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I didn’t originally have our main floor powder bathroom on the renovation schedule this year – there are a lot of other spaces that I’ve been itching to do first – but when we redid our floors, this bathroom succumbed to “project creep.” Even though it was kind of an unplanned project, I have been having so much fun flexing my creative muscles in this space.

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My first idea was to use large slate tiles laid in a very classic offset pattern, but when I brought home the samples to my 30 square foot bathroom, I realized that choosing a material where one tile was 5 square feet was not going to get me the look I wanted. 6 tiles in one room is just not enough, or at least not enough for what I wanted.

I shifted gears and started entertaining the idea of a herringbone floor in here. I’ve always loved herringbone laid floors…it’s such a classic and elegant look.

We chose this tile (read my notes below if you’re thinking about using this in your home) and laid a border around the perimeter of the room. Ripping the border tiles in half allowed the border to be a nice design element without over powering the design.

I laid the border first and then laid the herringbone inside of it to make sure everything lined up perfectly.

I have a blog post detailing how to lay tile, but this time I added a new tool to my wheelhouse! I had used a tile saw before when I redid my shower in our previous home, but I had been borrowing it from my neighbor. For this project I purchased my own! I have been super happy with this Ryobi tile saw. It’s extremely budget friendly but did exactly what I needed to do. I highly, highly recommend this if you’re planning to tackle a tile job.

I also had to install this uncoupling membrane, which I haven’t had to do previously. Since we have a wooden subfloor (and a basement!!) rather than a concrete slab, the membrane will allow the subfloor to shift without cracking the tiles or the grout lines. Follow the instructions on the package to chose your trowel size, then lay it down just like you are laying a giant tile. Spread your thin set (make sure to purchase the right type for your subfloor!) and then lay it down. Easy as cake. Literally. It feels like you’re frosting a cake.

Cut it to fit your space and then lay it just like laying tile.

Another new tool for me were these spacer and leveling combo doo-dads (you’ll need the spacers, wedges, and special pliers). Especially when laying larger tiles, getting them level to each other is really important. Previously, there’s a lot of adding in mortar or scraping some off when a tile is not quite level. These help you level your tiles super quickly and I’m all about saving time.

I chose Mapei Iron Grout. It goes really well with this tile and even though it’s a touch lighter than the tile (it looks really light through the camera, but it’s a bit darker), I think it’ll be plenty dark to hide dirt well.

Now onto the rest of the bathroom! When I originally started working in here I was still figuring out exactly which direction I wanted to take it, but now that I’ve gotten the design solidified I’m seriously excited about it! Make sure to follow me on Instagram for all the updates.

A note on the tile I used:
This tile is technically speaking not rated for floors. In order to be rated for floors, it would need to be 1mm thicker. Since (1) this is a low traffic space and (2) a 1mm difference is so small, I feel very confident installing this on this floor. If you are wanting to install this in your home, keep that in mind!


Are you wanting to tackle this yourself? Here are links to some of my favorite tools used in this project.

Disclosure: Some of the links provided are affiliate links, which simply means I may earn a small commission (at no additional cost to you) if you shop through one of my links.



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