The bathroom is coming right along!  And today I'm going to share the finished floor with you.  Be excited people! Fake it if you must.

For the longest time I couldn't decide what to do for the flooring.  I was SO incredibly sick of tiling that I was just going to paint the concrete and call it done.  But it turns out if you wait a few months (or a year), that feeling just might pass and tiling might be back in the running.

After finally deciding what color and size I wanted to use, I was on the hunt.  This was seriously a job for Tom Cruise and his team from Mission Impossible.  How hard is it to find a dark gray, 12" x 24" tile?  I'll tell you. Freaking. Hard.

But after I saw this picture, there was no turning back for me.  I actually hate when that happens, because I can turn into a crazy person on an undying quest. I blame my mother for this trait.  That sweet woman turns into a chef's worst nightmare when she wants a recipe.

I finally tracked it down at Floor & Decor.  But not at the store that is 20 minutes from my house.  Oh no, that would have been much too simple.  It was at their location an hour and 15 minutes away.  Keep in mind, I had never even seen the actual tile in person.  Just a thumbnail view of it online.  Since my entire family was out of town and I was in the mood for my own mini road trip, I packed a snack and off I went.

As soon as I laid eyes on it, I knew we were a perfect match.  And it was only $1.60 a square foot!

Fast forward A LOT of time and A LOT of effort.  Here is the finished floor.  Next time someone gives me a quote to tile a floor, I'm going to pay them double.  Honest.

I decided to do the baseboard in the same tile, 3" tall.  It just made the most sense for a bathroom where I don't want a lot of wood, especially near the floor.  Here is where the toilet goes.  You can see my very smooth textured walls!

And I can't believe this, but we haven't ever discussed the carrera pebble shower floor!  It was a big splurge (for me) at $130 but I must say I'm in love with it and it was worth every penny.  It came on 12" x 12" mesh sheets and was honestly the easiest part of the bathroom remodel so far.  Here's to hoping that moving the plumbing for the sink 29" to the right will be easier. :)

Here it is mid installation.

It's a shame I don't have more pictures of me completely covered in thinset.  A real shame.  I did come across this gem, but it almost looks like a glamour shot!  This is not indicative of what I have looked like 99.9% of the time.  This was on Day 3 when I still had a little life left in me.

One of the days early on, my sister came and helped me for a few hours and wrote on the wall.  I hated to clean it off, actually.  She's hilarious.

And now..... would you like to share in some potty talk?


Wait until I tell you all about this filthy beauty. 


  1. You're the only girl I would be willing to hear potty talk with... can't wait!

    Seriously I know how hard you've worked on everything, and the floor is my absolute favorite! Now I have a bathroom floor that needs some tile... you're available next week, right?

    j/k... you get a pass FOREVER!

  2. Holy bathrooms. Amazing and worth the wait.
    You have totally knocked it out.
    I can't wait to see that toilet all cleaned up installed.
    Love your blog. You girls rock it out. Love your friendship, it's refreshing.

    West of the Square Designs

  3. That tile is beautiful! And what's up with the toilet?! Can't wait to see how the rest comes together!

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  5. That bathroom is turning out so cute! I can't wait to see it finished and I can't wait to show you what I got for your bathroom!! You are going to love it! ;-)

  6. Oh, my gosh! The tile is to die for! Love it! And your mother and I (who are probably close to the same age) were cut from the same apron. Recipes -- yes, I HAVE to have them. Unlike my great-aunt, who would give someone a recipe, but always leave out one ingredient....

  7. It is beautiful. What is the measurement of the shower?

  8. Is there anything you can't do? Seriously girl! I sure hope we can get together before you start flying above the clouds.!!

    hugs XOXO

  9. Seriously. You're my hero. I CANNOT believe you tackle all this yourself!!
    It looks sooo beautiful!!

  10. I know exactly what you mean about paying someone double for a tile job. I did our (big - huge - gigundous - it grew as the job progressed) kitchen floor by myself, at 55 years of age, and my left hand was numb for two weeks afterward from leaning on it. I won't even mention my knees. But, here I am again, looking for inspiration for our master bathroom floor (at 59, now). I love your floor, and it is just what I had in mind. We have a Floor & Decor near us - keep your fingers crossed for me that they'll actually have it.

  11. I'm liking everything I see! Bring on the rest...I have to see the finished bathroom.

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