Monday, February 16, 2009

A Small Change With Big Impact...

It's Monday again! That means it's time for another Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan over at Between Naps On The Porch. Be sure to check out her blog for a list of all the other participants. You will see many inspiring transformations!

When we moved into this house it was obvious that mauve was the color of choice decided on by the previous owners when they had the house built. It was scattered around in the form of hard surfaces that would take some work to get rid of!

Two of those places were the square tiles inlaid in the hardwood floors of our hall. It was obvious that they needed to be changed, but I wanted to do it without damaging the hardwoods and without having to cut any new tiles. Off to Home Depot!

I found BIG, neutral tiles that would nearly fill the hole where the mauve tiles sat. They were maybe $4 a piece! A nice, inexpensive project that would make a world of difference and help bring this house one step closer to leaving the 90's behind!

Like I said before, the tiles I found would only nearly fit the existing hole. So I decided that the best solution would be to fill the gap between the new tile and the hardwood floors by adding a wood frame. The mauve tiles already had a beautiful dark wood frame around them, but they were pretty unnoticeable because the colors blended together. Doing this was going to make that dark wood pop!

My husband removed all of the old tiles...

...and cut new frames to match the existing floors!

Now all we had to do was lay the tile and grout!

And viola! Instant update that only took a few hours and was totally worth it!


Fifi Flowers said...

Changing a colour makes a big difference!

ellen b. said...

Great job. How smart to add the framing around the tile. Happy Met Monday to you!

Sherry said...

Amazing! I love it. Off to show John. He's totally gonna drool too. What a great project with such a huge impact!


Cass said...

The framing makes the tile really stand out. Nice work, talented husband!


marty39 said...

Wow, what a huge change and so creative of you to think about adding the framework. It looks like it has always been there and sooooo much better than mauve. Hugs, Marty

Momovthree said...

What a great impact that makes! You did such a wonderful job, I love it. The wood was such a creative fix. The before pictures remind me of my mom's foyer. My parents built their home in '91 and her foyer tiles are a mauvey pink.

Great Met Monday post!

Kim Chalfant said...

Great update! Looks much better.

DesignTies said...

I love purple, but mauve tiles in the hardwood would probably be a bit much, even for me!!

It's great you were able to replace the tiles without damaging the hardwood flooring. Your hubby did a great job adding the trim around the new tiles :-)

Nice transforamtion :-)


Kimm at Reinvented said...

What a fantastic solution.

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Great change! Mauve?? Was that from the '80's??? or '90's??? I love the transformation. Great work!

DesignTies said...

Karla - wonderful transformation!
I particularly love how the dark wood details pop.
Great work!
Victoria @ DesignTies

DesignTies said...

Thanks for your comment about my chair & bench -- it's great that you're now inspired to cover your chairs :-)

If you need any help when the time comes, send me an e-mail and I'll send you more details about how we did ours. Really, it wasn't hard at all!! :-)


janet said...

great job, much nicer and trim just adds a nice touch
thanks for sharing

Cottage Rose said...

Wow what a big difference it made. I love how the frame looks great job.


Shelia said...

Looks great! You did this yourself? You're the smartest one!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0