It’s been a long time since I made any progress on finishing the farm apartment for renting. Family members lived in it for five months last year, and even when it was empty I didn’t have the mental energy to organize my thoughts into a coherent plan — nor the hours to invest in working on a project. So it has sat there, the occasional cluster fly buzzing at the window, waiting for me to get back on track.
The apartment entry had a plain concrete floor (due to the layout, it is actually a division of the garage floor). In all the construction the concrete had become stained and ugly.
Two years ago I had chosen a basic tile for the entry at Lowe’s. I’d researched laying tile. I had the instructions printed in a folder. But I had no time, and recently my energy had become mired in a feeling of hopelessness.
A few weeks ago I ran into Allen’s young nephew at a gas station. I knew who he was only because of the name on the truck panel. Ed owns a flooring business.
Stop stewing and take action, a voice in my brain commanded.
But the money! another voice automatically objected.
If it gets you out of this funk, the money will be worth it.
I heard myself asking if Ed would be interested in giving me an estimate. He would — and it was quite reasonable.
The next time I was passing through the big city I raced into Lowe’s and bought four heavy boxes of tile. I also discovered that one advantage of being over-scheduled was that I chose the color for the epoxy grout with only a minimum of anguish. No time to dither.
Ed tiled the entry in two half-days. He did a lovely job. Here it is drying with an oil heater:
And here it is, cured and ready for traffic. The entry bench is a small antique church pew I found very cheaply on Craigslist.
I still need to sand and stain the under-the-stair cupboard doors, paint the fire door to my workshop, install a handrail up the stairs, hang living room curtains, fit some trim, and build a fire escape off the deck.
But having this small stretch of floor clean and finished for the holiday is a great pick-me-up.