Here's the best pic I could find of the before:
Our process was a long and drawn out one b/c rarely do we ever come to a decision quickly. We have to weigh out all our options and make sure the decision is right for us. I first fell in love with a cement tile by villa lagoon that was an awesome blue/teal graphic design. The tile can be found here. The tile itself was actually quite affordable and I loved that the cement texture would mimic the style of our original cement tiles. The tiles were also 8" just like the original ones. I called and spoke with the owners of the company who were very friendly and helpful people! But in the end the shipping on the tile (b/c they are so heavy) was what put it over the edge (aka out of our budget), and we decided that we could find something else we loved at a better price.
Here's a picture of that awesome tile:
|Surf tile in aqua by Villa Lagoon Tile|
We really considered the age and style of our house and landed on an all natural slate look. It's actually a charcoal honed slate that we picked up at Lowes (our favorite home improvement store!). We put our own personal spin on it by doing it in a fun pattern and adding a little "bling". We thought it would be fun to add some crushed glass pieces in a similar shade randomly so that it catches your eye and isn't too boring. We definitely want our fireplace to be the focal point of the room!
Here are the Afters:
And not to worry we removed the old cement tile as carefully as we could and saved them.
Anyway, I hope you all like it. I am really loving that the shape and material of the tile really give a nod to our Craftsman-style bungalow. I love honoring and being inspired by our homes architectural details! What do you think?! Have you all taken on any small but permanent projects in your home lately?