We’re into week 3 of 6 in our One Room Challenge which means we’re right at the half way mark. Aaaaannd as I write that I’m starting to feel the pressure. Last week was a bit anti-climactic with all of the researching, material sourcing & shopping but this week we really got to work.
This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving and there’s nothing like a long weekend to give you that extra boost of progress. We managed to knock 2 more items off our to-do list this week…
Prep the subfloor
We swept, vacuumed, & gave our subfloor a good overall cleaning, and then got all of the Ditra XL laid out. Putting down the Ditra was surprisingly easy. You literally just roll it out and cut to size with a utility knife.
We found the best way to do it is to dry fit everything first & then go back and set each piece to the subfloor in a layer of modified thinset using a 3/16″ v-notch trowel. When mixing the thinset, you want to aim for a consistency similar to peanut butter – soft, but thick enough for the notches from the trowel to stand up firmly. Then you roll the Ditra out using a wooden float to set the material into the thinset & to smooth out any air bubbles.
We’ve finally begun laying tiles!! Because the entryway of a home is where you get to make a first impression and since we weren’t dealing with a huge area to cover – like say in a kitchen, we decided to splurge a bit on a the tile here. We opted for a honed dark grey Basalt tile in a 12 x 24″size. Can I just say that I am completely in love with the finish on these tiles! They’re so smooth & luxurious feeling I can’t stop running my hands over them. I can just imagine how it’ll feel to have my bare feet on them on many mornings to come (and yes I’m aware of how weird that sounds but if you could feel these tiles you’d know exactly what I’m talking about). Laying tiles isn’t a difficult task as long as you remember 3 things:1 – Plan out your pattern beforehand. Measure the dimensions of your room to find the center point & plan your tile pattern from there. Kes put together this rendering for us to look at the various pattern options.
We decided on the horizontal brick pattern to help the hallway look less like a long corridor & more like an open room. When laying the tiles, make sure you start from the center point & work your way to the edges. It also helps to lay out the first row or two as a dry fit before you get started mixing your mortar.
2 – Leveling is key. There’s nothing that can ruin a tile job faster than tiles that don’t sit level to one another. Have you ever walked on a tiled floor and clipped your toe on a tile that stuck up from the edge of the tile next to it?? Yea…not fun. Taking the time to make sure you level your tiles properly will make all the difference. We opted for 1/2″ x 1/2″ square notch trowel. The wider notch allows for a bit more movement when levelling the tiles. Once the tiles were all level and finished, I decided to buy the best steam cleaner for tile since I want to keep them looking good forever! I’m so pleased with them!
We also used a levelling clip & wedge system which made things super easy. It’ll add to your material cost slightly, but the end result is so worth it!3 – Take your time!
So what’s next for Operation Organized Entryway??
Purchase wardrobe cabinets
- Assemble and install wardrobe cabinets
Almost there – Our PAX system & accessories were delivered on the weekend and are all set to be assembled and put in place.
- Customize cabinets to give them a built in look
We still need to figure out how exactly we’ll be creating ‘custom built-in closet’ look. Should we frame them in and drywall around them?? (Ugh….shuddering at the thought of more drywall). Do we use trim? The debate continues….
We’re still battling out the great paint colour debate.
Because our floorplan is so open, the entryway leads into both the kitchen and the main floor living space. Which means that whatever colour we choose, will pretty much be the anchor colour for the entire house – or at least for the main floor. Choosing the right colour for that is a big decision. Right now we’re leaning toward PARA Moonwalker (p5211-24).
- Build & install benches
We’re still deciding on what direction to take for the benches. Right now, we know we’re going to be buying one of the live edge coffee tables for sale for our living room so we’re loving the idea of a live edge bench like the one below to help tie the different rooms together.
- Hang wall hooks & accessories.
We used these hooks in my parents’ laundry room & have been really happy with them thus far. I like that they can fold up for a clean look & be easily out of the way when they aren’t in use.
We started coming up with a few ideas for accessories like a throw, pillows etc, but until we narrow down the paint colours we can’t make any final decisions on those yet. Check out our Foyey/Entryway Inspiration board for further developments as our ideas solidify.
That’s it for this week. Thanks for stopping by!
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