As many of you all know, Braden and I have embarked on one of our most exciting adventures of remodeling and restoring an Italianate/Colonial farmhouse that was built in the 1860s. There is something so special and intricate about the details, labor, and thought that went into constructing homes during this time. Construction wasn’t exactly easy then, so I like to think that each detail was a true labor of love.
Last March, when we purchased our house, we inherited the “beautiful” white, boring, outdated tile that came with it. As I’m sure you can imagine, I was just thrilled to keep it for forever… not. I wanted it up and out—but there was one problem that is seemingly an overarching problem as a teacher: we just didn’t have the budget to replace it. Because money is not something that is used liberally in our household, I began to think of alternative options to put a dress on this dated mess.