The tile is in at the kitchen renovation! We are using a tile that has the look of a weathered wood. The variation between the pieces and within each piece is gorgeous! This tile is grayish-brown, which will go well with the proposed gray cabinets and the bronze hardware and fixtures that we are selecting for this space!
This tile was a labor of love! There was about 2" of mud set beneath the old tile! We needed to break all of the old mud set out and remove all of the reinforcing wire mesh out to do proper prep. and to be able to level the floors. That thick mud set did not come out easily - thankfully we have a great floor laying team!! This kitchen looked like a mine full of rubble when the mud set was completely broken up to remove.
The home is almost 100 years old, but is in great shape for the age. However, when you tile in a home this age, you can count on needing to level the floors! These rectangular tiles require a flatter floor than you may need for smaller / shorter tiles. Though floors may look level to the eye, they need to be as close as possible to perfectly level when you are using longer tiles to ensure the tiles adhere properly and there is no differential from tile to tile. In this case we used wood shims that we cut on site to modify the tops of the floor joists to provide a flat level surface from joist to joist to place the plywood on top of.
This tile is just so cool looking...We can't get enough of it and even the animals approve!
We are planning to use a lot of light color elements to provide a bright and inviting space (wall color, upper cabinets, tile color, etc.). The things that will ground these lighter elements will be the countertops and the base cabinets. We decided to go with oak butcher block wood countertops. We could not find a countertop that was just the right color, so we decided to stain the countertops to exactly the color we wanted. We went with a dark-blackish-grey stain to tie-in with the other grey elements that were selected. The photo above is with two coats of stain. We are going to add a third coat to make it darker. We are going with a satin (flatter) sheen for a modern touch and truer wood look. Also the flatter sheen will hide wear and tear better than a glossier finish.
Look at his cool design element we discovered! I can't tell you how many homes we've seen with radiant heat where there is a large register in the kitchen. It's important to have a register or vent in the kitchen to provide adequate heat, but in kitchens every square foot counts as there are so many things to store and work spaces. Many times the radiant heat register takes up an entire base or utility cabinet or creates a dead space in the kitchen where you can't have valuable counter space or cabinets. In this kitchen, there was a 36" wide base cabinet that was dedicated to housing the register before our remodel. We researched and found an option to install a radiant register that fits in the toe kick of the of cabinet. This register fits under a bank of drawers and does not use any of the cabinet box space. It fits under the cabinet and yet it is an awesome heat source!
Well that's it for now. Can't wait to share photos of the beautiful cabinets and countertops that are going in!