Non-boat projects continue

The “Project that must not be named” continues.

We’re laying tile instead of putting carpet back in.  Besides just laying it in a basic square pattern, Mrs. CapnRehab wanted to add a little decoration to the side entrance.  What would you do to spruce up this area?

What to do to spruce this up?

What to do to spruce this up?

We’re using 16″ tiles, which is the max size my tile wet saw can handle. Naturally she wanted a diamond pattern, and when you do that you’re looking at almost a 23 inch cut. I had to freehand cut the tiles like this.  (By the way, this is another new tool for this project.)

Freehand diagonal cut

Freehand diagonal cut


Also, for what it’s worth, I don’t think I’ll ever go with ceramic tiles again.  Any tiny chip knocks off the surface layer, and shows the red clay backing material.  I’ve heard that porcelain doesn’t do that since it’s the same material all the way through.  I guess we’ll cross that bridge when it comes to it.

This was very much a colaborative effort, Mrs. CapnRehab did the design, I cut the tiles, Rehab jr. and Rehab son-in-law laid most of the tile.  I think it looks pretty good.


Still have the grout to put in, and then there is work on the baseboards and door trim, and then… and then…

But the list is finite, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I’m reasonably sure it’s not a train.


3 thoughts on “Non-boat projects continue

  1. Wainscot and chair rail will spruce it up a lot.
    Paint the chair rail and below one color in semi gloss, above the chair rail do a different color in flat paint.
    My 2 cents

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