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About halfway through the One Room Challenge last October Brett and I knew we wanted to lay down brick pavers for the entryway. We also knew it wasn’t going to happen in time for the challenge, but that it was going to be the next project to tackle.

If you’ve been hanging out with us on Instagram, you’ve already seen the finished project.

To say it turned out better than expected is an understatement. The brick floor really compliments the white built-ins and dark barn wood plank wall.

It’s been just over two months and I am happy to report that the pavers are still in place and we still love it. So what better way to celebrate than share a complete tutorial on how to lay interior brick pavers?

how to lay interior brick pavers

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How to Lay Interior Brick Pavers

1. Tear out the carpet.
2. Scrape off the glue remnants left over from the carpet – we used a heat gun which helped speed up the process a bit.

using a heat gun to prepare for laying interior brick tile

3. Walk around the area and looking for loose subfloor boards and any squeaky spots.

4. If you do find any, screw down the subfloor to the joist. Side note: it may be a good idea to do that anyways, even if the floor isn’t squeaky or loose.

5. Lay out a dry run of the backer board to make sure everything fits and cut the pieces to size.

cleaning the floor before laying interior brick tile

6. Pull it all back up, move it to the side. Sweep and clear the floors thoroughly. This is important – everything needs to be CLEAN.

7. Lay down the backer board and screw it to the subfloor.

putting backer board down for interior brick tile

8. Mud and tape the joints and let it completely dry. We put down three coats of mud between the joints.

9. Using a putty knife, scrape the excess mud to smooth the surface.

10. Clean floors thoroughly (again) and make sure nail heads are flush with floor.

11. Measure and lay out the brick for a dry run to avoid goofy sizing.

using mortar to lay interior brick tile

12. Mix the mortar and lay down the brick, using 3/8 inch spacers.

laying interior brick tile and placing spacers between tiles

13. Let dry for 24+ hours.

putting down grout when laying interior brick pavers

14. Mix together the the grout per the product’s directions. Working in sections, lay down the grout and wipe it off with wet sponge

interior brick flooring in the entryway

15. Let it dry (about 24 hours) and enjoy!

interior brick pavers in the entryway

A Few Side Notes

  • Buy the correct backer board screws appropriate for the type of backer board you purchase. We purchased the Allura brand and used the screws with the large heads. The store clerk recommended we get this type of screw, but only associated it with the Durock and WonderBoard brand. We assumed it would work fine for Allura, but eight broken drill bits will say otherwise.
  • Follow the backer board installation instructions because each brand is slightly different.
  • When laying down the bricks on the mortar, work in small sections so the mortar doesn’t dry up. We got a little ambitious and spread out a huge layer of mortar; some of it ended up being a little too dry and the brick didn’t stick.
  • For a more white-wash effect, don’t wipe away all of the grout. We went over it three times and then decided to leave it as-is because we liked the aged/whitewash effect.

How to Lay Interior Brick TIle
Overall, the process wasn’t THAT bad. Yes, it took all weekend and yes, it was time consuming. But compared to other projects we’ve done (popcorn ceilings, anyone?) this wasn’t too bad. It’s definitely something a first-timer could knock out.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a shout at contact@northcountrynest.com!

how to lay interior brick pavers in the entryway


All our best,


  1. Sabrina

    Wow the floor looks amazing, what a great transformation. Thanks for the detailed instructions and even more so for your tips. I know putting down tile can be a pain in the butt.

    • Kelly

      Thank you, Sabrina! We wouldn’t have been able to do this without you and your hubby’s help! 🙂 🙂

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  3. Jenny

    The bricks look amazing! Everything amazing takes time, but is always worth it in the end. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Jenny! And yes, all the good stuff takes awhile 🙂

  4. Nancy

    Do you have a link to the paver that you used in this project? Thanks!

    • North Country Nest

      Hi Nancy!
      They don’t have the link on the website anymore, unfortunately. We got them at our local home improvement store called Menards. They’re 1/2″ thick, 3″ x 7 3/4″ – I hope this helps!

  5. Belk

    This is awesome!!! Incredible work. Thank you for sharing this. Always great to work in small patches



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