The Cross House

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).

5 Responses to My Big Learning Curve About Historic Tile. Part 4.

      • 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. 🙂

  1. 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:-)

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