Peeling, beige 1980s tile with thumb-width grout lines

Peeling, beige 1980s tile with thumb-width grout lines

In every other part of my home, there was zero I wanted to restore. Gut? Heck yeah! But not restore. It was closed off, boxy and an inefficient use of space. In addition, the original 1966 finish materials were, well … 1966 finish materials. Flocked and metallic wallpaper, crumbling cabinetry, age-stained tile, and crow’s foot plaster work coating … Every. Single. Wall. (A list of plaster texture horrors can be seen here)

So finally I have a restoration project: The patio! It was originally a beautiful 27’ long and 7.5’ deep open expanse until the previous owner cut it in two and enclosed half of it. The horrible, peeling beige-glazed tile with thumb-wide grout didn’t help.

After two years of penny-saving, the glass enclosure is now gone and the glass wall resealed. But this job almost didn’t happen.

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