Brick Patio with mill stone accents

Project by Roz posted 08-22-2010 09:04 PM 14617 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a request for pictures after I ask for advice on making concrete look like stone. As it turned out, I did not have to fabricate a millstone. An antique dealer friend gave me a broken stone and I bought a small one in a Charleston Sc. antique shop.

We collected brick from our area and many are hand made. The brick we gathered were of about eight different shapes and sizes. I found out that this made laying in patterns difficult but we managed. It was interesting using hand made brick with all its defects.

We excavated the area and laid a bed of sand. The brick and stone went down on that and we finished it off with a dry mix of sand and mortar.

It worked so well we decided to repair the sidewalk in the front yard with the broken brick pieces.

There is one problem I have yet to solve. The birck are left with a thin hase left by the mortor when ever they are wet. I need to find something to clean them off.

-- TL. Roswell "The only thing that works in an old house is the man who lives there."

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posted 08-23-2010 10:47 AM

looks very nice….not sure what to use to take the haze off, I don’t do much cement work….

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 08-25-2010 06:52 AM

Thanks for looking Todd. I think I may have to let it ware off.

-- TL. Roswell "The only thing that works in an old house is the man who lives there."

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posted 08-26-2010 12:41 AM

Looks great!

About the mortar haze, it’s been a while since I used mortar on anything, but when I was I always had a 2nd person who simply cleaned the stones/bricks after I had laid them with a sponge and clean water (it tedious to get them clean but one my little girl is pretty good at). For the minimal haze you have normal wear will erode that… but I’ve had to go after leftover mortar remnants with a wire brush before to clean up the work.

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posted 08-30-2010 07:30 AM

A great recycling project Roz. I don’t know if this product is available in the States but it is exactly what you need to remove the haze. It is made for ‘removing cement and residue from rustic floors’ as the label says in English. It’s called SANET, I just bought some at this linked site here in Sweden on Saturday.


Two months ago I used it after laying antique terra-cotta tiles in the kitchen to remove the remaining mortar and joint compound. It is diluted with water and does an incredible fast job, really cleaning the floor to the tiles. Would work on bricks as well, I’m sure, as it just attacks the cement.

I’ve got another 250 square foot room that I’m laying the same antique terra cotta tiles in this week and just bought a couple more liters of the stuff. Try a Google search for it. If nothing else it could possibly be found/ordered and shipped from England.

-- Above all, it is a matter of loving art, not understanding it. (Fernand Leger)

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posted 08-30-2010 07:39 AM

Roz, I did a quick search for the SANET and still don’t know if it is available in the US, however I did find the company that produces and sells it. They are located in Valencia, Spain at this link (in English), possibly you can contact them asking about US distributors.

”_ http://www.monestir.com/uk/index.htm_":http://www.monestir.com/uk/index.htm

This link is their SANET product page .... ” http://www.monestir.com/uk/sanet.htm":http://www.monestir.com/uk/sanet.htm

good luck

-- Above all, it is a matter of loving art, not understanding it. (Fernand Leger)

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posted 08-30-2010 11:44 PM

Thanks for the tip rdlaurance.

-- TL. Roswell "The only thing that works in an old house is the man who lives there."

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posted 09-16-2010 07:08 PM

Wow that was one big area to cover Roz.Congratulations on a really nice job it looks great.I love the way you put the circle in middle.

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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posted 09-17-2010 04:32 PM

Thanks, we hope to intertain in this new outdoor space this fall.

-- TL. Roswell "The only thing that works in an old house is the man who lives there."

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posted 06-25-2011 05:04 PM

That does look great! I love stone and brick patios and walks.

-- Janice

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posted 03-20-2017 01:31 PM

That is an excellent job! Looks pretty even and should last for years. To remove the thin layer of mortar you may want to consider a Scotchbrite scuff pad. Here are a few patios in Colorado Springs that we’ve done!

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