My Big Learning Curve About Historic Tile. Part 4.



The west vestibule of the Cross House, and with a porcelain geometric tile floor by the American Encaustic Tiling Company. The BEFORE image.


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The AFTER image. Incredible! And this is only after being cleaned! Thank you John Maddox! The floor will look even better after receiving a coat of sealer (and after removing the paint drips!).


Since buying the Cross House a year ago, I have been…appreciative of the tile floors. I did not love or adore or treasure them. It seemed cool that they were original, and I certainly intended to respect them and do what I could to fill in missing sections.

But during this week of amazing discoveries, I have fallen in love — passionately — with my porcelain geometric tile floors. Now that I know I can truly restore the floors, and now that I understand how they will looked after being cleaned and sealed, well, wow. Wow. WOW!

Today, I mailed off a box to Olde English Tiles. The box includes all the tiles (various shapes and colors) I need more of. They will then give me a quote.

I am looking forward to the quote with great anticipation (and a little fear).


  1. amyheavilin on February 21, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I’m so excited about this process. We have zero original tile in the house : all of mine will be vintage or replica that I design on my own. I’m so excited for you!

    • Ross on February 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      But you and your husband do BEAUTIFUL tile bathrooms!

      • amyheavilin on February 21, 2015 at 8:17 pm

        Thank you! It’s definitely one of my favorite things to do – we’ll have five bathrooms. But I think being able to restore and have an original floor for at least one of them would be super special. So I’m excited to live vicariously through you on this. 🙂

  2. Denali Dragonfly "Grace" on February 23, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I agree with Amy, I enjoy living vicariously through you, since I would LOVE to live in a Victorian home. But I know I’m in the right mid-century house for me (the one you were looking for and couldn’t find, because I kept it). G:-)

  3. Montana Channing on February 25, 2016 at 1:58 am

    You meant a lot of fear, right?

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