Our Reno: Bathroom Update & Tile Selections

Alright!! Things are happening on our renovation front. OK, we’ve picked our tile. Ugh how slowly renovations move forward. It feels like months have gone by and nothing has happened. Of course, I am looking for the big ‘design’ moves while a lot of the essentials have been in the works – electrical, rough plumbing, TV hook ups, etc. It’s been a beat since I shared an update on our home renovations, so I thought I’d give an update on the tile we picked for our bathroom renovations (if you missed my other updates, check them out here).

I’ll start with our original bathroom…the one and only for the year we lived in the house.

Upstairs Hall Bath

You may have heard me mention this a few times…but when we bought our house, this was our only bathroom – the hall bath – on the second floor.

bathroom before

We didn’t plan on updating this.  After sharing the bathroom for a year, we decided it was just fine. Retro bathrooms are coming back, right?? But rotted support beams had a different thing in mind. Looking at it now, I am SO glad we are giving the bathroom an update (even if I did love the retro tile look!). The floor tile was cracked and a radiator had been removed leaving the floor with two holes we needed to repair regardless.

Since the bathroom is reminiscent of my NY apartment’s bathroom where the sink and toilet were too close for comfort…the demo means we got to rework the layout a bit. We are removing the pedestal sink and doing a built-in cabinet, and the toilet will move into our old linen closet. 

The tile selections for this bathroom are classic at best and budget friendly in reality.

For the shower walls, we are going with a white subway tile from Floor & Decor at .15 cents a piece.


And the …wait for it…a classic white hex. We’ll plan to bring the color to the bathroom with the painted cabinet.


And if a girl can dream…what I would LOVE to do in this bathroom is …patterned porcelain tile on the floor. I love the look of cement tile but have heard the upkeep can be tough and the tile will naturally patina over time. Everyone we’ve talked to recommended porcelain and I was excited to see companies are making patterns in this material.

This pattern from Original Styles is my favorite. I’m not even sure of the cost, but we’ve decided to save money on the hall bath for the guest / master. Isn’t it lovely though??

Guest Bath / Powder Room

I’m sticking to the porcelain trend in the master bath and the guest bathroom. We found this pretty porcelain tile that looks like marble with gray veining and comes in different styles – 12×24, chevron and herringbone pieces that I love.

For the guest bath, this will be on the floor in a herringbone pattern.

And the walls will be a white subway tile with a marble hex shower floor.


Master Bath

The master bath will use a lot of the same materials as the guest bath. On the shower walls and main floor, we will use the larger porcelain tiles that looks like carrara marble and the marble hex for the shower floor.

I’ve looked at a lot of options for the marble hex in different price points and sizes from 1″ to 2″. I’m are leaning on the Floor & Decor option on the top right or the slightly larger tile from Traditions in Tile.

As much as I’d love to make some bold tile choices. I’m sticking to keeping the more permanent design elements simple and classic so the accessories can be switched out when I want to update the look.

(I am totally still scheming how to work the patterned porcelain tile into the budget for upstairs!)

Fingers crossed for more updates next Wednesday!

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