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03.18.2002

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office space
diary of a home office makeover: part 2
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Last time in part one of Office Space: Diary of a Home Office Makeover, we made the first steps towards improving our eyesore of a second bedroom turned home office, by rethinking the floorplan and doing a little sensible furniture rearrangement. The diary continues ...

As long as we were going to be shuffling everything around, we decided now would be the perfect time to replace the hideous commercial-style nubbly carpeting with the same pretty red Mexican tile that ran through the rest of the house. 


the original office space: ugly, disorganized, and with a dirty, matted, office-building-blah carpet

Wed never tiled before but had read up on the how-tos, and the process seemed easy enough, especially for such a small area. We figured it would take two days, tops, so wed start the following Friday night (yes, its a sad sad thing indeed when you decide to ring in the weekend by tiling your floor rather than hitting the clubs, checking out a fab restaurant, even catching a movie. Even scarier is when you realize you're really, truly looking forward to these oh-so-exciting plans for your Friday evening). The timing would work out just perfectly, since my baby brother was due to arrive the Sunday after. Wed have a brand-new beautifully tiled office floor to show off!

Or not.

tiling the floor
Everything started out fine. We consulted all sorts of references, from our ancient Time Life home improvement books (snagged at a library book sale) to websites galore (see sidebar.) We made careful notes regarding what wed need for tools and materials; we took measurements of our room so wed know how much of an area we were actually working with. We were organized, confident and ready for the challenge.
. Thinking of installing a ceramic tile floor? Check out these excellent resources for step-by-step instructions on do-it-yourself tiling ...

DIYonline.com: provides overview, video, detailed directions, and a handy shopping list
Doityourself.com: breaks down the tiling process step-by-step, providing tons of useful tips
Hometime.com: photo-illustrated instructions for setting tile (no grouting directions, unfortunately)

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