Well, I am ridiculously ready for this grand reveal. But first let’s review the before:
Before it had lineoleum flooring. yes. It was gross. Sure, it didn’t look gross in pictures but trust me…it was. In fact, it was the same flooring that continued into our kitchen before we ripped it out and laid hardwood. Which actually added to our problem. The hardwood was 3/4″ higher than the linoleum…trip city (and I ain’t talking about McConaughey’s bongo). Oh and did I mention it was ripped?
Under my new bathroom cabinet was a giant gash. Everytime we swiffered, the snag would cling to dirt like Madonna to her yoga mat. Eventually the buildup was disgusting. Note the grossness in the corner…eww. So naturally it needed a makeover.
Enter moodboard options:
Obviously the tile choice had to go with my existing paint color (because I love it) and my white beadboard cabinet and the flooring in the hall (which it meets up to at the door). The first option was my favorite of the tiles…bring on the hexagon! But the priciest of the options as well. Three times the cost of the others and not appealing to all future buyers.
Option 2 was the most standard option being a porcelain ceramic tile. Since it was uber durable, this would definitely hold up well and still bring a light feeling into the room. Affordable, appeals to the masses and still brought warmth into the space. Obviously the least creative option as well.
Option 3 was a dark slate tile that would pick up the blues on the walls. Dramatic, enduring and also appeals to the masses. However the blue undertoned color might give the room a stark feel (no natural light + blues everywhere = ultra cool…and when I say “cool” I mean “not inviting” instead of “awesome like Blossom”.)
After a quick consult with my boyfriend, we went with Option 2.
We picked out a couple options that ‘spoke to us’. I liked the english muffin tile – lighter colored with tons of nooks and crannys. Jeremy like the bagel – smooth, warmer colored and little variations. I won.
What really sealed the deal was the fact that we had leftover white grout from our kitchen backsplash project. And white went better with the lighter beige tile than the darker beige or the slate.
So now that you know what we chose, let’s get to the reveal. Afterall, my bathroom is screaming like Speidi – “I AM READY FOR MY CLOSEUP!”
Wonder what we did? Ok. Here’s a recap:
Wanna know the best part? I did 90% of the work all by myself. GIRL BOWER POWER! My dear husband did change the door hardware and trimmed the bottom of the door (which I could have done) and he helped me lift the old toilet off and put the new one on (which I could have done with another girl) and he carried the sink out to the kitchen (which I could have done with another girl) and he screwed in the toilet bolts (which I could have done). I am saying that I could have done this not because I am ridiculously competitive at times (which is true). I am sayin’ it because you women COULD DO THIS! Believe me…I am slightly above a down syndrome intelligence level. If I can do it….you can do it better.
Ok – back to the bathroom. I have tons of photos & info to share from this bathroom redo (including the budget breakdown) so if you wanna see all the details – stay tuned!