A Little Late Coming | The Bathroom Threshold

Sometimes, you just lose your mojo on a project. You have the best intentions of dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s, but then you shrug your shoulders and say, meh, good enough. That was the fate of our upstairs bath, where a few details were left, well, unfinished. Case A: the threshold.

Removing Bathroom Threshold
Bathroom Threshold

An especially troublesome spot. Top left corner. Whoops – not enough tile … Jay thought I wouldn’t catch it, snicker. This area actually became a little bit of a conundrum for us, since Jay’s plan was to just have the threshold pop up and cover the gap. Yep, didn’t work. Too much of an angle. I finally gave into his solution, which was to just add some extra grout to help cover the gap. Not the best solution, but hey, it’ll do.

How to install a bathroom threshold
Bathroom Threshold

Since our first threshold popped off during the renovation project and split a bit, we were unable to put humpty dumpty back together, and had to break out the wallet and buy a new one. Since they are all of $7 at the store, no harm done.

How to install a threshold
Cutting the Trim

After measuring our location, and using the old threshold as a general guideline, we took the new guy out to the garage and started slicing and dicing. It’s always nice when you have a template to use (i.e. old item) since you can hack off the wood with a bit more confidence that your new piece is actually going to fit. Always good.

How to installed threshold
New Threshold

And here is the new guy, sans paint. That’ll do pig, that’ll do. Always good to do a dry fit in before you pull out the paint brush and commit to your final sizing.

White Painted bathroom threshold
Painted Threshold

After we painted the threshold, and screwed it in, things were looking a whole lot more polished in this little bath of ours. Much better than the bare floor we had chilling there for a month or so. I think it could benefit from one more quick coat of paint, but for know, I’m saying done.

Tile Close Up
Tile Close Up

We tried to get the threshold to perfectly cover the janky tile in the back, but alas, there was still some area that was unable to be covered on it. Since the grout dries quite light, it is pretty difficult to tell that the area is missing something. Not ideal, but hey, it’s for reallz. Sometimes the home reno projects leave a few small details to be desired. Live and learn, my friend.

White painted threshold
Threshold with Door Closed

And with the door shut, this joint is looking mighty fine. No more 2″ gap between the door and the floor. I call that a success!

This is the Bathroom Remodel That Never Ends

Yes, it goes on and on my friends. Some people, started renovating it, not knowing how hard it was, and they’ll continue renovating it forever just because. This is the bathroom model that never ends.

Yes, yes indeed it is. Did you think I was going to go into another verse there when you saw “yes” again? He, he. The things I do to entertain myself – anywhooo… Between the tile, the sink, the insulation, the backerboard (etc, etc) we are feeling like this guy could be done any day now. But then, we wake up, and we still have a dusty, unfinished, messy bathroom. Oye. Atleast it’s not our only one (bathroom), right? Been there, done that, and it ain’t pretty. Here’s a picture of our dust saturated table – over it! I was like dusting on the hour.

Messy house!
Bathroom Remodel Mess

Last week brought lots of progress in this little room though, so I thought I’d share some updated photographs so y’all can see what awesome work the hubby has been doing. Here is a before picture of the floor. I was pretty nervous I was going to hate the grout (it was so dark before it dried completely) but I am totally in love with it. I think the gray works better than white for the floor. Easier to keep clean and it ties it the tile color better in my opinion.

Marble Hex Tile
Marble Hex Tile

We decided to cheat a bit on the floor install ūüėČ Anything to avoid an extra cut! Where you see all the gaps, we will be adding quarter round. Hubby’s idea. By this point in the process I was too tired to even resist. Rare, very rare. I said, as long as it doesn’t look janky – go for it. Quarter round for the win. The bottom portion of the photo is the tub, and that will have quarter round as well. That’s where the cheating part comes in. ūüėČ Jay’s justification (which I agree with) is that the tile would have been very difficult to cut, and may had¬†inconsistencies¬†we had to cover up anyway (with caulk, or trim), this way, we were able to avoid making any cuts, and to still get the same¬†aesthetic¬†result. Boo to the ya.

Marble Hex Floor Tile
Marble Floor Tile

From the doorway, things are looking much more bright, airy and open. Notice anything different from this view? The sink is in! For the first few days, this sink was like looking really big. Really, really big. I think we got used to not have anything¬†in the bathroom so this addition felt really intrusive. But … we needed a sink. As¬†spacious as the room felt without it, it’s not very practical to ditch it all together. After a few days, I’ve¬†cautiously¬†befriended the sink and I’ve decided it’ll do. That’ll do pig, that’ll do.¬†¬†Plus I like having a close and¬†convenient¬†place to suds my teeth and face, so that puts the sink up a few pegs on my list as well.

Marble Hex Bathroom Floor
Bathroom | Progress

We debated back and forth on the sink we wanted, and eventually, we pulled out the big guns and went with this Porcher pedestal sink. Ultimately, although a smaller sink is nice for flow in the room, we opted to add 2 inches in the name of storage on the sink basin and general functionality. My poor husband had to squat down a few feet to use the last sink. Good for your buns and thighs, not so good in the function category.

Porcher Pedestal Sink
Porcher Pedestal Sink

Plus, I felt paying $70 bucks more for a sink you actually loved, and one that function better, was just a better investment for us in the long term. So, we shelled out some extra simolians and called it a day. Look how lurverly it looks up close. Tres chic.

Porcher Pedestal Sink 24"
Pedestal Sink | Porcher

Still to do before we call this room good and D.O.N.E.

  • Paint window trim (again)
  • Paint and install the quarter round
  • Purchase and install the lighting
  • Purchase and install the faucet

Almost there!

