We were digging up our back yard a couple of weeks ago to begin laying a foundation for our new home addition when my husband hit the motherload — a never-ending pile of vintage bricks. Now we have a pile of old bricks in our yard. So, I’ve been searching the web for ideas of ways to repurpose old bricks.
When we found the hole full of bricks in our yard, we were pretty puzzled. What could this pile of bricks be for? Where did they come from? Why were they buried under a foot of soil?
After talking with some of our neighbors, we found out that each of the older homes on our street once had a cistern behind the house. These cisterns were used to catch and store rainwater, similar to a well, though not as deep. There really wasn’t any guidelines for filling in these holes after modern storm drainage systems were installed in city limits, so most residents just used what they had on hand to fill the hole. Our previous homeowners used bricks. Tons of bricks.
While the pile of bricks in my backyard isn’t very pretty right now, the ideas I found for the bricks are so inspiring. Check out these 12 ideas for ways to repurpose old bricks:
This beautiful flooring from Beneath My Heart is a great way to repurpose old bricks to bring a vintage, farmhouse feel to a new mudroom. Plus, it’s durable and easy to clean!
Raised Garden Bed
I love this idea for vintage brick raised beds from the Vegetable Gardener. It’s a unique and visually interesting way to lay out your vegetable or herb garden.
Brick stairs leading to the your home’s entry is a striking way to repurpose old bricks. This exterior entryway from Don Gardner Architects is a beautiful use of vintage bricks.
Several of the bricks we found have holes in them, making them the perfect succulent receptacle. These cute planters from Ana Mum Diary are a great way to enhance your plant display with vintage bricks.
Using vintage bricks to create a garden pathway, like this one from Garden Photos, is a great way to add visual appeal to your garden. And it keeps the weeds at bay!
This DIY fire pit from Grace and Josie looks like a simple way to repurpose old bricks and enhance your outdoor entertaining space.
Vintage bricks can add some farmhouse flair to your home’s exterior when used in a walkway like this one from Home Bunch.
Adding vintage brick edging to your flower bed is a great way to enhance your garden and add some curb appeal to your home’s exterior. I love this wide edging from Garden Living. What a great way to repurpose old bricks!
This is another wonderfully simple idea for vintage bricks with holes in them. I love how Woo Home used tea lights to add a farmhouse ambiance to their tablescape.
Give your yard’s wildlife a place to rest and repurpose old bricks at the same time. This easy-to-build DIY birdbath from Robins Nesting Place is a great use of vintage bricks.
Add some visual appeal to your yard with this unique brick pathway from Home Talk.
Or get creative with your vintage bricks by painting names of herbs, vegetables, or flowers on them for your garden. These herb markers from Simple Details will add some vintage brick detail to your garden — and they’re practical too!