Bathroom floor going in!

6 Jul

Here it is! Hurray!!!!

I have a crazy mishmash of materials, and a great handyman who’s putting it all together. Give Dave Lane Home Improvement a call if you’re in Western Mass.

To start with, I had a box of 12×12 inch slate tiles, a whole bunch of off-white 4×4 hex tiles, and four boxes of cream 4×4 hex tiles (that were a different height from the off-white ones). I’d gotten the off-white hex tiles at Re-Store about 4 to 5 years ago. I was going to put them in the Butler’s Pantry, but realized I didn’t have enough of them. So I went to a local tile store and special ordered some to match, but they didn’t really match. I also got the slate there because it was really nice and I thought I’d use it as a border in the Butler’s Pantry (still awaiting the Butler, by the way). I wound up installing cork floor tiles in the BP which was a great choice, b/c they’re really soft and nice to walk on. Meanwhile, I stashed the tiles up in my “attic” (spare room) and figured I’d do something with them sometime.

I thought it would work to do about a 3″ border of the slate tiles, then a few rows of the Re-Store tiles, then about a 1/5″ border of slate and the newer cream colored tiles. I thought wrong. The room is so skewed and un-square that in some places, the slate border is about 6″ and in some it’s about 1″. Yikes — but by making the border such that the tiles around it are square, Dave made a great call. The border will fade out of view, and the viewer (that would be me in the tub)’s eye will just notice the nice hex tiles.

Due to the extreme slate usage, there wasn’t enough to do a smaller border with it, but I definitely needed something to mark the transition from one tile to the other (not only b/c of the color difference, but also due to the difference in height. So I popped over to Home Depot and got several sheets of this cute marbley mosaicy pattern that I’d seen there recently.

It took Dave the whole day to get the border area laid out and cut (and it was the hottest day of the year, God bless his soul for doing it in this horrendous weather), b/c there were so many crazy pieces, but here it is — laid out in all its fabulous glory and ready to be installed tomorrow! yay!!!!!

I just stood there admiring it for several minutes — it looks so so good. I can’t wait to see it all in (and then I have to grout it — bleah)!


2 Responses to “Bathroom floor going in!”

  1. liz July 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    I can’t wait to see the full room! This is great!

  2. Alexis L., The Studioist July 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    I’ve seen that mosaic at Home Depot tons of times and never thought of it in a border application. Love your floor.

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