The Tile Is In

3.07.2015

The guest bath project saga continues and we have been busy busy. Well, mostly Mr. Savvy has been busy. He wants this job finished, too so when he comes home from work he changes to his handy man clothes and gets to work. This week he laid the tile floor and let me tell you it was no easy job. Laying large square tiles is much easier than dealing with these meshed mosaic tiles.

Photo taken standing at the door to the bathroom.


I have always loved a basketweave pattern floor. I am so thrilled hubby agreed, while gritting his teeth, to install it for me if I bought it. I love the look of marble basketweave tile, but that would have cost me a good bit more so I opted for the porcelain tile and love it. 

After the floor was glued down many of the tiles were found not glued down the next day so he pulled up all the loose ones and backbuttered each individual tile and laid them back in place. Backbuttered is where you spread some glue on the back of the tile in case you didn't know. The bathroom is small thank goodness, but getting down and bending over and working on your knees is no easy job and especially for someone in their mid sixties with a bad back.

First I had purchased white grout and realized I needed to swap that for gray grout so the definition would be there against the white tiles. I primed and painted the beadboard walls this week and as you can see we have a bit of a mess. The baseboards will cover most of that, but we will sand all that extra off and touch up with paint. I haven't done the final coat anyway. Trim has to be added top and bottom and some caulking will definitely take place before the final coat.

I still have the upper walls to paint and will share how I paint over wallpaper in a future post.

The granite counter with sink came in last week and I love it. It is now sitting on the floor in the bedroom with the rest of the mess. This beauty has been delayed in delivery by the snow, but should be here on Monday.

A great big Happy Birthday today goes to my husband of 40 years, my best friend, handyman and partner in crime or should I say grime. :)
None of this would be getting done without him and he will ask me if this is it when we are finished.
Not hardly dear.... not hardly.
wink

Have a great weekend!

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45 comments:

  1. Love that basketweave tile! Can't wait to see how it all comes together!

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  2. Happy, Happy Birthday to Mr. Savvy!! Kim, I love that tile... it is The One I have in my future bathroom remodel queue. ;) Well done!! blessings ~ tanna

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  3. The floor looks great!! Happy Birthday to your husband and a job well done!!

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  4. The floor looks fantastic....and Happy Birthday to Mr Savvy!!!....He is a good man!!

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  5. I love the basket weave tile! It is going to be awesome!!

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  6. Wonderful, wonderful for you - the basket weave tile pattern is a definite favorite of mine. Did you say 40 years? Can't be! Judy C in NC

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    1. Yes, Judy I said 40. We celebrated on 2-22. Married in 1975.

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  7. Poor Mr. Savvy! I remember now when he had back surgery. You crack me up with "your money', "his money" stuff!!! The tile looks great and I'm sure it will all come together fine - and soon!

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    1. tina, if I didn't make money from this blog none of these updates would be taking place. If it was up to him everything would still look like it did in 1995. He is saving for retirement and I'm paying for the updates. :)

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  8. Gogeous tile. I love the basket weave pattern. Happy BD to hubby.

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  9. Looks great so far!!! I adore a good basket weave too :)
    www.BundleMeBaby.etsy.com

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  10. Kim, your new floor is gorgeous. I am a huge fan of ceramic tile and just picked out a B/W hex for a bath at the ranch. I'm going to double check the "buttering!" Kudos to Mr. Savvy and you!

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  11. Happy birthday to Mr. Savvy! We are both really lucky girls to be married to our BFFs :) Love the tile!

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  12. Kim the floor is pretty. I really like it and I'm interested to see how you paint of wallpaper

    Cindy

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  13. The tile looks beautiful - I LOVE that basket weave pattern! I have to laugh at your comment above about your husband being happy if things looked like 1995. That is SO my husband! He would never update anything unless I push for it. I still can't believe he is on board with our kitchen renovation...shocking! Enjoy your weekend!
    Shelley

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  14. Looking good! Happy Birthday to the hubby...my hubby celebrates his on Wednesday!

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  15. Happy Birthday Doug! Tell him he can take the day off so he can enjoy his birthday! I love how the bathroom is coming along so far. I really like the floor tile you selected. It's going to look so old fashioned.

