For the last few weeks, my family and I have been quite literally breaking our backs for what might be my best “thrifty” find of all time. FREE SCHOOLHOUSE BRICK and it is absolutely stunning! It is old and full of imperfect perfection and I love it.
Although it was free, it definitely came with a “price.” We have been painstakingly cleaning mortar from each brick before stacking, one by one, onto pallets ourselves. After we stacked each brick onto the pallets, we had to wrap each pallet to prepare it for transport. And let me tell you, scheduling transport for this many brick was a feat all on its own. We ended up with 18 pallets of schoolhouse brick which weighed 2,500 pounds! I cannot believe we stacked 2,500 pounds of brick (but my back sure does).
This brick was once a part of an old schoolhouse building. The main part of the school is still standing and is now a fully operating church. But, if the thought of free 80+ year old brick isn’t exciting enough, let me tell you why this is SO absolutely thrilling. You see, this brick out building was my elementary school. I found my love of art in the very building these bricks helped create. I sat right inside these now torn down brick walls. This is where my creativity blossomed. I remember so vividly the classes I took within these walls and my Art teacher, Mrs. West, who so lovingly poured into me. Now here I am, almost 30 years later, salvaging it to build a home with. Isn’t this just an incredible full circle moment?
It’s going to be transported to one of our favorite places Beaufort to be used on our home there! It will soon be a beautiful foundation, walkway, fire places, fire pits and more. It couldn’t be a more perfect way to start our new “old” home there. Building materials are through the roof right now and I couldn’t be more thankful for this. Even though it was intense manual labor collecting and preparing the brick, it will be so worth it when we see it all come together. Would you have done this? Have I completely lost it? 🤪