Concrete Tile



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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing concrete tile pop up everywhere these days. If you watch HGTV, then you probably know what I mean. I know Joanna Gaines has used them a few times on Fixer Upper, and I love her even more for it.

Concrete tiles are nothing new, but they seem to have gained a lot of popularity lately and I can definitely see why. They are very versitle. They can be used inside or outside, as flooring, on walls, fireplace facades, exterior facades, backsplashes, in showers, on patios, etc. Concrete tiles are durable, long-lasting, can handle heavy foot traffic, and if sealed right, can resist stains and moisture. My favorite thing about them is that they are budget-friendly and come in so many different colors and pattern variations. The possibilities are endless. Here is a round-up of my fave tiles I’ve seen so far.

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually sad we don’t have a big tile project to tackle….although, our shower needs to be remodeled one of these days so maybe I can use some of these concrete tiles in it!


Update: Kitchen

We’ve been living with the ‘new’ kitchen for a while now and we’ve really been enjoying it. It’s finally starting to feel like home and things seem to be in their permanent home and not in constant flux. At first I wasn’t sure about the kitchen also serving as the dining room, but it’s turning out to be quite nice. We had a formal dining room in the old house and I think we used maybe three times. Now we actually find ourselves eating at the table instead of the living room which is a lot more convenient with a baby. It’s so easy to just slide Hollis’ high chair over to the table and eat as a family.

I’ve been painstakingly painting the trim throughout the kitchen, bathroom, entry way, and laundry room. I hate it. Painting trim is at the top of the list of things I loath, but more on that later. I’ve got the trim in the kitchen finished so I thought I would post some updated kitchen pics while things were fairly tidy in here. I also got the window treatments hung back up.  I like how they help tie in our dark wood furniture and they are good at blocking out the sunlight on hot days.

Here’s a look at the kitchen when I last posted about it…

186185And here’s how it looks today. Not a huge difference, but it feels a little more finished.

IMG_0505IMG_0509IMG_0515IMG_0517^I’m also really liking our ‘island’, which is just the Varde drawer cabinet from Ikea. We bought it for the kitchen in our last house because we were lacking in cabinet and counter space. It made me a little sad that I might not have a use for it in this kitchen since we have plenty of storage and workspace. We decided to try it as an island since the space between the stove and sink is so large. It’s been so handy, I actually use it every day.

IMG_0506^I wanted to take these top cabinets down and add some floating shelves. But in order to do that, I will have to replace the backsplash since the tiles go up around the cabinet. I’m not confident enough with my tiling removing skills to get the tiles off without breaking all of them. So until we are ready to replace the backsplash around the entire kitchen, I’m just going to live with the cabinet. My compromise was to make it an open cabinet for storing some of my dishware that is in heavy rotation. It’s nice to have easy access to them while I’m cooking.

And just for fun, here is a look side-by-side look at how things have changed since we moved in…

beforeandaftersinkbeforeandafterstoveBack to painting I go…

Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?…

Knock. Knock.

That little gem is my inner first grade comedian coming out. You’re welcome.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the laundry room lately…Not actually doing much laundry though. Normally I avoid the laundry room for as long as possible. I think I’ve mentioned before that this is the first real laundry room I’ve had, so I really want to make all of my laundry dreams come true and make it awesome. I’m claiming it as MY room. (not that anyone was fighting me for that title) I figure it’s the only room I will ever get to myself since no one else wants to hang out in there, and if they do, I will be sure to put them to work. I need it to be a place I actually want to spend some time in. Even if it’s just to close the door and scream into a pile of dirty laundry….because that happens some days.

When we moved in, our laundry room was looking a little sad, and a lot dirty. Definitely not a place I would want to hang out for too long. My shiny new washer and dryer looked so out-of-place in there.


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Don’t get me wrong, it was still a giant step-up from our last confessional booth laundry room. And and a giant-er (that’s a word) step-up from our last washing machine. I so wanted to do this to it.







The first necessary change was pulling out the carpet and laying tile which you can read about here. We are really loving the tile, especially how much easier it is to keep clean in the entry/laundry/kitchen and bathroom.




I knew I wanted a bright, cheery color. It’s a small room, but not tiny and it gets good natural light thanks to a small window, so I knew it could handle a bold color. I had leftover orange paint from our last house, we used it in the office before it became the nursery. I liked it then, but with the wood floors in the room, it just never really worked for me. The glossy wood floors would really reflect the wall color and bounce light around, it just was too much going on. But here, with our new matte gray tile, I thought I would try it again. If I end up hating it, I can always paint over it.

The first coat was not looking promising. I used Sherwin-Williams Exciting Orange. I use Sherwin-Williams paint a lot and have had very few issues with it but, for some reason this color is super watery. I remember it being runny when I used it at the last house too. So instead of my usual two-coat application, this was more of a four coat (five in some places) application.  You can see in this pic below, the right side is one coat and the left side is two coats. Luckily it’s a small room and I still got it painted pretty fast.


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This brown wall is what took five coats…..I hated this wall.


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So…four to five coats later,  I was left with a cheery, peachy orange. I just love gray and orange together, it’s one of my favorite color combos. It feels really fresh and modern and gets me in the mood to fluff and fold, well, as much as one can be in the mood for that.


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And here’s the mostly finished product. I figured I better snap some pics before the laundry roles in. It’s just so happy and clean…it will never be this clean again…EVER. The trim also got painted a nice bright white, I don’t regret that decision at all, it really needed it.










I’ve been living with my new room for a couple of weeks now, and I’m loving it.  It’s the only room that I’m not constantly picking things up in, it just stays nice and clean. All it needs now is a wine fridge, a chaise lounge, and a pile of my fave design mags and I would be “doing laundry” ALL the time!

You Know That Saved By the Bell Episode…

tumblr_mkiivoW7ke1r0qrbeo1_400Where Jesse is SO excited and hopped up on caffeine pills?! Well that was me, minus the pill part, when we ripped out the carpet in the entry way, laundry room, bathroom, and kitchen!! I might have even done the running man and moon walked around a couple of times…just a couple though. It immediately felt cleaner…and smelled better. Putting carpet in a bathroom, around a toilet, is just the worst idea EVER.

We hired a neighbor of ours to do the job. Neither Brian or myself have really ever done any tiling, and we didn’t want a job this big (about 480 sq. ft.) to be our first experience with it. If we just had the bathroom or entry way to do, we may have attempted to do it ourselves. Also, it’s a really old house and the walls are not all perfectly straight. We learned that one wall in the kitchen is off about 3 inches, so we were glad we hired someone with a lot of experience to tackle the job.

So here is a bunch of before and after pictures of the rooms that got new tile. Basically the whole front of the house that was added on had the carpet replaced. The tile looks a little brown in these pics, but it’s really a taupe-y gray color. We used the same tile throughout to give it a nice cohesive look. You can see in some the pics that I’m in the process of painting the trim bright white. I loath painting trim, but somebody’s got to do it.


097photo 4-001190photo 5-001180160177186185I’ve got big plans for the entry way and bathroom, I can’t wait to dive into them, but I’m trying to pace myself! I still have some work to finish up in the kitchen. That trim is not going to paint itself after all, as much as I really, really wish it would…like REALLY.