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.


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

Fancy Flusher

The downstairs bathroom has been looking pretty swankified since we wrapped up on our reno a few months back, but alas, different projects started calling our name and left a few essentials untouched. Like the mirror for instance. Yes, our bathroom sat like this, sans mirror for 3-months. Sometimes, ya just lose your mojo.

Marble Tile Bathroom

The other thing that was kind of driving me bonkers was the curly cue toilet handle we had on the loo. Fancy shmancy, but not our taste, per say. Here it is stinking out like a (gold) thumb on the side of our ceramic white bowl. Time for the heeve ho.

Hex Marble Floor Tile

Since we had 5% cash back on our credit card at Lowes when we purchased our kitchen cabinets, I was pleasantly surprised to see some extra dolla billz in our rewards account this month. We like to use the rewards balance to get gift cards for things we know we will already be needing/wanting around this joint, so I decided to cash in $25 for a Lowes gift card. You better bet we’ll have that one spent before someone can say Davey Crocket. Did you just say it – cause we’ve already spent it. Word.

Turns out, in addition to being totally not our taste, the handle was also rusted and corroded on the inside of the tank, so we’ll just say this was a “necessary” home improvement vs. aesthetic. 😉

How to Install Toilet Handle

We were headed to bed last week, and since I thought this little house “to-do” would take 5 minutes or less, I asked the hubster if he wouldn’t mind just popping on the new handle. Since it would only take 5 minutes … Because it was super corroded on the inside though, this little task landed up taking a wee bit longer. 😉 Can you see the green spots of corrosion on the handle inside the tank? Unfortunately, all the wear and tear meant that instead of just using a wrench to loosen the handle connection, we had to basically break off the metal handle from the fixture attached inside the tank. Although we always try to give our house parts a second life by selling them on craigslist, or repurposing them, this little man was on his way to toilet handle heaven. RIP.

How to remove toilet handle

About 20 minutes of working on the handle later (really there wasn’t anything highly technical about how we removed the handle, so I omitted those “steps”, since it was really just working, and working, and working at it with the wrench… :)) we were ready to install the new guy, which was as simple as reattaching the handle to the “float” (which is what bobs up and down in the tank), and then fastening the nut on the inside to the tank with a wrench.

Installing new toilet handle

Voila!! Looking much better, no? That’s a fancy flusher for ya.

Moen Brushed Nickel Toilet Handle

The next night, we decided to move on to installing the new mirror. Now, I’d been searching for a while for a mirror, and in complete honesty, I really didn’t find anything that was calling my name. Since nothing was jumping out at me, and we really needed to solve our mirrorless b-room dilemma, I decided to go plain jane (for now) and just get a beveled one that will do it’s jobs without any of the frills. Basically, what a mirror should do.

Plus, when we were out and about, I spotted this mirror, for only $14.98. Score. My general thoughts are that if something else comes down in the line in a few months or a year, I won’t feel too bad about replacing a fifteen dollar mirror. Plus, for now I’m actually digging the clean lines that it adds to the space. Not crazy town about the little pegs that hold the mirror up on the sides, but for the price, I can’t complain.

Traditional Marble Bathroom

Now I’m thinking the final details for this space are some art work above the toilet, and perhaps a wee little basket for some hand towels as well.

Artwork Above Toilet