TYE STREET PROJECT: ENTRY FLOOR & UPDATE

June 7, 2015

Decorating / Tye Street Project

Painted checkerboard floor on Thou Swell

(Catch up the the Tye Street Project: Introduction, Paint Palette, Sneak Peek) Now that things are all settled with Tye Street’s back room “solarium“, I am starting to wrap things up with the rest of house. I’ve only got one room to go now that the entry is almost done: my sisters’ bedroom. You got a sneak peek of it in this post with bunglo, but as you can see, its got a long way to go (headboards, art, bedside table and lighting). I’ve got some pictures of the new entry floor and a couple more sneak peeks with progress, but I don’t want to share too much until I can reveal the whole house in full!

For the entry floor, we decided against a runner, but I still wanted to add an extra element of drama to the long hallway. The walls are dark gray and there’s a black and white gallery wall on one side, and five mirrors on the other to reflect light and add a little glam. The floor needed something to distract from its worn out wood, and though I was risking darkening the space even further, I decided a checkerboard floor pattern on top of the wood would make a great statement (inspired by this entry). The project turned out to be much harder to carry out than we expected, because it required doing all the math to figure out the size of the squares, drawing the squares using a right angle, taping off the squares, trimming the corners where the tape met with an x-acto knife, sanding the squares, then finally painting them all and waiting 72 hours to fully dry. That being said, I don’t have a instructions for anyone else to carry out this project because my dad did a lot of the hard stuff (perks of being a teenager??), but here, here, and here are some great tutorials!

Tye Street Project Entry BeforeTye Street Project entry

Checkerboard painted floor pattern
Checkerboard painted floor pattern

Painted checkerboard floor on Thou Swell

And now for a little update! Enjoy these sneak peeks… I can’t wait to share more!!

Tye Street Project by Kevin O'Gara of Thou Swell
Tye Street Project by Kevin O'Gara of Thou Swell

Tye Street Project by Kevin O'Gara of Thou Swell
Tye Street Project by Kevin O'Gara of Thou Swell

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  • Brenda in SF

    I love this floor! The black squares really bring out the wonderfully pickled quality of the wood – Its pattern has an almost Japanese ‘cloud’ motif. How sweet are the tiny handprints spied at the crown of the mantel – Adorable! And is the chair a vintage McGuire?

    • Thanks Brenda!! The chair is actually a vintage Ficks Reed! I hope you are doing well!

      • Brenda in SF

        So well and such a fan! Happy Summer!

  • Never would have thought to paint on wooden floors like that but definitely love the effect!

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