Monday, October 11, 2010

Delayed Den Details...Done.

I posted the "after" picture of the den and told you there were a few details to finish. The main thing that I'd been putting off (because I was intimidated) was the tiling of the hearth.

I thought I would try to mimic the floor tile which is broken.
So this involved buying perfectly lovely tiles, bringing them home, wrapping them in a towel and hitting them with a hammer. 

The kitchen / den floor
I spent a lot of time arranging and rearranging the tiles like a puzzle.  I was worried that I might not remember how they were laid out so I numbered them and photographed them to use as a guide.

Once the tiles were in the mastic I wiped off the numbers.

May be time for a new mixer...
The pictures on the grout bag didn't show an egg beater to mix the grout, but hey, maybe men just don't know how well it works.

So I was pretty happy with the way this turned out.  Projects that are permanent make me nervous. I'd much rather paint something or rearrange books.

The one other little detail that needed finishing was the hanging of a musket over the back door.  (Thanks, Farmer Fred!)

You never can tell when Pa might need to grab it and run outside to shoot a wolf...or a Yankee. 

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