Saturday

I need help with my kitchen floor.....

Ok,, here is the story...

When I first bought my house I was told, "the house was once sinking into the ground and sliding down the hill".  The previous owners had engineers come out and fix it.. The insurance company gave it the OK, and I loved the house and yard so much that I bought it anyway!
This first photo is from the creek looking up at the house.

See the slope that the house was sliding down! And the creek it was sliding into!


After I moved into the house my first project was the kitchen and I wanted to pull the floor. It was a very inexpensive ugly laminate floor and it had to go!

What I found under it was the most wonderful old world looking Terracotta Tile, and it fit right into my design idea for the kitchen.. French Country... but,, when I pulled the laminate floor I found three spots about the size of a throw rug where they cut out the tile... they put into the ground steel pilings and filled it in with cement!  Yes.. three ugly spots in the floor!


This is the tile, it runs from my front door all the way throughout the dining room and kitchen.



Now, I love the tile. It looks like something you would see in an old world French Villa in the South of France!  And I want to save it, if I can.


My question is for anyone that knows anything about restoring a tile floor.
I have been all over to my local Tile/Flooring stores and can not find anything that would match... I don't think I can put in new anyway,, the subfloor-cement that was put in the spots cut out, is much too hard to cut, for the tile to lay flat with the floor....
  So I got this idea (?)... sand the concrete smooth and use paint on it.. try to match the yellow and swish in brown??  Then somehow create lines to mimic the grout?
    This is a project that will not be finished until I get the kitchen finished ( a few months), but I'm looking for suggestions... 
I will be forever grateful to anyone that might have some ideas and comments for me......

All comments will be truly welcomed!
   To be continued...... 

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I have my first suggestion.
photo from "My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia"
Pam from "Design Fanatic" sent me over to her blog.

Look how they solved their sub floor problem. They moved the original island to make a new one, only to find cement under.. This is really a great idea, and the new island is just beautiful!

Thank you ladies!

5 comments:

Pam @ Design Fanatic said...

Sandy, thanks for the nice comment on My Favorite Outdoor Space. I hope you'll come back for a visit.
Regarding your cement spaces in your tile floor, could you do a random design with smaller tiles? Kristin over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia did that in a space near her island in her kitchen. I would check it out to see if you could do something like that. :)pre

kim said...

Oh, boy that's a tough one. I don't know about matching that up with paint unless you are a really good faux painter or hire one. Good luck! Thanks for stopping by.

Kim

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm so glad we were able to give you an idea for you floor! You of course are welcome to use our ideas any time :) Take care
Kristin

a little lovely said...

thanks for stopping by a little lovely!! goodluck with your kitchen floor!!

a little lovely said...

by the way, one possibility may be to have a professional stain the concrete. it might not match exactly but they may be able to make it look nice. goodluck!!