Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hundreds of Tiles Later...

Last time I promised to show my dairy project when I finished the tiling the walls. Well, it only took me about two weeks and 650 tiles!  Let's just say that I won't be using tiles again anytime soon.The tiles I chose aren't really appropriate for a dairy (they are much too elaborate) but I figured that for all the work of the room, I might as well use tiles I really liked.
There's still a lot to be done in the room, but the basic shell is finished. 
Please forgive me if this post is a little picture heavy. I'm so happy to be done with the tiles! I made so many tiles I thought for sure there would be extras, but I only had four border tiles left over at the end.

The stone floor is made of paper clay. It's looking a little too brown with all the blue and white. I may repaint it a little more grey.
I was very worried about keeping the tiles straight, so I tiled the walls first,and added the floor after. I made the mistake of gluing the door in first, and it ended up a little too far to the left, which made problems with the fit of the tiles. You can see that I had to add a tiny strip of partial tiles to the right hand corner to fill in the gap!
I'm still working on the door. I just repainted it slightly creamier white, and still need to add some subtle aging. I also need to add some sort of door latch or knob. The hinges I made out of thick paper. I was going to paint them to look like iron, but once I got the stone floor in I thought black hinges would look too dark in the room.
I also used my brother's pocket knife (don't tell him!) to widen the cracks between the boards. The "moulding" I used to make the door casing is just two pieces of layered cardboard.

The gallery room box I took apart to house my dairy had a really terrible gold frame. It was painted three different shades of gold, some matte and some shiny. But the paint job was hiding a decently shaped frame. So I taped off the inner most bands of beading, protected the inside of the box with a  piece of cardboard, and sprayed the frame mat black. I couldn't believe the difference it made!


  1. The room with the tiles looks so beautiful. You have done a great job.
    Hug from Germany,

  2. It all looks really wonderful! The tiles were well worth all your effort! Beautiful work! x

  3. Color me amazed--but then, I always am by your work. Thank you for sharing!

  4. A completely wonderful job, well done. All those tiles!! The frame if perfect now too.
    Can't wait to see more...

  5. Beautiful work Eliza, your perseverance really paid off, the room looks just great and the black frame sure finishes it off well. The floor color, I would first put in the furniture and then decide if it still is a problem.

  6. Hello Eliza,
    Never, ever apologize for posting too many pictures...especially when the work is so successful! You did a tremendoius job and it looks wonderful. Congratulations.
    Big hug,

  7. There can never be enough pictures! I love the tiles. You did such a great job making and setting them in place...BEAUTIFUL!

  8. I like your wonderful tiles. Great work.
    Kiss Faby

  9. I agree - never enough pictures! You've done a sterling job with all those tiles AND the frame.

  10. I love your tiles, and the above desk is also lovely

  11. Hi Eliza! What beautiful tiles and so much work: it seems your patience is endless ;)! The frame is much better now. I like the paintwork on your desk in your latest post too.
    Greetings, Ilona

  12. Oh, my goodness, I love your work! Those tiles are so gorgeous. What a beautiful blue!

  13. Oh, my goodness, I love your work! Those tiles are so gorgeous. What a beautiful blue!