Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hello Guest Bath Reno

So I talked a little bit about our guest bathroom reno here, here, and here (and yes, that first link really was over a year ago - that's just how our house renovations roll).  It's time I start showing you what is actually taking place in that room instead of just showing you lovely inspiration images from other people's finished baths.  So today I'll share with you our tile floor.  I was really torn on what to do on the floors, I knew carrara, because I just can't have enough of i,t but I wasn't sure if I wanted to do the hexagons or just a large scale subway pattern or go for something a little different.  Well, I went for a chevron pattern.  The hex's I love but they were just going to cost too much so I opted for the chevron pattern simply using 3x6 carrara tile.  

So to remind you, here is what we started with:
And no, that is not blue paint, that I could have done something with, in reality it was really awful faux blue marble wallpaper, faux stone tile and a really ugly light fixture.

When we ripped up the tile we were amazed to find that the original white hexagon tiles were still underneath. (Circa 1930's?).  I so would have loved to have been able to salvage that but the mortar from the most recent tile job along with some drilling into the floor was not going to allow that but here is a shot of it anyway.

Here is an in progress photo of the carrara subway tile being installed herringbone style

Here is a fake finished bathroom photo.
There is a story behind this one. While we were working on this bathroom we also decided to refinance because the mortgage rates were so ridiculously low.  Well, we could not do that with an unfinished bathroom.  So we ran to Home Depot picked up a vanity, put it in along with our clawfoot tub, the faucet and lighting and painted it a simple grey I could live with for a little while.  The appraiser came over, our refi was completed and then we returned the vanity back to home depot and apparently forgot the room still existed.

Here is the bathroom today - finished floor, installed toilet and that is about it.

Still to do:
Put in wainscotting & baseboards
Order and install wallpaper
Install vanity/countertop & marble step
Hook up bath tub

The list looks short, but apparently it's so daunting that we have been frozen for 6 mos.  Hopefully posting these photos will get us motivated again.


  1. LOVE the herringbone tile! Can't wait to see it all complete. I can tell it is going to be gorgeous!

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that herringbone pattern. Gorgeous.

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  5. i LOVE your floors. I was wondering, is this finish of your tile honed or polished? Also, sometimes I see Carrara tile, and sometimes Carrara Bianco. Can you tell me which one you used? Was it from Home Depot? thank you so much!