This past week we’ve been making some MAJOR progress on the master bathroom. It’s been our “late bloomer” you could say. While most of the other rooms were getting painted and stained and tiled, it was just sitting there, gutted, all summer with no attention whatsoever. But now, its moment has arrived!
I’ll wait to share full details on this room’s before/after transformation, but let me just tell you—it’s been epic. I think it’s going to win the award for “most improved” (and the kitchen is not too happy about that).
One of the most exciting updates is the herringbone tile floor. I shopped all over for tile and I’ll let you in on a little secret—it’s expensive! Like, make-you-wanna-cry-expensive. And even when you save your pennies by choosing less expensive tile options, the installation is still typically twice as much as installing wood. Since we did multiple rooms at once, the cost added up FAST, and we realized quickly that fancy, patterned marbles were not an option in our budget. So for the small part of our bathroom that is tile floor, we decided to go with the same super-basic 12×12 marble that we did for our kitchen, breakfast nook and sunroom. I loved it in those bigger spaces, but for our bathroom I was concerned that it wouldn’t look right. It’s a VERY small floor space and I really wanted small tile to give it a fuller, more patterned look (but again, my budget said “NO”).
One day when I was watching a contractor cut tile for our kitchen, I had the idea to cut down the 12×12 tile into strips to create a herringbone pattern for that small bathroom floor. It’s a lot of extra effort (and usually an extra cost) to add a lot of extra cuts, but I worked it out with our (AMAZING) tile guy, and he agreed to try it for us.
This simple technique took our bathroom floors from “pretty” to “pretty amazing”. It’s a great way to customize a less expensive tile to make it feel more expensive and custom.
We decided to cut down the 12×12 marble to 4×12 strips, so each piece has two extra cuts. The results are incredible! Here are a few photos from the first day they went down (they’re still pretty messy, so don’t judge).
AUGH! It’s SO GOOD, right? I’m so happy we tried something a little different for this space. It feels like the perfect fit! Renovating is such a funny thing because it’s SO. BORING. for months and months and months, and then at the end, it’s kind of like fun overload when the finishes start coming in.
I can’t wait to share more from our bathroom adventures (yep—adventures) with you. It’s been a crazy year, and I have learned more about homes and renovating than the rest of my life combined. For now I just wanted to pop in and share this quick tip for making less expensive marble tile look more custom! xx- Elsie
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson.