In April we started this pantry and we finally found time in June to get back to it. This shows the inside walls which used to be a small shower stall in the downstairs bathroom. We closed it up from the bathroom side and opened it up to the hallway side.
Here is a photo of our first efforts at laying ceramic tile. We wanted to experiment in a low visibility area so the pantry floor was perfect. Here you can see the spacers between the tiles.
It turned out great! Now on to the mudroom floor...
I have always hated the ceramic tile on my kitchen floor. We were waiting to clean the grout until all the dusty dirty renovating jobs were completed. The day finally arrived when I no longer could find an excuse to put it off. So down on my hands and knees I went, windows wide open on a breezy day with John Denver and Celine Dion cranked all the way up on continual play. I scrubbed the grout and tile with a small brush. This is the before photo.
This is the after photo. The change was astounding. I felt like, and was actually asked by a neighbor if I had, I had a new floor. It was beautiful! And I fell in love with it for the first time in 7 years. It was 3 days of scrubbing but it was worth it!
Here is the finished product. Three coats of poly yesterday, ending at 11:30pm. I was probably high from the fumes...slept great.
Now on to baseboards and crown moulding.
In the 6 years we have lived in this house we have made the following improvements: electrical updates, plumbing updated except what is visible in the basement, 3 new ceilings, bathroom redo and painting in 6 rooms. And now, hardwood floors on the main level.
Projects left to complete: baseboards and crown moulding, construct pantry and main level bathroom redo. Then we will head upstairs to the bedrooms and see what there is to do.
I grew up and have lived in Iowa until recently when I moved to a small town in Illinois to begin a new chapter in my life which includes a loving supportive husband and numerous grandchildren to spoil. I have three beautiful daughters and a Miniature Schnauzer. I'm interested in anything that supports healthy families and healthy lifestyles.
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