I've hated our bathroom floor for pretty much as long as I can remember.
It has vinyl press-on tiles that always look dirty, and there is a definite slope behind the toilet that has always worried me.
Probably about a month ago, I decided it was time to do something about it. I'd always been hesitant about Rob and I replacing it ourselves, with visions of having to rent a Porta Potty and the whole thing taking months.
To avoid that, we decided to hire my brother-in-law, who is a professional contractor, to help us. With his expertise and confidence, we're hoping to knock out most of the actual floor replacement Saturday morning.
We'll take out the old floor, put down 3/4-inch plywood (treated, in hopes of protecting it from water damage down the road), top that with cement board and then tile over the top of it. We'll tile the area under the toilet before replacing it, in order to get our bathroom back in mostly-working order as soon as possible. Rob and I are hoping to do most of the actual tiling and grouting ourselves.
I had a great time, honestly, deciding what kind of tile to buy. (And I say I decided, because Rob was pretty flexible about the whole thing, bless him.)
At first, I thought about repurposing more slate from chalkboards, cutting them into long tiles that would complement our slate countertops. I mentioned this on Facebook, and a few friends pointed out that this would give the bathroom a more modern feel.
I also thought about white hex tile, for something more traditional. But when I realized I could get somewhat-trendy-but-still-classic penny tile for the same price, I went with that.
I looked at several local home improvement stores and even a flooring shop for penny tile, and found nothing. I finally ended up ordering white penny tile from Overstock.com. I had a Black Friday coupon and got free shipping. I think I calculated it out to cost a little more $5 a square foot for the tile we needed.
So now that we're two days 'til floor day, Rob and I are checking our supplies, picking up a few last-minute items, including rosin paper (to protect our bathtub, where we plan to put the toilet, and the newly refinished hallway floors) and a 3/16 inch trowel, recommended by the bloggers of Young House Love when they installed their penny tile backsplash.
Cross your fingers that it goes well. And if it doesn't, there's always a Porta Potty, right?
Forgive the rotton cell phone photo, please. I keep forgetting my camera on my desk.