For some reason, I’ve always had this idea in my head that I couldn’t write a blog post until I completed a project. Well projects take a while now that I have two busy toddlers, a pre-teen involved in all sorts of activities and sports, an extremely busy husband that’s always on the go and a large home to manage!

Back in January my husband was rejoicing at the fact that we were down to the last two things on our to-do list for the downstairs. Then I had an idea…

The downstairs bathroom was the worst room in the entire house. We were going to leave it the way it was until we set aside specific funds to remodel it, but I couldn’t just leave it the way it was! The flooring is a poured liquid linoleum and goes up the wall about 4 inches to create a border. At some point that border cracked next to the shower and someone patched it with silicone. It looked awful. The flooring is a dirty yellow with specks of cream brown and grey and the silicone patch work was a huge eye sore. As much as I don’t love the idea of painted floors, I thought it would be a good, inexpensive, temporary solution.

So, I told Scotty (my husband). “I have an idea!” (insert eye roll from him). I continued, “I’m going to cut the border, paint the floors with a stencil and put up new trim”. Insert another eye roll. “Don’t worry, it’ll be a cheap, temporary fix and really, anything is better than it’s current state!”.

I showed him my plans (Scotty isn’t the most visual person) and he agreed. So I got to work with the multi-tool and started cutting the border.

60% of the flooring upstairs is this “liquid linoleum” that is also in the downstairs bathroom. Think of the epoxy flooring used on garage floors with the colored chips and that’s essentially what our flooring is. So when this flooring was poured in the bathroom, the same material was poured 4″ up the wall. You can’t just remove it with a pry bar like most trim, you have to cut through it, then pry it from the wall.

Once I removed the first portion next to the shower I saw black…

Now, I had a feeling this would happen, but I was hopeful that the old silicone patch kept the water out. Nope. It didn’t. So, I moved on to the next wall, on the other side of the shower. Guess what I found. Black. Yep, my walls were full of rot and mold.

I showed Scott the can of worms I’d just opened. We spent the next hour putting together a quick, rough estimate of what it would cost to remodel the entire bathroom and decided that it was within our means and it was necessary to gut the entire thing and start over.

This was in January. It’s now May. We have friends coming to stay at the end of the month and I’ve decided we should make that our deadline to have the bathroom complete!

The most exciting part of remodeling a bathroom (aside from the demo) is picking out the finishes! Our home was built in 1959 and it’s a fun, unique, mid-century modern design. I was telling my mom about the different finishes I’d been looking at and that I really didn’t want someone to walk into this room in 20 years and say, “yeah, this was remodeled in 2019”. Scott and I have always wanted to stay true to this homes original design, so I’ve been picking out styles and colors you’d find in the 1960’s AND ones that I love (always stay true to what you love!).

When I first started looking at bathroom finishes, I knew I had to have this 3D terrazzo look tile! I was talking to my mom about the bathroom design (she’s a graphic designer) and my desire to keep it era appropriate. I showed her this tile and she said, “ooh that would feel like it belongs, it’s similar to Op Art which was from that era.”. Perfect, icing on the cake. She confirmed that my instinct was right, who cares what my husband thinks of it!

One of my current favorite tile designs is a vertically stacked rectangle tiles. As I was looking through 1960’s bathrooms I found this illustration and knew that a 2×8 tile, vertically stacked would fit our 1960’s home.

Then, I started looking for tile for the shower floor. I came across this orange penny tile. What 1960’s home isn’t complete with a little orange (uhemm, orange plaid bedroom). I didn’t want an all white shower. As much as I love a clean, white shower, I need some color in my life. What better place to add a fun, vibrant color than the shower floor! I won’t look at the white shower walls in 10 years and think, “what was I thinking!”, like most people probably feel about the pink and blue shower in the upstairs of our home. For the record, I LOVE the pink and blue bathroom upstairs.

So, recap. Here’s the plan. I say plan, but I often change my mind.

White 2×8 vertically stacked tiles for the shower walls.

Orange penny tiles for the shower floor.

3d terrazzo look tile for the bathroom floor.

How are you all feeling about my vibrant, “groovy”, 1960’s bathroom design?

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