Where can I find red-orange clay bricks from the early 1900's? Craigslist!!!
Remember when we had that great idea about exposing the brick in our sink room? Still a crowdpleaser even today. Let's have a quick look back at that winner project.
|Sink Room off Master|
Yup, that's the pipe. Totally surprised us. We think it carried kerosene to a light fixture back in the 1906 day.
We decided to do nothing with it. So it stayed in the wall, carefully balancing chunks of mortar.
Then we decided to renovate.
Here's that wall through the master.
Ignore everything everywhere. And here's that wall after everything was demo'd.
EEK! The pipe is gone. I even didn't think about it before I saw the hole...but of course that pipe would be removed. EVERY OLD THING was being removed!!!
Now what do we do? We turn to my contractor's uncle, of course, who is a mason. Except my contractor had his own idea of replacement bricks.
|Top: His Brick/Bottom: My Old Brick|
This was it. His closest match. He knew people who knew people but couldn't source original clay brick. You can't buy this stuff at the corner store. Actually, any store.
So I took it on. I googled for old bricks. Surely there's something available somewhere. What should pop up but an ad on Craigslist for "Reclaimed Bricks from 1910". Four years off? Bingo!
Cut to me two days later in the backyard of a house on the East side of the city. Digging through a huge pile of clay bricks full of mortar, dirt and bugs. Pulling out ones that looked like they matched my chip.
|Chip Is On The Bottom Left Brick|
They were from a chimney, so many were burnt black. In a pinch, that could be sanded off easily, but I found enough good ones to take home and test.
And guess what???....
The mason, who speaks very little English, said, "Same bricks. Same factory. You buy 649!" I couldn't believe it either. Total luck.
A few days later, they were in.
A little bleached mortar did the trick. It will never be invisible, but it looks amazing. Even better in person. Especially when I think about what it could have been had my friend Craigslist not come through.
Here's the before and after.
Not bad at all. Once the settee is back in place, you might never even notice that Craigslist score.