Friday, August 18, 2017

The Solution - Part II

Part II

The Solution

In my last post I told you about the problem with the floor of the pavilion which sits in the far back of the garden. Over time, especially before I added the solid tin roof, it was very exposed to the elements and in recent months I realized that the floor, which had become quite damaged, really needed to be repaired...or replaced.

Below you can see what bad condition it was in. What ever I decided to do this time I didn't want to  to use any type of decking and I did have a certain look I wanted to achieve.

So...I took a risk.

I have always loved black and white checkered floors. I almost put one in my kitchen when I last remodeled it, but my beloved french terra-cotta tile won out. Here I thought, crazy as it sounds, was a place to use it!

Black and white tile outside, yes it does seem weird, but I went ahead and did it. And, I love, the way it turned out!

First backer board was laid down to level the surface then the tile was glued down. I used plain old 12 inch commercial tile from Home Depot - inexpensive and almost indestructible, the same tile you see in grocery stores. The whole job took my handyman less than a day to install.

The next day I put down two coats of liquid wax for addition ease of cleaning and shine.

I already had the black wicker outdoor furniture and I painted two 'found' side tables black to match. I was able to find the perfect outdoor fabric to make new seat cushions - black and white with a flash of color. The lantern was brought home from Morocco many years ago, as was the brass tray. The stained glass window I originally made for a door. I think that it now has the Victorian Brighton Pavilion look that I was trying to achieve, although I would like to add a potted palm tree.

And the best far it is easy to keep clean!

I hope that you like it, I know this will not suit every taste but it's rather fun to do something a little quirky once in a while.

Thank you for visiting.

Have a happy day.


  1. Loving the black and white floor. I love them too, but they're hard to do inside. They're perfect in your outdoor area!

  2. Brilliant! I love what you've done with your pavilion. The black and white tiles are at one and the same time quirky and elegant. Really well done!

  3. Brilliant! I love what you've done with your pavilion. The black and white tiles are at one and the same time quirky and elegant. Really well done!

  4. I love it, it is perfect. What a wonderful place to sit and relax with a good book, glass of wine and a great cup of tea. The furniture looks terrific also. You had a perfect choice and I am so glad that it turned out the way you wanted it.

    now that the weather is cooler here, it will be the perfect place to relax in.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  5. Looks amazing. Something I would never have picked but look how good it looks.

  6. Adrienne, words cannot say how much I love your choice. And, you are right, all it needs is a potted palm. GORGEOUS!!!!!! Happy Monday..Judy

  7. I am your newest follower. Holy Cow!!!! I found you through Sugar Ellis and am so thrilled she did a little write up about you. I am putting you on my sidebar so I don't miss a single post. You are an amazing/talented lady---my kind of gal.

    I hope you have a blessed weekend. xo Diana


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