Wood Look Tile Floors
Now that the holidays are over, and the mad scramble has died down to a meandering pace, I finally have time to show you some progress. The wood look tile floors are looking Fab-U-lous!
The last time I posted about it, things were looking pretty messy.
The floor part of the project was supposed to take one week. Yeah, that wasn’t even close to an accurate estimate. It ended up taking four weeks to finish the tile. We replaced almost 1500 square feet of tile with tile that looks like wood. I bought it months ago at Home Depot, and I have to tell you that I LOVE it. It was a special order because our local Home Depot didn’t carry this particular color (they do offer other colors at the store), but it was delivered right into our garage in about 10 days.
Because the tiles all measure 6 inches by 24 inches, I thought that putting in the regular running board pattern would make it look too choppy. So, we went with a herringbone pattern. While it took a lot longer to install, and cost a lot more money to have it put in this way, I wouldn’t change it for anything. They didn’t use spacers, so it looks more like real wood. People that come to the house don’t believe me when I tell them it’s tile until they bend down to touch it for themselves.
We hit a few bumps in the road with the original tile guy, but in the end, we were happy with the job the new tile guy did on the floors. It was definitely a project that we couldn’t have taken on ourselves. Well, we could have, but I’m pretty sure we’d still be laying the tile. LOL!
The new tile makes the house feel cozier and more traditional – a definite improvement over the dated cream tiles that were here before. The new tiles don’t have a high gloss on them, they are more of a matte finish, which helps to keep them looking more like real wood. The added bonus to having these floors is that they have the slightest bit of texture to them, which helps our aging dogs get some traction as they run around the house. There were days that our big guy, Brownie, looked like a baby deer on ice as he ran to the front door on the old tile.
I am still trying to put the house back together. We basically had to pack up the house and move everything into the guest room and back porch, so putting it all back has been almost like moving into a new house. It’s given me the chance to change where the furniture was placed, get rid of a lot of dust collecting knick knacks and re-think where artwork/pictures should be hung. While all of the furniture is back inside, the guest room still has a ton of stuff left in it. There will be many trips to Faith Farm in my future to donate all the “extra” pieces that were cluttering up our space. I have to get it done by this weekend when my mother-in-law comes to stay! Although it’s been a ton of work, it feels great to pare down and clean up.
It feels odd to share pictures of the house when it’s not “done”, but if I waited until I was finished, I’d never post! Posts will follow soon for the kitchen and bathroom updates.
Thanks for coming back and stopping by – I know it’s been a while. This renovation has been a lot more than we bargained for. We are still crossing projects off the list. For instance, today, the ceilings are being painted white. The kitchen cabinets are being painted next week (they were wayyyy too pink). And we ordered a new sectional which won’t be delivered until the second week in February. Things are moving along, just at a snails pace.