Marble Herringbone Tile in the Bath

Yes, I know. I’ve kept you waiting dear friends. Holiday breaking just felt so nice, and with the munchkin only 11-weeks out, we’ve been oh so busy in this little house of ours getting the abode/ourselves ready for our babes grand entrance.

One of the bigger(ish) things on my to-do list was to get our little bathroom gutted and revamped.

Truth be told, I’m pretty smitten with how the space turned out! Here is a shot of our marble herringbone tile up close!

Marble Herringbone Tile

True to form, we installed one of my favorite bathroom looks, a marble herringbone tile.

We love a clean and traditional look, so we decided to go with a nice crisp white subway tile for the tub surround. The room feels so much brighter, and less dingy now!

Inset Storage for Shower

Knowing that every inch of space counted in our tiny little loo, we also decided to try something new for this renovation, and installed an inset within the shower for shampoo and other shower essentials.

It’s the perfect size for all our bathroom beauty products – I’m so SO glad we decided to do this!

Inset Storage in Shower

Working off the finish on the tub, I snagged these sconces from Home Depot for $30 each. Can’t beat the price. and love how they look in the space. Simple and elegant.

Nickel Sconces

We lucked out with our toilet, which, believe it or not – only cost us $40! Here in Durham, there is a local rebate for $100 for any household that replaces an old toilet, with a new efficient model. We went from a toilet that used 3.5 gallons per flush, to this one, which uses 1.09 gallons per flush. For a pregnant women that tinkles more than I ever thought humanly possible, I’m pretty sure this was $40 well spent 😉 I love how it looks up against the marble herringbone tile pattern!

Inexpensive Dual Flush Toilet

Another cost cutter in this space was our sink! Initially we planned on just reusing the old one, but alas, once we got the new toilet in, we realized it didn’t fit! We landed up selling the old kohler on craigslist for $80, and finding this pedestal sink at the habitat for humanity reuse store for $11. WIN.

Inexpensive Bathroom Sink

Jay and I each have a favorite thing about our newly renovated bath. For me, I think I’ve found my new paint color. Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. It’s delish – perfection. (see it in our next house here)

Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

Jay’s favorite add on – the new mega sized shower head. Sitting in the lap of luxury peeps.

Upgraded Shower Head

So there you have it! Our new herringbone marble tile bath. Man, it feels good to have that one off the list!

Want to see all the products sourced and some of my other favorite bathroom finds? I’ve got them all saved on this pinterest board 🙂

Plumb de Dumb

We all have a nemesis in life, plumbing just happens to be my dear, sweet husband’s. Want to see my man cuss like a sailor till he’s blue in the face? Ask him to plumb your bathroom. I’ve done it a few times and the sailor in him comes out just a hair more each time. Since I prefer guy’s of the soft and sweet genre, I’ve decided that plumbing just aint something Jay’s going to tackle. Not on this project at least. 😀

We figured since we’d be doing all the other finishes, we could pay someone to come in and do the nitty gritty back end stuff for us. Overall, to have rough-ins installed for our toilet and sink, we we’re out $700. A decent chunk of dough, but I think we will be pretty glad we made the investment come selling time. For reference, plumbing for just the half bath vs. the full option with a walk-in shower, saved us about $1,400 in plumbing costs alone, ($4,000 when you factor in the fixtures) which was one of the main reasons we opted to can the shower option.

Cost of Adding New Bathroom

Now I personally find that to be a head scratcher (really, $1,400 MORE for 3 feet more of plumbing) but we got (3) quotes, and each one reflected a significant bump up for the extra fixture. Meh, what do I know. 🙂 All in all, I’m pretty glad that we decided to got with the more petite option since this attic has been a hairy beast so far, it’s sorta nice to lighten the load when we’re able.

After the plumbers left, we had water lines running up from our downstairs bath right into the new room. Voila.

Plumbing Rough in Cost

Overall, I can’t recommend our plumber enough! His name was Brian and he was pretty much a plumbing ninja. He came in and did all the work within one day and you could tell he was doing quality work (using copper vs. shark bites, etc). If you’re local – I’d be more than happy to pass along his info.

After we added the backer board to the space, we had this. A nice, flat surface for us to get cracka lackin’ with some flooring!

Board and Batten in small bathroom

Now to actually be at a point in this renovation where we’re putting down FLOORING is like angels singing. Happy, happy day my friends.

What made it an even happier day was seeing how lovely the tiles we picked out looked down in the room. Meeeooooowwwww.

Subway Tile Patterns

Notice anything familiar about this pattern. Yes. It’s true. I love me herringbone so dang much that for the upstairs bath we just flipped the pattern a bit and made it a 90 degree herringbone pattern vs. the traditional style we did in our downstairs bath and kitchen. Jay was happy since this meant all the cuts didn’t have to be done on an angle. Husband is happy and wifie is happy too, well how about that.

The next morning (in much better lighting) I snapped this photo of the tiles sans grout. Yep, that’s a winner.

Marble Subway Tile Herringbone Pattern

The key to keeping everything kumbaya with this pattern is just to make sure the end of each tile isn’t overlapping, or leaving an edge. We used 1/16″ spacers and we found that they’re a little less forgiving than an 1/8th inch option, so if we could do it again, we’d probably space them out more. Live and learn. If you’re new to tiling, the spacers are definitely extremely helpful to get a consistent and quality finish.

Truth be told, we did have one such unpleasant incident. The hubby blames it on the dry walling job, but we did have some inconsistencies in our walls, which led to a big old gap at one point in the pattern. Luckily, we were able to see it happening as we went along, so we made sure to strategically locate this one deviation smack dab under the sink. Although it’s not ideal, it should be completely hidden once we get our vanity installed. #Should.

Fixing Gap in Tile Pattern

Since we liked the grout we used in the other two bathrooms so much, we decided to just stick with our tried and true favorite – Whisper Grey from the Tile Shop.

We grabbed all our grouting essentials (a float, our sponge and the grout) and got to working!

How to Grout Floor

This first time we put down Whisper Grey, I freaked out a bit since it looked way darker than the samples they had up at the store. You can see in the photo below that it almost looks charcoal as it goes up. Don’t fear, this drys much lighter and softer.

Whisper Grey Grout

After our initial pass with the grout float, we came back through to shape the grout and wipe down the excess. The back of the container suggests waiting 2 hours to come through for your final haze wipe off, but we noticed things drying up about an hour and a half later, so we decided to wipe everything down then.

The next morning, our bathroom looked like this.

Marble Tile Floor Grey Grout

Here is a close up shot, too. The grout still has just a tinge of drying to do (this was taken 10 hours after the coat), but overall, I’m pretty sold on this grout color. I think it looks great with the marble hues.

Whisper Grey Grout

Alright, y’all want a cost breakdown of what this lovely looker set us back?

For marble floors, I’ll take it! Next step, installing the toilet and vanity!! Yippie kai you kai yeh.