram highlight reel “Brick Stencil” to watch the process, and tag me if you decided to try this project!
-I would recommend some knee pads before you get started if you are planning on stenciling a large area! These are lifesavers, especially for a big project.
-The concrete floors do not need much preparation ahead of time. I would just recommend having a clean surface- free of debris to get going! The color variation in the natural concrete makes for an authentic looking “mortar” when you are finished!