We moved, after 26 years of living in a church owned parsonage, into out own home last fall. It was quite a change for us, one of them being that we can do with this house whatever we wanted! And I was, and still am, anxious to make many remodeling changes to this house. This house was built in the late 1800s-it is very well built, and has been well loved and cared for, but it is very dated. Think lots of dark wood paneling-it has to go! Where to start? Well, we started with the bedroom, because we needed a place to sleep but that is a post for another day. We soon found out how long remodeling projects take, when you are doing most of the labor yourself and with volunteers (My poor children just groan when ever they hear me say-‘You know what I’d like to do with this house?” They know that they will likely be recruited to ‘help’!) I was foolishly thinking that the living room would be done by last Christmas, for all the family to be here, but after the bedroom remodel, and how long that took, I am setting my sights on this coming Christmas! It still has not been started-we have 6 months yet-will the living room be done by then?! We will see!
The entry way tile was really the 2nd. project, but here it is. I couldn’t find the photos of the finished project, so this will have to do.
But, back to Christmas….Whenever my children ask me what I want for a gift, I reply that I would rather have them help me or do something for me rather than be given a gift. And when you don’t have much money for a gift, labor is a good substitute! Son Gabriel, gave me the Christmas gift of the labor of new entry way tile.
Now, our entry/front door is at the front of our house, but is rarely used. The front of our house faces the street where our address is, but no vehicle traffic is allowed on this street. It has been turned from the railroad bed (I am still a mite confused about the railway and the road-did they share the same space?!) into a walking/biking trail. As a result, this door is little used, but I still wanted tile where you step into the house.
This entry way area was a front porch that had been enclosed and is now the sun room/sewing room. ( I am loving this room as my sewing area, lots of bright light from the big windows and lots to watch on the trail. Will share photos later.)
There was carpet-part of the carpet was removed, and the tile laid.
This photo shows all of the tender plants that need over wintered-I am always so glad to have then go back outside where they belong! They are space hogs and I can barely keep them alive till the next spring. The boards leaned against the window are the trim boards placed to block anyone from walking on the tile till it was done.
I am loving my new tile entry way. Thank you Gabe! What a lovely Christmas gift!
The mind of man plans his way,
but the Lord directs his steps.