The nickname of this baby was Pinocchio, and look at how he looks years later…


Tired of their cat Lucky ruining the entrance carpets, the author embarked on a project to replace the laminate floor beneath the destroyed carpet with hexagonal tiles.

Despite the rubbery and patterned nature of the carpet, the cat found a way to soil it, raising concerns about the subfloor.We decided to use hexagonal tiles, similar to their kitchen floor, to create a durable and visually appealing entrance.


With the plan in mind, we cut out the old floor along the marked line and prepared the space for the new tiles.

To address potential moisture issues, we applied sealants using the Schlüter Kerdi membrane and AquaDefense liquid membrane.The tiles were then laid with quick-setting tile adhesive, and once set, the author moved on to grouting.

We shared the process of mixing and applying grout, emphasizing the need for patience.The outer gaps between the tiles and other flooring materials were intended for grouting to provide flexibility in case of any shifts in the floor.

Although grouting can be messy, it is an essential step in the process. It’s helpful to use damp cloths to remove grout film from the tiles.

The final step was grouting the edges, giving the project its finishing touch. The sealant helped conceal any irregular cuts and contributed to a seamless appearance.

The finished floor not only addressed the challenges caused by the cat but also became a practical and visually appealing entrance area capable of withstanding wet and muddy shoes.

The project, born out of necessity, transformed a previously ruined floor into a functional and aesthetically pleasing space.

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