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  16. Happy Birthday to Mr. Savvy!! The tile is gorgeous. The whole bathroom is going to look amazing!! I cannot wait to see the reveal!! How exciting!
    XOXO

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  17. It's beautiful!!! Happy birthday, Mr. Savvy!!!

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  18. I have the hardest time picking grout color! I love the gray color you went with; it's perfect with those tiles and pattern. Did you do a test run on the grout? That's my plan in the future because I never would have snapped to the lack of definition of the white tiles until it was all underway and too late...

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  19. Happy Birthday to hubby! What a pair you two make.

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  20. I love your basket weave tile, Kim. It's gorgeous! I have travertine tile through the entire living space of my home (excluding the bedrooms and baths of course). I hate it!!! Taking care of the grout is Sooo high maintenance! If it were up to me, I would crack it all up and laying down wood.cant convince my Hubby! 😢 Can't wait for the final reveal!

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  21. Bonjour,

    Dans ma salle de bain, j'ai posé il y a quelques années de la même manière des terres cuites de Salernes avec les cabochons... J'aime poser le carrelage ! même si cela est un peu éreintant !...
    Belle publication.

    Gros bisous ☼

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  22. The tile is beautiful and here's to a happy birthday for your grime partner :)

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  23. What a treasure he is...Happy Birthday to Mr. Savvy! Floor looks great too! ;)

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  24. Looks awesome! Working in a small space can be harder. My first wall paper project ( over 30 years ago) I had the not so bright idea to do a small bathroom. Smaller is easier, right? It was a nightmare. I stuck it out even with all the doors, a window and not much room to move around. Later I found out it is best to learn to wallpaper in a larger room.

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  25. Love the tile !!! Happy birthday to hubby.......you are so lucky to have found such a good man......bless both of you....

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  26. Oh it is beautiful!! What a labor of love! Makes me wish we had done something like that....but, being a really small bathroom, I thought it would be too busy....and went with a simple tile that feels like it opened it up....maybe I was wrong.....LOVE your tile...
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  27. It looks great, Kim! I know what you mean about a man in his mid 60's trying to do this stuff. Joe has a BAD hip and back and things are getting harder and harder for him to do. But he still does it all too. Congrats on your anniversary!!!! And Happy birthday to Mr. Savvy!!!!!

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  28. BTW, can't wait to see how you paint over wallpaper!!!!

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  29. Kim, I love the tile and I know the bathroom will be fabulous. Happy Birthday to Mr. Savvy!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  30. Love it!!! I hope you saw our bathroom post on your WOW because Jordan just installed the same floor and added bead board. Great minds think alike.

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  31. It's looking beautiful, Kim. That basket weave tile is so pretty.

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  32. Kim,
    The tile looks wonderful. I cannot wait to see the whole room. Happy Birthday to your wonderful Mr. Savvy. Have a great week end.
    Kris

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  33. Kim,
    The bathroom is going to be fabulous! Love that tile! It's giving me some inspiration for our own upcoming bathroom reno!
    Cindy
    www.edithandevelynvintage.wordpress.com

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  34. Kim! I love that wallpaper!!! But, I understand...it's time for s change. Lol! The tile looks awesome!

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  35. The Birthday Boy did a great job on the floor. Such a great choice on the tile--from the pictures, it really does look like marble :D Can't wait to see the finished room!

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  36. Dosn't Mr.Savvy realize that his birthday present is more projects! happy birthday to him. hope he had a great day.

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  37. Gorgeous tile! Kudos to your hubby for installing it. :) I know it wasn't an easy tile to cut. Can't wait to see the entire room pulled together. {Carol @ CAD INTERIORS}

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  38. It looks great! I'm pretty sure you've already taken care of the mess (I'm a little late reading posts) and you're so lucky to have a husband that can make your DIY dreams come true!

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  39. Oh my ......your tile is gorgeous!!! I have never seen basketweave tile before! So beautiful!

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  40. FABULOUS TILE!!! Best wishes to your hubby for his birthday.
    Au Revoir,
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

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  41. Happy belated birthday to Mr. Savvy and well done on a great tiling job, looks fantastic!

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