Monday, March 30, 2015

Green tile goes bye bye

We have finally started work on our downstairs powder room!
If you want to take a walk down memory lane and see what it was originally looking like, you can visit here.

The bathroom wasn't that bad to start with but it definitely didn't reflect our style and was in need of some updating, especially the hunter green tile.

Originally we were going to try to keep the renovation relatively simple it ever simple?
 I'll share our reasons for moving the plumbing around in another post. 

Back to the green tile. 
It had to go. 

But removing it wasn't going to be easy because the tiles were set in concrete. 
Busting it out would be extremely time consuming, frustrating, and messy.
So after consulting with many many people (our father-in-laws, my handy uncle that helped us tile our kitchen, the guys at the hardware store, etc.) and reading about it online, we decided that tiling over the existing tile would be our best option.

We were a little skeptical and nervous but luckily it worked!

Here's a quick rundown of how we did it:
First, we prepped the old green tile by roughing up the surface with a belt sander and a 60 grit sandpaper. 
Then, we cleaned it.
Next, we used a modified thin-set (this one actually) that is designed for this kind of tiling job. 

The tile we used by the way is a 3 inch carrara marble hexagon.
It still needs to be grouted, which we hope to get done in the next week.

I can't tell you how much brighter and lighter the space already feels. 
Goodbye dark green!

Next up for this bathroom besides grouting:
1. Install corner rounds along the woodwork and paint all of the woodwork.
2. Half-plank the walls.
3. Paint the top half of the walls and ceiling.
4. Have the plumber come back to install new toilet and vanity.
5. My favorite part...accessorize!

- Caitlin


  1. Pretty Tile! Good luck on the rest of the room :)

    1. Thanks so much, Emily! An improvement, right? I definitely will be sharing more progress on the room soon. Stay tuned!

  2. Beautiful! Can you share where you got tile from or name of color? Thx!

    1. Thanks! It's from The Tile Shop and here's the link:

  3. What color grout did you end up going with?

    1. We used Polyblend's Delorean Gray. I'm happy with how it looks!


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