Bathroom Tile Refresh
Three years ago, we built our home. And if you've built a home, you know there are those must-have things that you splurge on; and then there are things that you hold back on to stay within your budget. One of the budget-friendly things we opted for was the tile in the bathrooms. We have 4 bathrooms, and doing custom floor tile in each of them would have broken the bank. So, we chose one of the standard tiles the builder offered, and I didn't give it much more thought. It wasn't a bad tile by any means. But it was a little blah with it's neutral color, which didn't provide any contrast to our gray and white wall/trim color.
So, I decided maybe I would just choose our smallest, most frequently used bathroom to experiment with. Retiling wasn't really an option due to cost. Painting the floor and then stenciling was really enticing, but I didn't think I'd have the patience to complete the job, if I'm being honest. So, after LOTS of research, I decided to try these Floor Pops peel and stick floor tiles. This did not go as planned. LOL. They were pretty hard to line up exactly right and I did a terrible job trying to cut them to fit around the edges of the room. Aside from that, I'm not sure what I was thinking when I chose this particular pattern. I guess I was so over the "blah" of the original tile that I went a little too far the other way.
We lived with it for about a year. And then it was time to do something about it. I went tile hunting. I had NO idea how hard it would be to pick a tile. I brought several different styles home, and finally decided on a hex tile with a marble pattern. I couldn't wait to get it installed! But first was the chore of removing the peel and stick mess. My husband was a trooper and used a heat gun to get them all up. It left a lot of sticky residue behind. (My tip for anyone thinking about using peel and stick tiles, they will pretty much ruin whatever floor you're attaching them to. So, just be sure you love them before sticking them down.) And then the demo began.
It took 2 full weekends, but the new tile is in now and I'm in LOVE! It looks so clean and light and bright. And I love that I can use just about any color/style throw rug in here! This one is my current fave! Now I want to do aaallll the bathrooms. Ha! Maybe we can do one every couple of years or so. Afterall, it takes time to make a house a home! Here's the final look!