Floored

Since the herringbone tile install may or may not have started WW III round these parts, I think Jay and I were both pretty¬†relieved that the flooring install was much easier and more straightforward. Helps that we cheated a bit, and I guess it helps when you are just plopping down 12×12″ tile and calling it a day.¬†Especially when you only got 20 sq feet to do! ūüėČ To refresh your memory, here is the tile we picked out from the Tile Shop for the bathroom. Lurrrve it.

Small Marble Hex Tile
Small Marble Hex Tile

After ripping out all the old, we were ready to bring in the new. Before Jay started laying everything down with mortar, I came through and positioned the tiles a bit, just to avoid colors congregating too much in one area, and making everything look uneven.

Marble Hexagon Tile
Laying Down Tile

Since we already did the mortar and backerboard play by play, I thought I go right into the fun stuff with this post ūüôā First, here is a picture of the messy mess created by ripping out all the old tile. Not pretty, very dusty, and generally gross.

How to remove tile
Messy Bathroom

The perks of a small space though, quick clean up, especially with this handy little sucker, who was my tried and true pal throughout this renovation process. Jay was the mess maker and and was the quicker picker upper. I would just wait for him to give me to go ahead, with my trigger finger over the on button and I’d start sucking it all up. Not sure what’s wrong with me, but vacumms are like my fav. I especially love a shop vac – they are super suckers.

Lowes Shop Vac
Shop Vac

Since we were putting down marble, we did have to seal the tile first, before moving on to grouting. The man at the tile shop convinced us to get this fancy shmancy stuff. I think I choked on my spit when he said it was $30, but while I was recovering, the salesman was convincing my husband of it’s super star sealing properties. Somehow it was placed in my basket and I’ve justified it through the fact that we are installed a marble floor in the basement as well, so we can at least reuse it. AND you can use it for grout sealing as well, so it’s a multi-purpose tool. Or so they say.

To seal it, you just grab a paint brush and lightly coat the entire floor, or area you are looking to protect. Jay likened it to installed rainex, wax on, wax off. Just got to buff it a bit after you let it sit, and it’s¬†supposedly¬†good for 5 years. Once you notice that water is not beading up on the tile anymore, you should probably reseal it, just to keep the tile in tip top shape.

How to Seal Marble Tile
Sealing Marble Tile

After it was sealed, it was time to grout! We opted to get a slightly darker grout for the floor and it looks so very nice next to the handsome grey/white tone textures on the floor pattern.

How to grout marble tile
Grouting Tile

It’s pretty dark when you¬†initially¬†put it down, but eventually to dries and looks quite a bit lighter. I’ll post some after pictures soon! Now just the trim and we are ready to install our toilet back it!! Since we have had to cart our bums down to the basement to use the bathroom as of late, this is a very exciting development ūüôā

Bathroom Plans: The BIG Picture

Now that I gave you a glimpse of the bathroom floor, I figured I should spill the beans on the overall look we are going for in the room. I’ve been dreaming of this bathroom for a looonnnggg time. The first house was the guinnea pig, and now I’m ready to seal the deal and I think that this time we can make it happen. It helps that this house has more than ONE shower, so we can take more than a week to bust this beast out. My plan is for us to take our time with this one so we can get the right results.

For this home, we are looking for a serene and tranquil bathroom experience. This bathroom is tight¬†and every inch of space needs to be utilized to the MAX. Right now there is just a dingy little shelf that is the only storage location for things in the bathroom and that just leads to obscene amounts of clutter – it’s not pretty. Although the dimensions on this sketch are not 100% accurate (the computer program would not all me to customize all the dimensions) here is an idea of the footprint we are currently working with:

Small Bathroom Layout
Downstairs Bathroom

The sink obviously does not take up that much room, but as you can see, we don’t have a lot of space to work with. Especially since we need to actually ADD storage, because this bathroom is just not functioning at the moment. Here is the mood board I made for the bathroom to give you an idea for the look and feel we are going for. White marble will definitely be the base of the room, with some gold and polished nickel accents throughout the room.

Marble bathroom, antique bronze, polished nickel
Bathroom Mood Board

Right now, the biggest hurtles between our current crappola bathroom, and my swanky vision is a hunka hunka pile of money (mainly! ūüėČ and a few details that we are still not sure about regarding storage. Since the space is so. darn. small. it is really hard to find functioning storage, that doesn’t take up so much of the footprint that it is intrusive. We’ve already got the tile, mentioned here, so our to-do list for this bathroom is currently looking like this:

  1. Rip out the current tile
  2. Install backer board for new tile
  3. Replace existing sink
  4. Determine storage solution, install storage
  5. Install new tile surround in tub
  6. Install new flooring
  7. Paint baseboard trim
  8. Install final details (lighting, mirror, etc)

Right now, our budget for the space is $1,500, which is way more than we have ever spent on a bathroom, in complete honesty! BUT this is our main house bathroom, and I really want this room to shine, so we are pulling out all the stops (and our pocketbooks) to make it a gem. Consumer Reports estimates that average cost for a mid-range bathroom reno is $16,000 with upscale Masters costing as much as $52,000 (WHATTT!!!!), so if we can make this a space fit for a¬†Grecian¬†goddess for $1,500 buckaroos, I’ll have a smile on my face. Actually, I probably won’t be smiling until the memory of my wallet¬†hemorrhaging is well in my past, but long term, I am pretty pumped about this room’s potential. We will do an entire budget breakdown of the process once everything is said and done. Hopefully, the process isn’t too painful, and hopefully, it looks as gorgeous as the bathroom below when we are done!

White Marble Bathroom Inspiration
White Marble Bathroom Inspiration

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. ūüėČ 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