SO, my geeeerahge. The siding is short about 2.5' riiihurrr, and it looks, meh...
See that little area to the left of the door? Or the corner by the downspout? Not a HUGE deal, but the patch jobs were...not so great? I knew i'd eventually want to beef this area up. Paint? Mural?! BRICK? ALL THE BRICK? So, when a co-worker came to me with a baller deal on a brick mosaic I was like...WHEN CAN WE START?
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I googled my brains out on how to install it and bought the materials and we just WENT for it. Thankfully, he just finished doing this on his house, so he basically taught me and then left me to finish the proj.
Brick mosaic (mine was about 1/2" thick)
Type S mortar (I used 2.5 bags for 70 sq.ft)
5 Gallon bucket
Hammer Drill (you can rent from Home Depot) & screws*
Wet tile saw (also rentable)
*unless you are installing on plywood, then you'll need to install wire mesh!
|Juuust mixing up some cupcakes, don't mind me|
THEN, go to your wall and dry fit a piece of stone into place, mark the bottom line of the stone with a marker.
|Make sure to drill on or above the line to fully prop the piece up|
Then, use your HAMMATIME drill and plow through the concrete at two points along your line. We are doing this so we can use screws to hold up the stone while the mortar dries. If you want, you COULD hold it in place for like 24 hours, but your arms might get tired.
Then smear on someadat mortar. I also placed the screws lightly into the holes before placing the stone on. YOU SEE, the stone is kinda heavy, and SOMETIMES I lost the screw holes (it's super difficult to re-hammer drill holes WHILE holding up these pieces). SO. Make your life easier, and slide the stone in WITH the screws in place, then screw them in all the way after placing the stone.
You'll also need to smoosh some mortar all over the back of the tile before placing it on the wall. When placing it, slide it in there a bit for better adhesion.
THEN, screw the screws all the way in to hold the piece TIGHT and move onto the next one!
Once I got in a groove it took about 5 minutes per tile, and I can only do 1 row a day, to let the mortar on that row fully dry before pulling out the screws and starting on the next row.
If you want it to go faster you can work your way from the bottom up, screwing a piece of wood at the bottom to hold up the brick. Ya know, DO YOU.
|Hammer drill stage right|
|looks like it's time to pull some weeds...|
The project took about 2 weeks, working every other day after work for 2.5 hours. Once you finish the tile, you'll want to caulk the gaps between the pieces and on all of the corners/sides to really seal the deal. And maybe paint your door because wtf happened there??!...