Herringbone Slate Entry Pathway

When I left off on this front entry project last time, we had removed the unattractive orange tile, smoothed out the concrete and were searching for a new material for our front walkway.

We mulled over our options, flip-flopping back and forth between painting or tiling the walkway. I was eventually swayed the tile route when I found these inspiration images on Pinterest:

slate tile

I fell for the slate because I thought it was the perfect stone to tie in with the dark grey color of our shutters and front door, plus the idea of natural stone was appealing because this is the first impression of the house and stone is a nice, upgraded material compared to ceramic tile.

Once we knew we wanted slate, we went to our usual flooring store – Floor & Decor – and checked out their slate collection. We looked at all sorts of tile, from large squares to tiny backsplash tiles, but eventually we settled on the 12x24 Multicolor Slate Tile for $1.89/sq. ft. This tile won out because the size and price were right, plus it had a nice texture to it that I thought would guard against slipping issues when the tile is wet from the rain.

This tile comes in a wide variety of colors, but I handpicked 40 pieces to be in the color family I wanted, which was mostly charcoal grey with a hint of brown.

I asked the husband to try a herringbone pattern, even though he'd never done it before. He was hesitant, but I told him we could always do a subway pattern if the herringbone proved too complicated. But of course, nothing is too complicated for my geometry-teacher husband! He figured it out in no time and got to work. The first step was dry fitting the pattern to make sure we liked the concept before he made any cuts.

Once we were happy with that, he started by the door and began making his cuts. I could never do this in a million years, but his math-minded brain worked through the specifics right away. He put down the grey mortar and used 1/4 inch spacers to work his way out from the door.

The first section was pretty straightforward, but it got a bit trickier once the pathway got wider. He had some complicated cuts, but he made it work!

He let that sit overnight and came back the next day with the sanded Pearl Grey grout. The grout was given another day to set, and then he applied some stone enhancer/sealer that was leftover from our travertine project.

We are so happy with how it turned out! The husband really outdid himself on this one.

It's just another element that makes our curb appeal so much better than when we bought the house. What once looked like this...

... now looks like this:
And I feel pretty great about how much better the slate tile looks compared to the orange tile:

Check one more project off the list! Hooray! What projects have you been working on lately?

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