Damn, baby! We be hauling ass on this Master Bathroom remodel. Let's move down… waaaaay down – to the floor. Let me tell you a little story – sung to the tune of “The Brady Bunch”… Here’s a story, of a (not so) lovely bathroom, that was very, very, very ug-o-ly. And it had super nasty vinyl flooring from the 70’s. And it just had to go…
Gross, right? Well, lookie what I’m replacing it with…
Doesn’t it look great with my paint samples and artwork?
This was actually what pushed us into finally remodeling our Master Bathroom. And it was the deal of the century, y’all! We happened to be strolling through a ReStore one Saturday (just looking) and while he was in the bathroom, I browsed the tile section. And that’s when I found it. That tile – simple, classic, durable.
So, The Boy and I checked it out – right next to a sweet family who were also checking it out. And you know how that goes at the ReStore… it’s like the Running of the Brides but with tile. We were kind of just discussing it (Do you like it? Would it work?) and then I noticed it. The Price. $5.89 a box OR 58 cents a square foot. SAY WHAT?!?!
That’s right, bitches. That tile was only 58 cents a square foot. When we realized that (at the same time as the sweet family next to us) – we all looked at each other wearily… then sent the mens off to get carts! I mean it. Two of us ladies literally sat on the pile of tile and told people loudly, “Nope. Taken.”
That’s how good a deal it was.
While there, we also picked up some pre-mixed tile adhesive and this handy tile cutter. Because the tile was a mosaic and the bathroom was so small, we knew there was no need for a wet saw on this project. That paper cutter looking thing would work just fine.
Putting it in was a job but nothing I haven’t done before. The Boy cut the tiles for me and I laid them down. We did run into two problems though. First, ReStore tile tends to be seconds (the ones that don’t make the quality cut) so some of my tile sections weren’t lining up. There’s some gaps but it’s such a small bathroom that you can’t really tell. Second, the adhesive was waaay too thick. It ended up going on much thicker than I was used to and at first, I couldn’t control it so well. So, a bunch ended up squooshing through. Not a biggie (just really messy) – I used a wet rag and Q-tips to work the excess out of the tile spaces. Tedious but, again, no biggie.
And here it is all pretty, grouted, and sealed. I used a bone-colored grout to tie in the wall color and the colors in the tile.
During the process, some adhesive ended up on the shower base. It was dried by the time I saw it. I’m not going to lie – this was a pain to remove. It involved lots of Goo Gone, a pot scraper, and lots of elbow grease.
The next issue? Someone (and I’m not going to mention names) didn’t make the right calculations for subflooring and cement board so we ended up with and uneven floor between the Master Bathroom and the Master Bedroom. Again, this sucks but it’s not a big deal – they make uneven thresholds for this kind of thing.
And it MUST be pretty – it’s kitty approved!
See? It’s puuurdy.
So we O-fficially have a floor. And y’all, I love it. It’s so simple and clean-looking (not to mention easy to keep clean due to the dirt-masking color). We actually ended up buying enough for both bathrooms (the Master Bathroom and the soon-to-be-remodeled Hall Bathroom). Have any of you tiled before? How was it? Is there a particular product or brand that you fell in love with during the process? Let me know – I’ve got to do this again in a couple of months!