I totally forgot my discovery from T_______L____ today. A man in front of me at the checkout was buying a piece of wood today and having the lumber store plane it down for him. They apparently charge $2.00 per pass and each pass takes off an 1/8" of material. That's exciting news because it means that I may finally have a solution to the case of my unfinished front entry. I've been searching everywhere for 1/2" stock lumber to match the nosing already there. It needs to come in 4' lengths, 6" wide. I can only find 3' lengths and I refuse to piece lumber together as I think it will look cheap. What that has meant is that my front entry, which I have installed tile on, has no edging and therefore cannot be grouted. It's ridiculous really. I'll still need to hand plane parts of the boards down as some areas are 3/8" thick and some 1/2", but, if the lumber store will plane it for me I'll pay them even if they have to make 4 passes per board. I've been without a finished entry for long enough. Having it done would also mean that I could finally replace the closet door and our coats, shoes and general mess could be hidden. I don't even remember what that's like!
I'd toyed with the idea of doing a pattern like this. Although I think it looks great, the colour of the accent tile was just not something I liked. There was very limited choice and if there had been a black option I would have loved it, however, there was not, and I decided to go with the version below.
Below is the infamous "lip" that I can't seem to find lumber for. Once I find the right one I'll have to plane it to fit, cut to length and then router the edges to match the nosing underneath. This will mean either I borrow a router/router table or I buy one.