My husband is amazing. Did you guys forget? Anyway, he’s awesome. He’s smart and funny and talented and such a hard worker and a great dad. I could go on and on but I don’t want to induce mass vomiting amongst my readers.
So yeah…he’s all kinds of wonderful. One thing he’s not is trendy. Nope. Not in the least. Pretty sure if it weren’t for me, he’d be wearing the same clothes he was wearing when I met him.
Dude just doesn’t give a crap about trends. No care in the world about what is en vogue. (Especially concerning fashion, but also music and pretty much all things pop culture.) He does take a slight interest in current home trends, but mostly just for profit’s sake.
So I walked into the bathroom Saturday to see how the tile prep was coming along. My husband said, “hey what do you think about this pattern?” And then proceeded to lay out a herringbone pattern.
What?! Are you kidding me? Have you been reading my shelter mags? Spending some secret time on Pinterest?
I don’t think he had any idea just how popular herringbone tile pattern is right now, but he had seen this on the box…
I had to talk him out of it. He was seriously liking it, but our floor tiles are four feet long and our bathroom is just over five feet wide. (It’s nearly twenty feet long, but the tile will be running length wise.) I don’t think the room is wide enough to fully recognize the pattern with these long tiles. Besides, nearly half of it will be under the vanities. I think it would look kinda haphazard and confusing.
Plus, I explained that we’re being trendy and risky enough using this rustic barnwood-looking tile in the first place. I said that if he really wanted to try it, I was sincerely fine with it. He could just redo it all if the pattern wasn’t recognizable or in a few years if we were tired of it.
We usually reach an agreement pretty quickly and, no, I don’t always get my way. But this time he agreed with my concerns and laid it in a traditional pattern that you’d use for laying a real wood floor.
He’s a perfectionist and took all weekend long to finish. It’s a lot of measuring and planning (and cutting!). If you do it the right way, that is. Alternatively, you could just start and see where you end up. Maybe with a half inch strip at the back wall or a tiny sliver in front of the tub. We’ve seen a lot of those types of tile jobs. Don’t do that. Plan ahead. Measure it all out. Definitely find some youtube videos or a friend who knows what they’re doing if you’re going to lay tile.
And take the extra time to cut out of a full tile for around door openings, floor vents, corners, etc. Don’t just use partial tiles and have four grout lines surrounding a doorway. I totally should have taken pics of the tile that was here previously to illustrate that. I hope it was a DIY job and not something someone paid for.
I didn’t take many pics of the tile laying because I was outside working during most of it. I’m horrible at tutorials anyway and I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here. There are tutorials out there for anything you could think of, though. This internet thing is really neat. I hope it lasts.
By the end of last night, the bathroom was looking like this.
I love it. I’m glad I resisted the urge to go with a safer option.
I need to tell you guys just how thrilled we are with these tiles. Most tile has 4-6 patterns, but there are at least 16 different patterns here. Maybe 20? So many that we only used the same tile twice two different times. It really helps with the authenticity of this faux wood, and even though my photo skills and phone camera don’t do it justice, this stuff is gorgeous. Highly recommend!
Psst. I know I said the tub had to be installed first, but we had a little hang up so we went ahead and measured where the tile would need to stop and laid it anyway. (Because summer is running out. Eek!) I’ll explain the tub situation in a future post.
Update: I didn’t realize until previewing this post that this was going on…
Those two tiles are different patterns and look very different in person, but the fact that they both have that dark edge so close together is driving me crazy. I’m going to try and sweet talk the hubs into busting that out and fixing it when he gets home from work. Cross your fingers that he says yes, because if not I’ll have to do it myself and he’s much better at it. 🙂