Tag Archives: Marble Tile

I Like Shiney Things

26 Apr

I’m on a marble kick, what can I say. And when it’s $3.99 per square foot (thanks for the heads up Bryn!), say no more. Done and done. Here is a progress shot of our basement bathroom. Looking mighty fine.

Marble 12x12 Tile

Marble Bathroom

We had a few things to consider when plopping down this round of tiles, notably, what pattern did we want to do, and how did we want to deal with the threshold at the front of the door. Before, the tile hung over the threshold just a wee bit, and it actually caused the tiled to pop right up since every time someone walked over them they would be leveraged upward. Made for some easy demo on the first row of tiles, you could literally just pick them up with your hands they had gotten so loose over time. Not good, amigo. Not good.

Marble Threshold

Marble Threshold

Since they sell marble thresholds/window sills (typically used for windows in bathrooms), we decided to just snag one of those and use it as the threshold at the front of the room, thinking it would tie everything together and look at bit more seamless than putting down a wood threshold. Although the grain on this piece is a little different than the rest of the tiles, overall, I think it looks pretty good! We made sure to put the threshold right on the edge of the room this time, to avoid the popping tile issue we had last time around. Notice in the picture above that there is about a 1 inch incline between the rest of the basement and the bathroom.

How to install a threshold

Door Threshold

The front of the threshold will get some love when we add the trim in. Right now, it’s just some plywood and it’s looking a little rough around the edges. Hopefully that piece of trim will tie things together a bit more and make it look polished and purty.

Speaking of polished and purty – we had a little mishap with the tile around the toilet/plumbing opening. Jay got a little extra zealous with his tile cutting and trimmed too much off of this guy, below. Although we might be able to get around it with some caulk and clever positioned of the toilet – I’m not going to lie – I’m a wee bit concerned about how it’s going to turn out.

Tile Around Toilet

Tile Installation

A battle ensued – Jay: I DON’T want to cut another fareaking tile. That was really hard. I refuse to do that again. Arms crossed. Me: Ummmm….. but there is a giant hole where there should not be one. In the tile. Right there. Can’t you see it.

Jay won. I am getting weak in my old age. We are just going to caulk the heck out of it and hope it doesn’t show after the toilet is positioned. Stay tuned.

How to lay tile down

Laying Tile Down

It’s a pretty small bathroom, and the tiles were 12×12, so luckily it moved quickly and we got the whole room tiled in 2-nights. Since we already had the mortar and grout out and handy from our upstairs reno – this one seemed to move along quite swimmingly. Other than said mishap regarding au toilet.

How to install marble tiles

Marble Tiles

Before we grout, we’ll have to go back through and get the extra mortar out from between the tiles. Learned the hard way that this stuff has really got to be completely cleaned out, otherwise you have gray mortar creeping through after your grout. It’s not the best look. 🙂

So still to do on this bathroom:

  • Paint cabinet and walls
  • Re-install toilet
  • Grout and seal tile
  • Add new light fixture
  • Add trim and quarter round
  • Install artwork

Tile feels like the hardest part of all that to me though, so I’m glad we’ve got it behind us!



29 Mar

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! 😉 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 🙂 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 🙂

A Bathroom Fit for a Queen (or King)

6 Feb

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