Thursday, April 3, 2014

Project Entry | Where we're at

Since we have just over a week in Maryland before we head to Tennessee .. we're trying to make a lot of progress on our house. We've been in non-stop project mode, but I wanted to stop in quickly to share what we've been up to!

First, it's kinda surreal to be starting on our first house project - definitely something that we've dreamed about for a while! When we were just in a rental, I remember walking past the tile section and wishing that we could be doing that ..

I'll be doing more detailed posts later on our process and what we've learned, but for now here's a few pics. I've got to get back to work!

The standard builder grade looking tile has been removed. David's Dad had a hammer drill that we could borrow - love living close enough to borrow tools!

We got an attachment for the angle grinder that easily leveled the extra thin set.

We removed the excess beams from the old closet .. this is NOT structural :) These were oak vs. pine (like the rest of the house) and added after the house was built. They were only held up with a few nails and came out in about a minute. We even found the original floor underneath (greenish black vinyl tile) It is so much more open now - lets that gorgeous ceiling shine!

Annabelle enjoyed some time on the deck while we worked. Squirrel heaven here.

Last night (actually early this morning) we finished installing the backer board. Now we're ready for PAINT and to install the new tile! Here's a pic from when we were cutting it to fit.

Things are taking a little longer than we thought, but I guess that's to be expected since this is our first time installing tile. We hope to make lots of progress before the end of the week!

I'll be posting images as we go on instagram with the hashtag #projectentry, if you'd like to follow along!


  1. Exciting! Tiling takes precisely ONE MILLION times longer than you expect, IME :)

  2. So exciting!! I can't wait to see what you're replacing it with!

  3. Amazing progress! You guys make a great team! Can't wait to see more!!

  4. That looks tiring! BTW is your dog a Jack Russell? She looks just like my (squirrel obsessed) Bailey :)

  5. You guys are fast and efficient! Feel free to come over ;)

  6. Great start!! I feel like such an old lady saying this, but this totally takes me back! When Scott and I bought our first house (the one we just moved from) we went diving into tiling and wainscoting and painting and just threw every spare second into the projects. I can remember coming home from work and painting kitchen cabinet doors on the floor after it was dark out. And now that was like SEVEN years ago. And I have two little girls and it takes me a month to finish a project and I've had paint swatches painted on the walls for weeks and weeks :)

  7. Wow you guys have been busy! I hear you are only about 10 minutes from Cassie so I look forward to meeting you in person soon!

  8. I love that you two work so well together and get right down to business! Good luck on a week full of progress!

  9. Can you please share more about the attachment for the angle grinder? We just busted the tile out of our entry way, but aren't sure how to take the thinset.

    1. Hi Erin! We used this: RIDGID 4 in. Double Row Diamond Cup Wheel, attachment for our angle grinder. A larger (maybe 6" or 7") with a vacuum shroud (it is messy) would have been better, but this worked great!


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