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  • The Sunroom Reveal!


    a bright & airy sun room black & white cement tile // brittanyMakes

    Our sunroom was the last space on our minds during our home renovation, but ironic enough it was the first (and let’s be honest, the only) space I fell in love with when we bought the house.  (New readers here? Check this post for the before photos of our house.) I mentioned before, our sunroom was not a space to hate, if anything, we actually really liked it conceptually. Sadly it became somewhat the step-child of our home because, let’s be real, it wasn’t a real functioning bedroom or anything. It didn’t lead to any space we actually wanted to be in. The garage? Total disaster zone. The back yard? Woof. Until recently, our back yard was the epitome of a mound of dirt. Sunroom before:

    SUNROOM Before | brittanyMakes

    And sunroom after(!!!!!):

    a bright & airy sun room black & white cement tile // brittanyMakes

    a bright & airy sun room black & white cement tile // brittanyMakes

    How in love are you with those tiles? They’re from Cement Tile Shop, and they’re everything! I think we gave our tile guy an ulcer over them though, these tiles are a little high maintenance and need a lot of prep and pampering before being installed.  The tiles come unsealed so you you have to seal them yourself otherwise they will be permanently stained by the grout. Cement Tile Shop provides detailed instructions on what products to use and how to seal them properly, but even then, there’s room for a lot of error. They recommend sealing twice, but trust me, seal them 3 or 4 times before installing.

    a bright & airy sun room black & white cement tile // brittanyMakes

    Our tile guy is a pro. He executed against the instructions to a T, but my husband, who was in charge of sealing, must not have let the sealant soak in on a few of the tiles (see this post) and ended up having to strip them with an acid wash (which you can get at any tile shop, just ask for “acid wash”), reseal them and let them sit for the recommended amount of time before grouting. We were all super nervous that day, that after all that hard work (and money!) that we would be left with beautiful & expensive stained tile.

    a bright & airy sun room black & white cement tile // brittanyMakes

    OH! And Spoiler alert!!!! You see these pillows and throws? I’ve been hinting hard about my next endeavor – The Vintage Rug Shop – an online rug & textile shop! It is coming SO soon, I just can’t wait! These pillows and throws are just a peek into some of the items that you’ll find in the shop. I’m really excited about this, and hope you are as well. Keep your eyes peeled because I’ll be announcing more details very, VERY soon.

    a bright & airy sun room black & white cement tile // brittanyMakes

    a bright & airy sun room black & white cement tile // brittanyMakes

    SOURCES: Cement Tile // pillows & throws // gold table (vintage, spray painted in Design Master Brilliant Gold spray paint) // hat // flokati // white vase (small) // large white planter // gold dipped planters (Target past season)

    *this is not a sponsored post


    1. It’s GORGEOUS! I love everything about it! The pillows are perfect. I am also super excited about your textile shop. I am really hoping I can afford it! Pretty Please with Sugar on top have some affordable options!

      1. hahaha you’re funny! there will be items at all price ranges :) It wouldn’t feel right to only sell things people cant afford

      1. With screw hooks, I drilled a tiny pilot hole then twisted them in, it wasn’t hard at all! The planters aren’t too heavy

    2. Your sunroom is such an inspiration! I have these samples and I keep waffling over doing them in our sunroom, too! I know they are high maintenance to install, but how durable have they been for you after living with them for a while? Do you have any chips or stains? Thanks in advance :-)

      1. Hey Samantha! No chips or stains yet, and I’m not even the best at washing them regularly, maybe once a month. Our dogs drool, play, drop bones, run, etc all over them and they still look great. The key is definitely to PRE SEAL, like double what you think you should do. Overall, I do recommend them! They still look so good, it’s been about a year since we installed ours.

        1. Hi Brittany! We have cement tiles all over the interior of our house but none outside. We’re thinking of using these tiles for our balcony which is completely outdoors. How have your tiles held up now that it’s been a few years? Thanks so much.

          1. They’ve held up great! I will say, the tile is very porous so having white will never be stark white. Otherwise they are great for outdoors imo!

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