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How to Lay a Brick Pathway

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The post How to Lay a Brick Pathway is sponsored by Duraflame® but all opinions are my own.

Do you have one specific area of your home that is a constant battle?

One place you feel like no matter what you do you’re on the losing end?

Is it indoors or out?

Obviously since we’ve just taken down a wall in our house and gutted the kitchen (read how to save thousands of dollars here) I should answer indoors but surprisingly that’s not it.

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret.

I’m not much of an outdoorsy person. I have seasonal allergies. Bad.

When I was in elementary and junior high I walked to school. (Yes, even in the snow! Nah, not really. In North Carolina we cancel school at the first snowflake.) 

My allergies were so bad I’d stuff a couple kleenexes between my eyes and glasses so I wouldn’t scratch them to pieces. (Yes, I was good ol’ four eyes to my classmates. Such sweet memories ~eye roll~)

I got out of a lot of yard work in the spring as a kid because it was just a miserable time of year for me.

Luckily I married a man who enjoys taking care of our yard and plants. Typical man, he loves the mower and blower and all things that roar and sound manly!

Me? I usually take care of the flowers and decorate our front outdoor room (otherwise known as a deck!)

So what area of our home do we battle most? Our backyard.

A couple of lawn chairs sitting on top of a building

We have two dogs named Carson and Holly whose job is to destroy every semblance of grass in said backyard.

They also have a cousin named Lexi who comes to play when I babysit my grandson Aiden every Thursday. Lexi thinks it’s HER job to rile Carson up so bad they need baths by the end of the day.

Our backyard is not a pretty sight, y’all.

This spring my diligent hubby tilled and worked the soil, planted grass seed and laid out straw so we could have a green backyard.

On a side note, MY BABIES ARE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL THIS YEAR!

Can you hear the shouts of hallelujah and feel the tears in that sentence?

We’re gonna be celebrating in the backyard desert that is our nemesis to all things pretty.

Why do we LOVE this area so much!

My creative DIY hubby built us a fire pit in the middle of the backyard when we took down the above ground pool as our kids got older. 

Brick and Area

Of course, it couldn’t be JUST a fire pit. There had to be a sitting area and a walkway leading from the deck. 

And it had to be done on the cheap because that’s how we roll around here!

Since we’re sprucing things up I thought I’d share this unique DIY project that never made it on the blog.

This was also the first month I’ve been able to use the Duraflame firelogs in our fire pit and recently we had the perfect opportunity. Our youngest daughter turned 19 and had a couple of friends over to hang out and celebrate.

A pizza sitting on top of an oven

Duraflame Campfire Roasting Logs are perfect for cooking and roasting (always keep marshmallows on hand!) We’re not a camping family but these would be perfect for family bonding in the woods! They’re available in a 4-piece bundle (5lb) for one campfire or a case of 6 bundles for 4-6 campfires. 

Seriously, these logs couldn’t be easier to light and not worry about when you’re entertaining guests. They do the work so you don’t have to! 

As you can tell, our dog Carson, otherwise known as “grass killer,” enjoyed the fire as well!

A dog sitting on a bench

Y’all. That grass. Four years ago. Not now. #jealousofmyowngrass

A couple of lawn chairs sitting on top of a grass covered field

Here’s my DIY hubby with all the details on how to lay a brick pathway (or better titled, “How to Avoid The Poo!”)

How to Lay a Brick Pathway

Tim: One of the most enjoyable things about a DIY project for me is to go from Point A to Point C without using everyone else’s Point B! This particular project is a classic example of not bailing and going to the box store for something you know you can earn with a little sweat.

Our path started out as a cute little idea that was supposed to be based on “Avoid The Poo – Use The Path!” With dogs all over our backyard, little gifts were everywhere…and often not so little. When we changed our featured area from an above ground pool to a fire pit, a path became critical.

A group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a wooden fence

But, alas, we were determined to do this on the cheap using any and everything we had sitting around. The first concept, above, just did not cut it. I was looking for something less bulky and easier to level. The answer came in the form of BASHING BRICKS!

Yes, of course you can go to the box store and buy bags and bags of previously crunched brick (chips I think they’re called), but where’s the DIY joy in that? We are pioneers! Pace-setters! Rebels with the smallest cause!

So, we made our own chips! I had a pile of unusable ones, so my son and I grabbed sledge hammers and banged away in the driveway…for…hours.

A group of people around a table

(Marty: You can tell this was a few years ago because the kid in the pic below? He’s graduating high school in two months!)

We made big chips and little chips and chip dust that was useless.  But, by golly, we filled that path with some of the most, uh, memorable brick chips on the planet.

A pile of rocks

I’m proud to say that, after completing the bashing (and nursing some callouses and crunched knuckles) that our chips looked every bit as good as the bagged ones!

And with a design change and the unavoidable acquisition of a few pavers and landscaping timbers, our poo-less pathway came to life!

Brick and Area

We enjoyed every step along this path, knowing that each chip was created by hand and hammer.

A piece of grass

I stained the timbers and as a final step, added some foliage and the rest is history.

A yard with grass and dirt

Except to acknowledge that I will NEVER make brick chips again!

Marty: My hubby’s a funny guy, isn’t he? He’s handy to have around and the yin to my yang in our DIY projects. He’s not always thrilled with my hare-brained ideas but he’s usually game to give them a shot. (Ok, taking down a wall took a bit more persuasion!)

You can see our pitiful grass situation today with our grandson in the pic below. But new grass is coming up and we’re hopeful it will be here in time for a graduation party in a few weeks!

A little boy that is standing in the grass

What is YOUR problem area in your home? I’d love to know!

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5 Comments

  1. Nice brick pathway!! I need to finish my inside before I can go outside. My biggest headache is our very narrow front door entry way, which is like a tiny 5 foot long hallway with no storage.

    1. Hi, Erin. I understand about finishing inside first! It just never ends for sure! We just finished a mud room wall as part of our kitchen/living makeover that I’ll be showcasing soon. We don’t have a hall or anything and now it’s all open space so this was a challenge! Good luck!

  2. I love the look that brick helps give a landscape and am wanting to know more about how we could use it in our place. It’s good to know that when it comes to laying a path that there are different things that we should keep in mind to having it done correctly. I like the idea you gave of crushing up the brick to put around it to help give it that classic red look that bricks have with them.

  3. This turned out SO cute and simple I can’t wait to get started for my spring project. This will definitely impress the neighbors

  4. Your method seems very simple and straight forward, I appreciate the pictures you provided! Great work

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