Bathroom tiles and paint.

We are making such good progress in the bathroom. It’s very exciting! Sure, the tub and sink are still out being reglazed (after 4 weeks…), but I can look past that and focus on the fact that the room is officially NO LONGER SCARY. I can actually imagine myself taking a bath in there (in a bathtub, of course).

Marble hexagon tiles.

All of our windows are original to the house. This is the first one I’ve repaired and painted.

Ceiling medallion and glass pendant.

Putting the new sash lock on the window felt like a real accomplishment. This is something people do when they’re close to being finished, right?

74 comments
  1. lsaspaceyJun 29, 20082:48 pm

    Wow, wow, wow! This looks incredible and yes I remember when it was scary. Great job, it’s almost done!

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  2. wanderlusterJun 29, 20083:01 pm

    Your bathroom looks lovely! I love love love the marble hex tiles.

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  3. April in CTJun 29, 20084:09 pm

    That is one beautiful bathroom you have there! It’s so crisp, clean and inviting all at the same time. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

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  4. meganJun 29, 20084:14 pm

    it’s fantastic!

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  5. Chee AnnJun 29, 20084:35 pm

    This looks beautiful! It’s hard to believe that this is the same room!

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  6. AdamJun 29, 20084:44 pm

    I can’t believe how beautiful it looks! I am so impressed. I totally want the same clean and crisp feeling for my bathroom!

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  7. JanelleJun 29, 20084:51 pm

    I thought you were posting an inspiration bathroom at first. That is so amazing and beautiful! I love how the tiles and the textures break of the white and makes it much more clean, rather than just sterile.

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  8. aliciaJun 29, 20085:03 pm

    that looks great! the tile is a beautiful choice.

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  9. LexiJun 29, 20085:12 pm

    It’s looking awesome! I love the tile. :)

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  10. MrsLimestoneJun 29, 20085:19 pm

    Stunning – you have a lot to be proud of it.

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  11. MrsLimestoneJun 29, 20085:19 pm

    er – I meant “proud of”

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  12. lindsayJun 29, 20085:28 pm

    It’s beautiful! So serene, clean, and crisp! I can’t wait to see what else you do to it :)

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  13. carlynJun 29, 20086:17 pm

    Wow – as usual you have a gift for making your vision come to life. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  14. IsabelleJun 29, 20086:40 pm

    those tiles are beautiful

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  15. EmilyJun 29, 20087:36 pm

    Phenomenal!!! I still love those tiles. Did you end up painting the tub red?

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  16. woodley park-zooJun 29, 20088:22 pm

    O. M. G. Those tiles are FREAKING AMAZING! My mom is a marble addict and is going to do marble probably all over her house, wonder if I could turn her on to this look…

    But what about grout cleaning? Will it be hard to maintain?

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  17. woodley park-zooJun 29, 20088:23 pm

    Forgot to say, I love that sash lock! I mean, who knew a window lock could be sexy?!

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  18. angelicaJun 30, 200812:42 am

    the hexagon tiles are amazing! the bathroom looks so much bigger. i cant wait to see the finished product!

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  19. JessJun 30, 20081:59 am

    This room is already so lovely, it will be so tranquil to bathe in here. ; )

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  20. LillianJun 30, 20084:23 am

    Wow, it looks great!!! Can´t wait to see the bathtub :-)

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  21. parfumdevioletteJun 30, 20084:46 am

    Wonderful blog !

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  22. MirjamJun 30, 20086:11 am

    I really like your new bathroom so far! Can’t wait to see how it looks when the bathtub arrives. I like your bathroom even more after seeing the ‘before’ photo’s. Good job!

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  23. Griffo68Jun 30, 20088:07 am

    Beautifully crisp, clean and white and the floor tiles are a triumph!
    A fantastic addition to your already gorgeous and inspiring home, your love for it shines through.
    Also loving your collection of Eames chairs !!!

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  24. kay*Jun 30, 200810:35 am

    this is one stunning bathroom! great work you’ve done! kudos you must be very proud!…and i agree with everyone-the marble hexagon tiles are lovely!

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  25. DiPJun 30, 200810:49 am

    Looks like it only took…

    about 2000 hours!!!
    Oh, to have the energy of you two!!!

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  26. DiPJun 30, 200810:51 am

    “…But what about grout cleaning? Will it be hard to maintain?”

    LOL!!!
    woodley park-zoo doesn’t know Anna do they!

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  27. jaimeJun 30, 200810:59 am

    wow it looks so awesome. i’m super jealous.

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  28. katieJun 30, 200811:06 am

    WOW! Gorgeous!

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  29. SallyJun 30, 200811:50 am

    LOVE the tile! Love it all, actually :)

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  30. nicoleJun 30, 200811:57 am

    it’s AMAZING. so clean and inviting. a breath of fresh air. the tiles are a surprise — so orderly and precise and yet some refreshing, organic patterning in the marble. it’s wonderful to see all of your hard work coming to life. i can almost hear that soothing bathwater already.

