Bad attempt at making the title of this post catchy, I know.
A longggg time ago, I had shared that one of the first inspiration pictures I had for our living room was this tiled entry. I liked how it made a small space feel special and personalized, and I really felt that it would look right in our 1919 home.
I know that this post is way overdue and that I last updated you on this project months ago. So I’m going to just cut to the chase and show you a bunch of photos. I know that half of you just scroll through the photos anyway. Don’t lie. We all do it.
A few tips I’ll pass on in case any of you want to attempt this kind of project yourselves:
- We ordered black and white hex tile in a matte finish. I love that the finish looks more authentic, but it’s going to be a pain to clean, I know. I just have to be diligent about it. Had we ordered the glossy finish tile, it undoubtedly would have been much easier to take care of, but I think it would have reminded me of a bathroom as opposed to a brownstone.
- Google “hex pattern” and print out a blank template for what hex tiles look like, and use this to sketch out the house numbers or any other design you want to add. It makes a difference if you lay the tile with the flat sides going vertical or horizontal, so don’t make the mistake of skipping this step.
- Cut out your design and lay it in your base color, and then tape all of the tiles together using medical tape (it’s stronger than painters tape). This way, you can make sure your spacing is even and you can lay the tile in sheets as opposed to tile by tile.
- SEAL YOUR GROUT! This is especially important in an entryway that is going to get dirty.
All in all, we’re quite happy with how everything turned out. I think the best compliment I could have gotten was when the man who was installing the carpet in our nursery (spoiler alert!) walked in and said, “was this original to the house?!”