How To Install Brick Floors Over Tile
I finally had a chance to sit down and write the tutorial for my DIY Brick floors installed over tile. After a lot of research, most everything I found wanted a thin set application applied over the tile to level it before installing the bricks. I needed an easier and faster way!!!!! If you do decide to go with a thin set application, check out this tutorial from Jessica at Cedarlanefarmhouse.
Picking Out The Brick For Interior Floors
I knew it had to be thin brick veneer and I wanted a grayish/taupe color that went with the rest of my tile flooring. Because I had previously put in a DIY brick backsplash in my kitchen, I knew the brand I wanted to use. Amazon sells them by the box and it is called Colonial Collection. They ship them straight to your door and I had no broken bricks when mine arrived! Make sure you order extra to allow for error. h
How To Lay Brick Floors Over Tile
It took a little trial and error…a few broken bricks, but I finally found a product (Loctite Power Grab Ultimate) that would adhere the brick to the tile without slipping or breaking where the floor was uneven. This product will even adhere to something that is wet. However, I strongly urge you to be sure your tile floor is extremely clean and dry before laying the brick. The adhesive has to be spread evenly on each brick. I used a trowel and spread it like butter. You have about 5 minutes to adjust to the exact position you want. But make sure you buy the ultimate as there are several different Loctite Power Grab products.
Cutting Brick Veneer For Floors
I used a small inexpensive tile cutter I bought on Amazon and it worked great. You simply score the brick and press and wahla, your brick is perfect. Because I had to go around a toilet and I had a pocket door that I did not want to cut the bottom of, I started my placement at that door. I knew the brick had to be perfect by the door and behind the toilet not so much as you can’t really see it.
How To Grout Brick Veneer Floors Over Tile
I wanted the look of old brick. In order to achieve that look I knew I would smear my grout lightly in different places. You can always wash it off if you get too much in one spot. I used Simple Grout premixed hbecause I knew I wanted one less job…not mixing grout! I tried several colors before deciding on Alabaster. It’s not white but it’s not too creamy either. I used a grout bag and filled in between bricks and then used a paint brush to smooth and form while still soft. It is very important to make sure all of your bricks are firmly adhered to the tile before grouting.
Sealing Your DIY Brick Floors
Once my grout had completely hardened about 24 to 48 hours, it was time to seal and protect. My bathroom is a high traffic bathroom as it also serves as the guest bath. Therefore I needed lots of protection. I did not want a shine so I went for a sealer with Matte finish, or semi-gloss. I applied it with a paint brush and followed the directions on the back of the product. I applied 3-4 coats heavily.
I found this product at a local hardware store
I am in love with my new brick floors!