Friday, January 30, 2009

Bathroom Remodel: Floors & Inspiration Photo

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 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 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.


  1. You have got to be kidding me! I saw this bathroom on PW's site, and could not believe did something similar????

    I don't think I can wait till Monday.....Please post before Monday!!!!!

    Is your handyman for hire and does he travel?? LOL

  2. You got that tile for $32??? I can't get over it! I can hardly wait to read "the rest of the story"!!!

  3. WOW! the tile is great looking. I love the price. I so want to tile my bathroom floor. I think the brick style is just right. Now I can't wait to see your vanity idea. I hope it will be posted tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your re-modeled floor.

    I am looking forward to our cabin stay this summer. Bo and I are going to plan to meet a day before we arrive. Fun, fun, fun!


  4. Wellll, so what's the total?? ...or are you going to give bits and pieces prices first?

  5. You did a great job - love the floor.

    When my house looks like "The Lodge", I'll know that I've died and gone to heaven!!!

  6. I can't wait to see it and I think it is great to not spend gobs of money when you found exactly what you wanted.
    Have a Great Friday!
    Roberta Anne

  7. LOVE those tiles... feels tuscan or something.

    And I can't wait to find out what this crazy idea of yours is :)

  8. oooo you're so mean. I can't wait till Monday. And home remodels are never boring--I love them!

  9. Love this! What a wonderful looking floor. I can not wait for the rest of the story.....This is a fun on-going post!!

  10. love the new floor!!!! I also like the inspiration photo! I am looking forward to seeing more!
    have a good weekend!

  11. Wow, I cannot wait to see the finished product!!!!!!!!

  12. You totally scored with that tile! A few years ago, I was pricing vanities at Lowe's and Home Depot, and of course, the ones I liked the most cost a small fortune. I can't wait to see yoru bathroom when it's all finished.

  13. Hi Suzanne...the floor looks so good...I am going to be back Monday to have a look at your vanity...I just know it'll be fab!
    Happy Sunday to you! ;-) Bo

  14. That floor and tiles are an absolutely great idea and inspired me to look into alternative bathroom floor ideas. Another website I visited quite alot was at


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