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Kitchen Tile Inspiration and Installation

January 14, 2014

I must have a thing for imitation tile. If you are a regular reader than you will remember the wood-look tile we installed in the basement bathroom of our last home. It was a Pinterest sensation!

Well here I am again, showing of a porcelain tile that’s doing it best (which is very good I might add) to look like slate.

The inspiration came from several late night Pinterest kitchen binge sessions while I was looking for ideas to incorporate into our kitchen remodel.  I realized one of the reasons I loved the look of several of the kitchen below was the beautiful cool gray tile floors. I liked that the large format tile is current and contemporary but that the color and style of the tile had a natural and old world feel.

kitchen floor 1

Traditional Home

kitchen floor 2

Miles Redd

kitchen floor 3

At Home in Arkansas

kitchen floor 4

Classic Casual Home

I added it to the kitchen mood board not sure if I was going to find something similar in our price range. Luck had it that Lowes carries a tile pretty close, if not exactly what we wanted, in our price range: Galvano Charcoal Glazed Porcelain Floor floor tileWe installed it several weeks ago over a plywood and Ditra substrate. After working through some issues to make the sure subfloor was level and flat. 

It went down quickly and was easy to cut, but holy shit is this stuff heavy! Each box of tile must have weighed 60 pounds.


Hubs in a strangely good mood considering the hour and what he was doing. Also, he would not wear a coat despite my pleas for him to be weather appropriate.

I would like everyone reading this to stop, pour themselves a drink, and toast to my husband and to our new neighbors who:

1. Cut tile outside, in the dark, in 20°F weather, in December. (Husband)

2. Either slept through the noise and commotion, or felt bad for the crazy DIY couple who just moved in next door and decided not to call the police with a noise complaint. (Neighbors)

Thank you both. It didn’t go unnoticed.

IMG_1365The photo above is just before grouting. May I just say that people who install tile for a living are tough! I’m in great shape, but after two 10 hour days of crawling around on my hands and knees I felt like I had aged 20 years. The knee pads hardly helped. We only had 3 knee pads too, so my poor hubby was crawling around with just one knee protected. Ouch! It was very chivalrous, and much appreciated on my part.

Also, grouting is the bane of my existence. If I were ever sentenced to hard labor in a work camp (not that I foresee this happening) and they told me that I would have to grout tile floors for the remainder of my internment, I might just run directly into the firing squad err… guards with guns err….. or whoever was keeping me there.



After the floor was grouted, we put down some paper so that we could paint the walls without messing up everything we had just done. After we pulled up the paper, it took a few passes with cheesecloth to wipe up the grout haze.



view from the dining room


view from the breakfast room

Unfortunately the electricity in the room was off while it was being rewired so it’s all very dark in the photos. 😦  The fridge hung in there, in all of it’s singular appliance glory, through the whole process.

Yes, the door in the picture above is upside-down and backwards. No, we didn’t do that. Yes, we plan to fix it….at some point.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate permalink
    May 27, 2015 7:28 PM

    We are installing the same tile. What color grout did you use? Thanks!

  2. January 14, 2014 1:30 PM

    Great flooring choice! If we ever create a master suite upstairs in our new house, something along these lines is definitely my first choice.

    • January 14, 2014 5:55 PM

      Thank you! We really lucked out finding something we liked in our price range. I looked all over the Internet and local stores and ended up finding it at Lowes. Go figure 🙂

      • Elle permalink
        March 1, 2015 11:59 AM

        How does this tile hold up in your kitchen? I’m getting ready to put in our kitchen but I have to admit I’m a messy cook. Is it easy to clean? Does grease stain it? By the way it looks great in your kitchen! Props to you for doing it yourself!!


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