I hope you are not finding these home improvement post regarding our bathroom remodel too boring. I hope that you will find something you can take away from these posts and apply it to your own home...if nothing more, maybe you will be inspired by the fact that you CAN do it, just put your mind to it, and try!
Today, I want to show you the floor in our bathroom. I had purchased these tiles at a salvage discount store here in Ft. Worth last February. I purchased these tiles for our bathroom remodel at our cabin in Colorado. These were very inexpensive. I paid $41.00 for enough tiles to do a tub surround at the cabin, and I had plenty left over. This same tile purchased at a tile store in our area would have cost me well over $185.00. Believe me, I priced it. This is high quality, Italian tiles, not seconds. Actually, this tile was better than the $185.00 stuff I had looked to buy at the tile store. I was pleased at the price an the quality.
I had so much left over, I had enough to tile the floor of our bathroom at our home. Now, I could have purchased new tile, and I most likely would have wanted something a little more flashy, but I already had this, so I could not see spending any money for tile when I had some. We tiled (had our handyman) tile the floor in a brick pattern.
Cost of tile: FREE! We had to purchase grout and thin set, total price for that: $32.00
So for a new floor, tiled we paid a total of $32.00 How about that!
Here is the look before the tile was grouted.
And this is the tile after the grouting had been done. It is a neutral color, durable, and I like the pattern.
Granted, I know I said this tile was free, because it was left over from another project. And I realize everyone does not have tile laying around. I would suggest looking in the phone book for salvage places in your area for tile if you are looking for a small amount. You can also check on Craigslist under materials, for tile and just about anything else you can imagine when undergoing a remodel. Don't forget Craigslist, you can come across some great deals...and the price is always better than paying retail. I have seen some ads on Craigslist for free tile, grout, and mirrors. You never know what you can find until you start to look.
Remember I told you about the vanity demolition? Well, now, I had to find a vanity and stay within a budget without compromising quality and style. Well, I remembered a photo from The Pioneer Women's blog of a bathroom she remodeled during her Lodge remodel project. I was at Loewe's and a local Surplus store looking at vanities. I did not find anything that I was willing to pay over $700.00 for. Really, have you priced bathroom vanities? Not only are they overpriced, but the all look the very same, only the colors and wood styles are different. I did not find anything that spoke to me, then I remembered Pioneer Women's vanity in the photo of her remodel. I decided that was what I wanted for my bathroom too...... only a bit different....one that was more me.
This is not my photo. This is from The Pioneer Women's blog, and this is my inspiration photo for my bathroom. Please look at her beautiful photos on her blog regarding the makeover of their lodge...it is a dream....simply a dream. For more great photos of the bathroom, click Here. You will really enjoy the photos of their lodge remodel, I like to visit and just dream....
Like I said, this was my inspiration.....only. I had my own vision for our vanity.....and I had to sell it not only my husband, but to Matt, our handyman....and that was not easy.....they both thought I was crazy....Nope, it was not a easy sell. I wish you would have seen their faces when I told them what I wanted to do. It was not a pretty sight.
See ya' Monday for the rest of this story.