Babs Just A Babblin' Blog

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Our Work is Cut Out!

My husband worked at a factory in town for over 40 years.  The company closed last year and subsequently they tore the building down.  The factory had been there since the early 1900's.  The only thing that remains is cement slabs a few blocks square and piles upon piles of brick. 

Yesterday Richie came home with a few bricks and asked me if I wanted to chip mortar off the bricks and make a walkway and patio that I had suggested over the years.  We chipped away at a few and it wasn't that difficult.  Thus, we hopped in his truck and loaded up about 150 of those babies. 

What I like about them is they are old, old bricks.  Nice many different shades of color...yellows, gray, white and some with a hint of red.  They aren't perfect...rather "chippy".  Very vintage in appearance.

We unloaded the first batch, chipped some mortar and wheeled them to the back yard.
Aren't they great looking?
I have dreams of getting a lot of them.  I want a lot of area covered!
A large area I would say, but won't it look great!  Probably only ten more trips for bricks!  Hey, the price is right.....FREE~ !  Well, my husband's labor is worth the weight of the bricks~

This might give you an idea how we will be spending our 4th of July.  Site preparation, chipping mortar and hauling brick.

Enjoy whatever today brings!


  1. Hi Barb, Looks like alot of hard work, but will be so worth the effort. Take it easy in this heat...or is just hot on my side of Lake Michigan? Love, Penny

  2. Oh my, oh my!

    It will look fabulous and vintage indeed!

  3. What a cool way to repurpose part of your husband's history! Love the posts, Barb.