Faux Wood Tile: The After Photos!

We’re so excited to share with you our finished floors today! Replacing almost all of the flooring on our main floor (we opted out of doing our master bath since we’ll be tackling a full renovation in there next year) was daunting beforehand, a lot of work during, but now we’re on the other side of it–6 weeks and 1500 square feet later–we couldn’t be happier we dove in and took the project by the horns.

Upon moving into our house 6 months ago, the main level flooring was split between large orange-brown square tiles and dirty carpet.

Chris Loves Julia / Faux Wood Tile: Nordic Brown From The Tile Shop

At first we were set on tearing it all up and laying hardwood floors, but ultimately we went with faux wood tile (Nordic Brown from The Tile Shop, specifically) for a host of reasons we outlined in this post, but most of all for durability’s sake.  Yesterday, as a friend’s little boy threw that heavy wooden ball sitting on the coffee table in the photo above, across the room–we’re so happy we did. No dents. No cracks. Not a scratch! Here’s how almost the same angle looked Saturday morning before we moved our furniture back upstairs:

Chris Loves Julia / Faux Wood Tile: Nordic Brown From The Tile Shop

The wood tile continues into the great room and the adjoining laundry/half bath back there (I forgot to snap a photo of those rooms! Eek!)

Chris Loves Julia / Faux Wood Tile: Nordic Brown From The Tile Shop

Chris Loves Julia / Faux Wood Tile: Nordic Brown From The Tile Shop

And back on the other side of the same level, through the entry, which looked like this when we moved in:

Chris Loves Julia / Faux Wood Tile: Nordic Brown From The Tile Shop

And now–although, it is still bare bones–the bones are much better:

Chris Loves Julia / Faux Wood Tile: Nordic Brown From The Tile Shop

The entry leads into a half bath that we updated in October of last year, that also got the new floors:

Chris Loves Julia / Faux Wood Tile: Nordic Brown From The Tile Shop

As well as the nursery and the master bedroom:

Chris Loves Julia / Faux Wood Tile: Nordic Brown From The Tile Shop

Chris Loves Julia / Faux Wood Tile: Nordic Brown From The Tile Shop

Whew! All in all, just over 1500 square feet. We still have to add baseboards, which will definitely help finish off the whole look. We plan on tackling that in the nursery this week, but the other areas we’ll do as time, energy and funds permit. Even though baseboards should be hanging over our heads, we still find ourselves celebrating the victory of completing such a huge project and more importantly–gawking over our floors multiple times a day. It was a really good choice for us and this home. And they look even better with furniture in place. I hope to have a few updates on that front for you this week. 6 months in and we still don’t have a home tour up? Time to remedy that.

Missed part of the process? Read posts about Choosing between Solid Wood vs. Faux Wood Tile / Pre-prepping and a floor plan / Our decision to not go with heated flooring after all / Demo day 1 / Demoing all that tile / Why particle subfloors are bad / Removing a closet while we’re at it / A first peek at the floors / Laying new subfloor and Hardibacker board and the point of no return / Tips for achieving realistic faux wood tile / Slow and steady tile laying / Tools for making tiling more bearable 

Disclaimer: Even though the tile (Nordic Brown) was sent to us by our friends at The Tile Shop, our decision to go with faux wood tile, as well as our selection, was our own. We picked the product because it was what we really wanted and was best for our family and home. Special thanks to The Tile Shop for being so great to work with. We’re absolutely in love with the results–as we hoped we would be.



32 Comments

  • Reply November 26, 2016

    Lisa

    Did you ever seal the grout? Did you end up getting the sealer with the dye to make it darker?

    • Reply November 26, 2016

      Julia

      We have dyed some of the grout (see here) but we never sealed it, and fortunately! it has darkened. :)

  • Reply October 19, 2016

    Allie

    This looks AWESOME!!!! Did you guys seal the grout at all?

    • Reply October 19, 2016

      Julia

      We didn’t because we wanted the grout to get darker…and it has!

  • Reply August 19, 2016

    Irma Jasso-Mendez

    Congratulations! Enjoy! I Learned alot reading your blog. No Tile shop in my area…?…love ur choice. How do u know how many print variations are in a wood like tile….is it listed ? And if inkjet or roto printer?

  • Reply June 7, 2016

    Vicky

    I’m curious what it feels like to walk on it. We are having floors installed but there’s some differences in the height of the tile. I feel it as I am walking across the unfinished floors, but I’m not sure if once the grout is in if I will notice it as much. I’ve never had tile so I don’t know if it is normal or not.

