For the Love of Herringbone

Last Thursday marked the start of the flooring reno at our little Lottery House. Here’s a quick reminder of what we started with.

The team from About Flooring swept in on Thursday morning and demolished the existing tile floor in less than 4 hours – a task that, by my calculation, would have taken me 120 hours to accomplish. Phew.

With the perpetually-dirty-looking white tile in the dumpster, the next task was installing the beautiful, deep gray porcelain tiles from Marazzi. After two days of painstaking tile laying, here’s what the kitchen was looking like.

I can say with certainty that we could NEVER have accomplished this on our own – at least not without a few fights, some tears on my part, and weeks of living in a mess.

The next step was grouting the floor with a plain, white grout, for a high-contrast finish that highlights the gorgeous, graphic pattern. I was definitely expecting the floors to look better post-grouting, but I wasn’t prepared for how much of a difference it made. I am IN LOVE!

The final part of perfecting the floors will be applying a sealer to all those grout lines, which is sure to be a time-consuming task. But it’s the only way to give these lovely white grout lines a chance at keeping their lily-white color.

In the meantime, we’ve also been working on the fireplace. ย After the installers from About Flooring laid the hearth with 12 x 12 carrera marble tiles, we were ready to add some beefed-up trim around the fireplace.

The old trim was a sad story – like a pair of chicken legs on Arnold’s upper body.

For now, the new trim is waiting for a little priming and installation of the tiles in the vertical space. Once everything’s installed and grouted, we’ll jazz up the fireplace with a little fancy trim and a crisp coat of white paint.

The other task Tony and I are busily working on is painting trim – 216 linear feet of trim, to be precise. In lieu of taping and painting once the trim is in place, we’re planning to have it all ready to roll post-wood installation. That will protect our new floors, and probably save a small fortune in painter’s tape. I hope.

We’re also on tap to remove all the existing trim from the living room, dining room, and front hallway next week – because we’re just over a week away from the next phase of flooring. That’s right, the grungy old carpet is getting the boot on the 22nd! And I, for one, cannot wait.

Are you a herringbone fan? What’s your favorite look for flooring?



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19 responses to “For the Love of Herringbone

  1. Suzie

    Omg Andrea!!!!! I want your floors!!!!!!! I love when a new post comes to my inbox, following you is fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lauren R.

    The floor looks AMAZING!!!

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  4. K

    What is the exact color/finish/size of that tile and what color grout did you use? I love it!

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  6. Beautiful! How are your floors holding up? Is the light grout difficult to keep clean?

    • Thank you! The light grout is holding up very well, in spite of heavy foot traffic from hounds & humans. We’ve even had a doggy accident and a red velvet cupcake that got smashed into the grout – you can’t see any evidence of either crime. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi nythyme. The floors are holding up well! The light grout has been no problem, thankfully – we even had a red velvet cupcake ground into the grout that came right out with a bit of scrubbing. Sealing is definitely important for light grout.

  7. That seriously is one of the nicest makeovers ever! I am so impressed with your vision .This is so amazing!Unbelievable!!

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  9. Jackie

    Hi! I’m having my contractor copy your floors for our mudroom and am loving your grout lines. Do you know the size spears they used? It looks bigger then the usual 1/8. Thanks so much! Love your house still after all these years

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  11. Melanie

    Where did you purchase the marazzi tile and what size is it?

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