Posted on November 27 2023
I'm excited to share with you my "I have no clue what I'm doing" bricks today! I started this house with the intention to have fun and make a modern style farmhouse. I love this look (as do most people I think!) and when I found this kit I knew it would be the perfect house for my plans. I had originally planned to do a wood porch, but with all the wood accents I already added, it was just too much boring brown. So I set out to find some bricks that would fit the bill. I scoured Pinterest looking at different ideas and I fell in love with the old tumbled white washed bricks. I looked at just about every miniature site to see if I could find the perfect brick...no such luck. This meant a little DIY and some imagination.
I found these red blend bricks on Miniatures.com and settled on the fact that I was going to have to get creative. I liked that on the website these appeared to have a little color variation and not so perfectly square as I have seen other miniature bricks. I got to work pretty quickly once they arrived.
I tested to see how it worked on a couple of bricks and then decided the heck with it, and just went all in. I loosely held my Dremel and had it on the lowest speed and guided it down the edges of the bricks. I let it bounce around a little to give it a less than perfect look. Sometimes it would bounce across the tops of the bricks and at first I panicked that the scratches it was creating would ruin my look, but it did the opposite I think. It gave it a time worn look without much effort. I also randomly drilled bigger holes and dented edges in random places.
For the grout I decided to see what I already had at home. I should have ordered grout when I ordered my bricks, but I got side tracked looking at other stuff and completely overlooked it. I am too impatient to wait once I start going on something, so I found some drywall putty and decided to give it a go.