  • Reply March 9, 2016

    Shannon

    I stumbled on your blog recently and man, I love your flooring. I ordered a sample that came yesterday and we all love the color but my husband was curious if they’re cold. We live in the PNW so its often cold & damp for long periods of time. Thanks!

  • Reply July 22, 2015

    Kathi

    I have two Greater Swiss Mountain dogs and am curious about how your tile floors are holding up with a big dog on them. Does Charly slip and slide or is there enough texture to keep the floors from being too slick? Any scratches or nicks?

    • Reply July 22, 2015

      Julia

      No scratches or nicks–these floors are so durable!! Before we got an area rug (we went with FLOR tiles) for the front entryway, Charly would run and slide a bit when Chris walked in the door, but that’s not an issue anymore.

  • Reply November 7, 2014

    jennifer

    Love the floor. Is it the darker or the lighter of the Nordic Brown? The tile shop has two versions. I loved it so much I am inspired to do all the common areas in my home. Also, what color grout did you choose?

    • Reply November 7, 2014

      Julia

      It’s the darker one! We used Mocha grout, but it didn’t turn out as dark as we had hoped. Definitely go darker with the grout if possible.

  • Reply April 8, 2014

    Melissa

    The floors look amazing! Y’all did a really great job! Sorry if you have mentioned it already but…What do y’all plan to do with the stairs?

  • Reply April 1, 2014

    Victoria

    It looks lovely and sophisticated. Bravo :)

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    Nicole @ http://nicoledenaemelton.com/

    Stunning! The space looks even bigger with all uniform flooring.

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    Kerri @ Building a Charmed Life

    gorgeous! all that hard work definitely paid off! congrats!!

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    Meagan Briggs

    THOSE FLOORS! The grout color is perfect. Good work guys!

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    Tarynkay

    It looks great!

    What are your plans for the lower level flooring?

    • Reply March 31, 2014

      Julia

      We’re thinking a low-pile, perhaps texturally patterned, wall-to-wall carpet. That will eventually be the kids’ rooms and a nice large rec room/media room–so we think that’ll make the most sense down there.

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    Cindy

    Beautiful work. What a job, but something that will last you for years and years. Bravo!

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    Jennifer @ Brave New Home

    It looks great and I especially like it upstairs! I like how it can be used in the bathrooms since it’s tile.

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    CarrieE

    Your floors look great! I’m sure it’s such a relief to have them completed. Speaking of baseboards, did you see what Jenny at Little Green Notebook did recently?

    • Reply March 31, 2014

      Julia

      Yes! So beautiful. 12″ baseboards are a little tall for our standard height ceilings, but definitely inspiring.

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    Kim // Yellow Brick Home

    Yes! You must feel the weight of the world off your shoulders. It looks so great.

    And baseboards… oh my goodness. Well, you know how we feel about them. You’d think it would be no big deal to just move forward, but those costs really add up. (Scott and I have this idea we’ll knock it all out in an upcoming weekend, but we’re also exhausted just thinking about it!)

    • Reply March 31, 2014

      Julia

      I feel SO inspired by your baseboard choice, Kim! We’re headed to Home Depot tonight to pick something out! Big project, for sure. I want it done, but we just don’t have any energy to tackle it ALL in one swoop.

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    caroline [the diy nurse]

    You go guys! So happy for you- what a rough and long ride its been for you- I can’t even imagine!

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    Lisa

    Every time I finish a project, I just linger an extra bit through the room and stare. Do you do that too? Looks so great, guys! So great you get to soak these floors in a bit before baby arrives and steals all the attention. ;)

    • Reply March 31, 2014

      Julia

      I feel like that’s ALL we’ve been doing. Lingering and staring! Hahaha. And also, making food in the kitchen–we missed eating!

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    Alex

    So inspiring that you all took on such a huge project! You must be so proud :)

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    Linda

    Great job! I am impressed that you did all of that yourselves and had the patience to stick with it. I don’t have the patience to be a DIY’er. I also loved the video your mom posted of your sisters mopping the new floor. They inspired me to go mop my own :-)

    • Reply March 31, 2014

      Julia

      Those girls are so silly. I might have to post that tomorrow!

  • Reply March 31, 2014

    Elisa

    Wow, not only amazing, but so impressive that you guys installed it yourselves. I loved and still sort of miss the durability of our tile – it really is unmatched. As a big sister gift you should totally get Greta some roller skates – hah!

    • Reply March 31, 2014

      Julia

      Hahaha! She’d love that. She was zipping around on her wheely cow all weekend! I should have brought out her scooter.

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