Back to My Usual Antics

It feels like everything in this house right now is kind of outside of our control. Our kitchen – delayed 4-weeks (post on THAT next week). Our laundry room – didn’t pass inspection (plumber is back today to finish it up). Our chimney – it’s leaking to the tune of a big old puddle in our living room when we walked in from a long day tonight. So needless to say, when I could reach for a creature comfort that I knew would work, and I knew would look glorious with a capital G – you guys – I went for it.

I thought about being adventurous, but then I crawled back to that warm and familiar place. Herringbone tile. Yep, iiiittt’s baaaccckkk!!

Marble Floor in Laundry Room

Yes, I love this stuff. Testament from our last house, here.

Herringbone_Tile_Subway_Pattern

and here.

DIY Herringbone Backsplash

What can I say. If the shoe fits, I’m going to wear it.

I mean, for a quick second, I thought about being all crazy and switching it up – I even went out and bought the tile. But once we had our plumbing in, and I got a true view of how small our actual footprint for flooring would be, I knew the 6×18 inch tile was just going to be way too big for the space.

Leonia Silver Tile

So, back to Home Depot we went, and out I came with my favorite marble to date. Added bonus, it’s just over $5 a square foot. For marble subway tile. Holla!!

Jay nixed the traditional herringbone style (vertical orientation, like our kitchen backsplash), since he belly ached at me it was too hard. And since it’s our laundry room, and I like this style almost as much, I said okey dokee! With my help, we were able to get this installation done in about an hour.

Here is a close up of how the pattern turned out.

Marble Herringbone Subway Tile

Like I mentioned above, this particular marble subway tile is a steal of a deal at $5.69 per square foot, which was another reason that we decided to jump for this when we did. There are some trade-offs with the cheap route on this one – a decent amount of the tiles were really not my jam (discolored).

In our case, we decided the best work around was to buy a few extra containers of the tile and consider this sunk cost for getting this great of a deal on a marble tile. Lucky for us, we also overbought, so we were able to return a few containers after the install was complete, as well.

Believe it or not, we only had to tile 15 square feet of space in the laundry room, so our total out of pocket cost was under $90 for the flooring. You’ll notice that the plumbing is quite a bit higher over on the left than I thought it would be, so we’ve got some big plans for building a base around that to cover it up, and to build a nice built-in bookcase for storage along that wall.

Adding Laundry on Second Floor

In addition to snagging a steal of a a deal on the tile, we also got quite a discount on our washer/dryer unit, too. Although still pretty darn expensive (IMO), we knocked a few hundred off the price by doing some online sleuthing prior to committing. Sad story, a week later they were $100 less than we paid online, but ya know, that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

Samsung Front Loading Washer and Dryer

Since I’ve never met a marble tile I didn’t like, I thought it would also be fun to do a round-up of some of my favorites in my search, too! Enjoy 😀

Best Marble Floor Options

Greecian White // Greecian White Basketweave // Greecian White Hexagon // Greecian White Subway