Brick borders add a lovely country charm to any home. In your den, parlor, kitchen, bathroom or even your bedroom, they can add a unique style and comfortable air to any room in your palace. Looks very complex, doesn’t it? It really is quite simple. Our team of expert designers have put together a comprehensive list and come up with a step-by-step guide for you to install your very own Contiguous Ingot Design in a fashionable, affordable and unique manner that is just right for YOU.
Step #1: If you haven’t done so already, now would PROBABLY be a very good time to go shopping. After all, you are going to be working around some very strong and dangerous chemicals, and a respirator at this point is absolutely necessary. (Primer and TSP are very toxic to breathe in, for example and can be fatal) Here is a comprehensive shopping list I have designed to make sure you have everything you need for this fun, brick-designing-project to get underway in tip top time.
-Trisodium Phosphate (TSP)
-Rounded Wooden Stick
-Dropcloths (enough for painting and pre-painting cleaning preparation)
-High-Nap Paint Roller
-Acrylic Topcoat Paint
-Respirator (quite possibly the most important item on your shopping list!!)
Step #2: Exposed interior brick is a strong way for you to show off your craftsmanship into an already well-built masonry foundation. It is a great and very unique choice, provided you can carefully follow the steps required to do it correctly the first time.
Step #3: Make sure you are not absorbing the light in an already well-lit room, making it seem rather dim and dull. Make sure you have already thought up a color and a few backups and designed a lighting concept for the room. This could be accopmplished after the walls are painted, but the least expensive manner to accomplish this task without making the room appear even darker and lowering your need for more electric light and jacking up your electricity bills even higher, is to paint the brick. It essentially provides a lighter surface with the added benefit of you being able to have creative freedom to choose your very own color, while still retaining the unique look of the interior brick.
Step #4: Clean the brick using a stiff brustle broom. This will make absolutely certain that any added loose sediment hasn’t already permanently attatched itself to your brick . This will make them easier to wash and paint afterwards and provides you with a much more beautiful wall.
Step #5: First, put on your respirator and make sure it is working for your own safety. Next, wash the brick using 1/4 parts trisodium phosphate (TSP) per one gallon of water to removed any caked-on remaining debris. Lukewarm or scalding hot tap water are best for this tedious task in order to completely sterilize and disinfect the brick and your cleaning tools as well. You might wish to switch to an all-wire brush if the dirt still refuses to come off of your brick. Next, rinse the TSP from the brick using a high-pressure sprayer (remember it is going indoors, so in the meantime, it is more important to get your brick as clean and smooth as possible, you can worry about your interior much later) and rinse with clean water until completely dissolved. Allow the bricks to dry. It should be anything but damp to the touch. (A good way to tell is that your brick usually turns a different shade when it is wet than when it is dry.) **Careful Side Note** : If you are cleaning an entire wall and the brick is already installed in your house, you MIGHT want to decide on a low mist sprayer or clean your bricks with a bucket and clean water and washcloths and towels instead. Put down enough dropcloths , as many as you will need to keep from ruining your floor. Remove your respirator. You will not need it once the TSP has dissolved with the water and is drying).
Step #6: One would presume that your brick is already installed in your wall in the room you so desire of your house. If not, we can show you how do do that another time, or feel free to email our team of designing experts with a more comprehensive how-to on inexpensive bricklaying for the , well..non-bricklayer. That being said, we can move on to the next step. Make quite certain that you completely and accurately check all of your mortar for any deterioration such as cracking or crumbling. This is where you will utilize your chisel and hammer. Use your nylon brush to sweep the mortar sediments away and then refill the empty joint gaps with new batches of mortar using your brand new tuckpoint trowel (or used one if you already have one, no sense wasting money on something you already have in your home improvement arsenal. ) . The trowel is used to pack the mortar where you wish to ,well..pack it. The mortar should be set in about 15 minutes, giving you enough time to go to the kitchen for a nice, cold, refreshing glass of lemonade. Once the mortar is set, this is where you will use your rounded wooden stick (most are included in hardware or paint departments with your can of paint purchase not only to stir your paint but for JUST this exact purpose! Learn something new every day, huh? )Make sure that the new mortar is level with the old mortar and allow it to set for 48 hours. This will give you enough time to catch up on your reading, do a little barbecue or fishing, spend some quality time with the family, or watch that important documentary on Harry S. Truman you always wanted to see.
-EXACTLY TWO DAYS (48 Hours) LATER-
Step #7: Like you did when you first cleaned your brick, it would be best to cover the entire surface of your floor where you are going to be painting with enough dropcloths to catch any paint drips and chips. Cream-colored masking tape would work best along the sides if you are not sure it is catching in the corners, or you can place your paint buckets here to secure the drop cloths, whatever works best for you is fine. You also want to be careful not to paint your baseboards or trim edges. That is why this step is also quite necessary.
Step #8: This is the time to use your Acrylic Primer. This is ALSO the second time you will be using your respirator. Primer & Paint, like TSP can be very harmful if breathed in and swallowed, so for safety’s sake, please put it on and make sure it is working once again. It would be best to keep it on during the entirety of your painting session, except between drying times. First, cover the brick with 1 coat of your Acrylic Primer. This is where you will first utilize your Paintbrush and Paint Roller as well. Start from the top in rows leading all the way to the bottom where you lay your drop cloth. You can finish the edges later. Allow this area to dry for at least two hours. Remove your respirator. This would be a good time to catch up on your reading or have lunch.
-TWO HOURS LATER-
Step #9: Re-attatch your respirator and make sure it is working correctly. This is where you will utilize your Paintbrush, your High-Nap Paint Roller once again and now your Acrylic Latex Paint and finish of your choosing! How exciting! First, apply 1 coat of paint to your brick. Use your paintbrush to edge the walls (this may be done later) and use your High-Nap Paint Roller for the Central Wall, making sure to catch any drips and imperfections on the way down. Use the brush to create a 3-inch-wide strip frame around the edge of your wall, then overlap it with another 2-inch-strip with your paint roller. This is how you begin to roll on the paint in rows, overlapping each time by 2 inches to ensure complete and total paint coverage to your entire brick area.
Step #10: Paint in sections. You want these sections to be an estimate of about a good 5 feet, then go over them and retouch them once you are done. Make sure you apply new paint where you need to whether it be new strips or sections or retouching BEFORE you move on to the next step. This is VERY important.
Step #11:Last, but certainly not least, you want to apply a total of 2 coats to the paint. But you want to let the 1st coat dry overnight completely before you apply a second coat. Wait for the second coat to dry before removing the masking tape and the drop cloth and then refinish your edges where needed.
Step #12: Remove your respirator. You did it! Happy Decorating!