…well roughly 25sf anyhow…
So the floor has tile! And this was our first attempt at floor tile; a mighty successful one at that, I might add.
I’m going to do a separate HOW-TO post with more pictures and details, but when we first saw this “Faux wood tile” stuff a couple years ago we knew we would be installing it somewhere, someday. This bathroom redo gave us our chance to take a whack at it.
Since we’re going with an “Open & airy” feel in our small bath, the palette consists of mostly whites and grays, with some pop thrown in here and there.
We wanted the floor to ground out the lighter colors, but not clash with our hardwoods they butt up next to, so went with this faux gray wood tile.
We dabbled around and did the Home Depot & Lowe’s thing at first, but then decided to head to what’s known here in Jax as “Tile Alley” and spent some time getting edumacated by the big tile shops there.
We’re glad we did, because we were able to see sooooo many more selections and some vignettes they had set up utilizing different tile varieties and designs.
We ended up getting a pretty swell deal on the floor & wall tile, mortar, grout, professional grout ad-mixture, caulk and our molded plastic shampoo bottle niche that we all got from the same store (The Tile Shop, Inc.).
Long story short our bill for all that was about $800. Not bad for a small bath, while getting some premium tile that we wanted on sale. We were hoping to stay under $1000 for all the tile supplies. Winning!
The great part about going to a tile shop like that is that they have estimators on staff and as long as you have your square footages, they’ll be sure to order you the exact amount that you need for your space, eliminating the guess work.
We are happy with the way our tile job has turned out, although we must admit that it is a little more gray tone and a little less wood tone than what we were shooting for. It still is like night and day from what was there before. And we’re really happy with it, but we’re hoping that once everything is put back together and our vanity light is installed it will pull a slightly warmer color…we’ll see!
Grouting the tile was very easy. We used a hard tile float and smeared it into the cracks at a 45 degree angle. Then we used a barely damp sponge to wipe off all the excess.
I’m going to do a separate HOW-TO post about laying the floor tile soon!
It’s getting there, slowly but surely! Have a great weekend, guys!