You already heard about my misadventures in bathroom tile (it was a “Decorating FAIL” in our master bath). Let’s just say I didn’t realize how it would look with black grout all around the edges of the room (think black mold). We used the same Sausalito octagonal tile in my daughter Lily’s bathroom but with white grout, so I thought I’d show you how that project turned out.
But let’s back up a minute and take a look at how the bathroom looked when we first moved in:
That was nearly 10 years ago, before I had a digital camera, which is why this scan of the old photo is so lousy. Gives you the idea, though.
For some unfathomable reason, the builder put in a long mirror that went not only over the sink but across the back of the toilet, too. Then, to add insult to injury, there was a long, bright brass light fixture centered over it–instead of over the vanity.
So one of the first things we did was take down the mirror and lights, patch the wall, and hang a new mirror and lights centered over the sink.
The bathroom was looking a lot happier, but the vinyl flooring was kind of a brownish color and just wasn’t helping the small space in any way.
The morning before the tile went in, I woke up with a start, realizing that the black grout wouldn’t look right in the kids’ bath. It needed to be switched to white. Whew! Thank goodness I thought of that in the nick of time because after all the trouble I had with the black grout, I’m relieved I didn’t have to deal with it in here, too.
On the day of the install, I snapped a last pic of the sad old vinyl:
The room is so tiny it didn’t take Dave the Installer long to rip out the vinyl and put in the tile. Now it looks nice and fresh and white:
Better, right? It’s so hard for me to get decent pics of such a teeny room. You’ll have to use your imagination a little. But it’s a bright and cheery little space, especially now that it has the new tile.
Lily and I found the outdoor hanging lanterns at Michael’s and thought the colors were perfect for her bathroom:
The paint color is called Craftsman White. I actually bought it for another room and was shocked when it turned out a pale yellow. So we used it in here instead.
This room is so small and so short on storage that we added a little hanging cabinet for hand towels and washcloths:
Lily loves her bright and cheery bathroom.
I just realized that you can’t tell from the other photos, but we added crown molding to the room, too–here’s a shot where you can see it:
I got about 200 comments on my black-grout bathroom mess, and several of you mentioned how much more practical the black actually is than white. I heard stories from readers who used this tile or something similar with white grout and now regret it. Oh, boy. So now I’m worried about how this floor will look in a few years with the white grout. I’ll let you know if it’s still bright and white a year or two from now…
By the way, we’ve got our master bath looking a lot better now than when I showed it to you. I’ll try to give you an update on it soon!
P.S. I think Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick had the right idea. She used this tile in her laundry room with a warm gray grout. I’m wondering if I should have gone that route myself. Check out how her laundry room floor turned out.