A Bathroom Fit for a Queen (or King)

I’ve got a weak spot for Marble. Yes, I know, it stains, it etches, it ‘s expensive. Can’t help it, still love it. The hubby has basically forbid me from slapping marble down for kitchen counter tops (cry), but I’ve moved on, and I’ve decided to just put it down on every other acceptable surface in the house. Cue downstairs bathroom reno.

I adore the selection (and decent prices) of mosaic marble at the Tile Shop, so when I saw they were having a sale this weekend, I jumped on it. I was expecting to get 10% off since we were way below the $500 mark, but Nate at the Tile Shop happens to rock, and he gave us 20% off. Put your hands in the a-ir, like you just don’t c-are. So basically, hit up your local Tile Shop, cause they rock! They also have lots of rocks…

The Tile Shop
Tile Shop Sale!

I’d had my eye on some of their pretties for a while, so it never hurts to get a few dollar bills knocked off the price. I was a bit bummed to see that my prime candidate had increased $1/square foot since I pinned it to my pinterest board a few months back, but ya know, can’t win them all. Here are a few of the leading contenders for the bathroom flooring option that we scoped out during the visit.

Marble Mosaic Tile
Marble Mosaic Tile

I love the basketweave on this one, and I’m seriously considering this for our basement bathroom remodel. It had a beautiful green glass tile in it, but it was a little heavy on the grout in person. Since the pattern has so many cuts in it, the grout just seemed too predominant.

Marble Hex Tile
Marble Hex Tile

This 5″ Marble Hex Tile had me at hello. I actually liked that this one was more consistently white across the board with less of the grey in it. Although I think the grey variation is beautiful, I’m just not certain I’m totally in love with it for our quite small space. At $15.99/square foot though – it was the most expensive of the options we looked at.

Black and White Marble Basketweave Tile
Black and White Marble Basketweave Tile

And this one offered a very traditional look with the black squares. I think this option looks great when it’s used as an inset on a larger pattern, a la this photo. Also a very nice option, but I’m aiming to be a bit more monochromatic in the upstairs bath.

Small Marble Hex Tile
Small Marble Hex Tile

If you can’t tell, marble was definitely the theme with our selections. 😉 In the end… I went for the one I had been pegging for all along. It’s a really nice, 2″ hex mosiac tile with some grey toned variation in it. I think it is going to look super fine slapped down on my floor. For reference, I am pretty sure this is the same tile Katie Bower recently used in her abode, totally love it as a backsplash as well. Of the sections we selected, the pattern is predominately white, and really has very little grey like the lower portion of this photo.

We had $285 budgeted for JUST the tile, but with our wham bam alacazam deal, we were able to snag the tile, a new blade, sealant,  thin set, a trowel, a float and (2) sponges for $296. Boom Boom Fire Power. Here is a picture of our loot. Can’t wait to start the install!

Supplies for bathroom renovation
Tile Shop Trip

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