Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Dust Has Settled!

Since arriving On Crooked Creektt 13 years ago,
"Mr. Ed" and I have changed nearly e v e r y t h i n g 
in this 1970's Ranch Style House!

Our most recent project was replacing the original to the home's
dark marbled "tiger~eye" hued ceramic tile 
that had been inlaid with black grout.



Not only does this make our Entry Hall even darker than it already is. . .
several of the tiles had broken and the grout was continually coming out!







At one point, 
I even purchased an inexpensive throw rug to hide the tile
and lighten the Entry Hall. 



Having $aved a bit of money this past year,
when "Mr. Ed" asked how I wanted to use the extra ca$h,
I didn't hesitate one bit. . .new tile for the Entry Hall!!!


So~o~o. . .
off to our local Lowe's Home Improvement Store we went!



I knew these smaller 6 inch ceramic tiles with mosaic tile inserts 
would be perfect placed on a diagonal in the small 4' X 5' space.
The glass mosaic tiles would reflect the light within the space
and give much needed illumination to our dark Entry Hall.

H o w e v e r,
no more than did we begin with this project
than the unforeseeable events begin to take place.

While the Roman Stone Noce (Made in Italy) 6 inch tiles were perfect ,
the glass mosaic tile inserts are not approved for floor installation.

So~o~o. . .
after two calls from the Installation Officer at Lowe's,
and upon her suggestion,
"Mr. Ed" and I found a suitable replacement for the glass mosaic.

And so~o~o, 
the demolition begins. . .






first,
the necessary boarding is put down. . .





then,
for proper positioning the pattern is laid into place. . .




finally,
the adhesive is administered and the actually tiling begins!




Half way there. . .



and that's a wrap for Day #1!


The installers highly recommended allowing the tiles to "set"
overnight and returned the next day to fill in with the grout.

Note to self. . .
never, never, never give approval of the finished job 
while the black tarps are still atop the carpeting!!!







The next morning,
I placed a call to the Installation officer at Lowe's.
I simply stated the problem and told her this work was unacceptable.

The Installation Office made a visit to our home
and completely agreed with us that this was not acceptable workmanship.


So~o~o. . .
what began on June 30th has now been corrected. . . 








with satisfactory results. . .#7 weeks later!





With patience and perseverance. . .
there's a lighter, brighter and more cohesive appearance 
to On Crooked Creektt's Entry Hall!





"Mr. Ed" and I had hoped to have already replaced 
the "PoPcorn" hued walls with Sherwin~Williams Sand Beach.
That is our next project in finalizing this Entry Hall makeover.



At the present, we are waiting to seal the grout.
Once that has been done, we will proceed with paint!

Ah~h~h. . .the joys of home ownership!!!


Until next time. . .

6 comments:

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What on earth did they do to the edge of the carpet? By the way I like the carpet.

Glad you got it all done, looks wonderful. You have moved into this century now! Always feels so good to get things like that done.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What a beautiful difference the new tile makes! Wouldn't it have been nice if they had done it right the first time? You new paint will be the frosting on the cake.

Martha said...

I like the new tiles. They do lighten the space and make it seem more 2014 than the older tiles. You were a brave woman to live with the old tile all those years!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

It looks great Pat! I can't imagine why this has dragged on for so long- I'd think twice about using their services again. The tiles were a perfect choice and I like how light and bright it looks now! The new paint will make this whole entry feel brand new!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

What a difference! It looks SO pretty. I love your tile choice. I am hoping we start painting inside in the Fall. Hopefully:)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Pat, the new tiles are so pretty! What a beautiful transformation. Don't you hate when you get to the finish line and notice shoddy workmanship? At least they were willing to make the effort to correct it. Hope the rest of the process goes smoothly!