April 14, 2014

BATHROOM UPDATE



Above: scenes from the last week-and-a-half of bathroom renovation. I finally got that bedroom toilet I've always wanted, and I forgot to get safety goggles, so I just wore my largest sunglasses instead. Demolition has never looked so fabulous!

So, the bathroom. It was the one thing I hated about the house when we bought it; but I was also glad for the chance to update something (and to hands-on learn how to do all that entails). I hope I never meet the person who thought a bulky built-in sink vanity and chunky faux-terracotta tiles (on every. single. surface) would be a good idea in a small master bath. I was laughing manically through most of the demolition. Like most home renovation projects, though, it became larger as we went along. Initially we were only going to install a pedestal sink (more on that later), but as we removed the old one, we realized we'd also need to repair/install some backer board over the subfloor where the sink was going (and in the walls around it)... and if we were going to do all that, we might as well tile the floor so we wouldn't need to reinstall the sink down the road. We did, however, leave the tile in the shower; that was simply too much to tackle at the moment. Baby steps!

We did all the heavy installation and initial tiling while my parents were still here. And this past weekend, I grouted, and Micah installed baseboards and quarter-round. Next steps are patching up any visible holes/craters from the original demo, then caulking the baseboards, and priming everything so it's ready to paint.

5 comments:

  1. LOVE the tiles - don't know how much patience I'd have to install them... I'd probably do 1/10th and then convince someone else to finish it. Luckily the apartment I'm moving into this spring ALREADY has those tiles in the bathroom (white only) along with subway tiles on the walls. The whole place needs some TLC but I'm really looking forward to renting a place with some serious charm.

    Can't wait to see your final product!

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    1. Thanks! The main reason we chose that tile pattern was that it reminded us both of apartments we had in Oklahoma City (we both lived in the same historic neighborhood when we met). We appreciated their "charm" at the time, but were totally unable or unwilling to give them the TLC they needed - which is why we're so gung-ho about DIYing this place as much as we can.

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  2. This looks great. Did you use sanded or non-sanded grout on the floor? I'm ready to grout my hexagon tile but I keep finding conflicting or very vague information regarding grouting this type of tile.

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    1. We used non-sanded grout on my parents' recommendation. They thought it would be better for the smaller spaces between these tiles – and it seems to have turned out great. Good luck!

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  3. Love the honey comb tile! Such a classic retro-ish look, I want to do something similar in our front bathroom someday.

    p.s. Love that you went with dark grout! We did dark grout with our subway tile backsplash in the kitchen and I LOVE the contrast.

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