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  31. LaurenJun 30, 200811:59 am

    i have been waiting for this moment and now we finally get to see the amazing bathroom! now i cannot wait for the tub to come in! it looks amazing and definitely an inviting place for a bath.

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  32. amyJun 30, 200812:33 pm

    looking gorgeous
    Can you tell me about yr tiles? Where? love them!

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  33. AAWJun 30, 200812:44 pm

    Where did you get the pendant light?

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  34. Anna at D16Jun 30, 200812:48 pm

    Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone! :) It sure feels great to have an end in sight for this project. Hopefully the electric will be done in a couple of weeks, and then we can put up the wallpaper and get our fixtures installed. Yay!

    To answer some questions…

    W-P Zoo: DiP is right, if you have to ask about keeping something clean, you don’t know me. ;) I’m not too worried. We don’t wear shoes in the house, and this is a 2nd floor bathroom. The grout (and marble) will be sealed, and I vacuum and mop the entire house every week.

    Oh, and that’s just a standard-issue Home Depot sash lock, so you too can partake and in the sexiness if you so desire!

    amy: The tiles are bevel-less white carrera marble hexagons. We bought ours through Fuda tile in Ramsey, NJ, but I’m sure you can get them elsewhere. Ask at your local tile store. They may be able to special order them even if you don’t see them on display.

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  35. Anna at D16Jun 30, 20081:00 pm

    AAW: The pendant light is the 8″ BASISK from IKEA. It’s sold as a plug-in light, so I had to cut the cord in order to hardwire it.

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  36. aennieJun 30, 20084:02 pm

    so beautiful!

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  37. laura @ the shorehouseJun 30, 20087:07 pm

    Wow, those floors tiles ARE so amazing. You’re lucky to have the window…I can see in your pics that the natural light really makes them look super. I am inspired to rip up my crappy plastic floor sooner rather than later.

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  38. AimeeJun 30, 200811:30 pm

    I have never seen marble tiles that shape! How gorgeous! Your bathroom is going to be a dream when it’s done.

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  39. Kathryn SJul 1, 20086:48 am

    Wow! Those tiles are gorgeous!

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  40. fionaJul 1, 200812:38 pm

    Love the tile! I was thinking about white penny rounds for my floor, but hmmm. I may have to do more research. I wonder how these would hold up in a shower?

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  41. lauJul 1, 20082:32 pm

    those tiles are lovely. they look sparkly.

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  42. KatjaJul 2, 20081:53 am

    It looks beautiful. I love the tile!

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  43. ninaJul 2, 20084:38 pm

    Wow, very, very promising!

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  44. 50s PamJul 3, 20088:22 am

    The bathroom floor tile is spectacular.

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  45. AmyJul 4, 200810:46 am

    It looks AMAZING!!!
    Wow.

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  46. ZJul 5, 20088:29 pm

    I idolize your bathroom floor. Wow!
    I just added you to my blog roll and I’d be thrilled if you checked it out !
    http://www.undertheparissky.blogspot.com

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  47. far out brussel sproutJul 6, 20086:18 am

    Those tiles are GENIUS.

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  48. kristyJul 8, 20083:25 pm

    crazy! it’s really beautiful and come a long way. the hardware is gorgeous.

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  49. Molly ChristieAug 1, 20087:13 pm

    That is SO totally cool. I love love love it. Inspiring!!

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  50. shannon carterAug 20, 20083:05 pm

    I LOVE the tiles and are looking for them myself! I have found honed but yours look polished. Are your hexagon tiles polished? They look FABULOUS!!

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  51. valerie valkOct 6, 200810:20 am

    Love, Love, love wha you’ve done. I’ve contacted Fuda tile looking for your same floor tile. Are they 1″ or 2″? Polished? or honed? Do you remember who made them?

    thank you for posting all your hard work!

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  52. RIchtsjeNov 1, 20082:18 pm

    Even without a bath and all that stuff, it looked great, fresh & clean! Such an improvement already, and the finished version of it is even better ;-)

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  53. anneNov 25, 20082:07 am

    Looking good! Seriously beautiful tiles on the floor. How high are your ceilings? They look really high!

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  54. crisMar 22, 20094:19 pm

    Your bathroom is lovely
    Do you mind telling me more about your paneling. It is so simple and an excellent fit/contast to the marble floor
    Thanks again

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  55. Anna at D16Mar 22, 20099:31 pm

    Cris, the wainscot is made of tongue-and-groove pine flooring. It’s sold in 8′ lengths, so we just cut each plank in half to make up the 4′ height. Pine flooring is very affordable (we paid about $1 sf) and much thicker than most beadboard (5/8″ vs 3/8″).

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  56. crisMar 25, 200912:21 am

    You are so kind to answer so fast! thanks and I apologize if I missed your previous answer to this. Is the floor honed or polished. my sample from the LA tile store I have is honed but yours looks to have a polish. I had been collecting every assortment of rectified hex ceramic to try and fix our 1907 bath, but When I saw the marble floor and wainscotting it was like “bingo”. I am lucky that so many clever people have gone before me and my sincere thanks to you and your doorsixteen friends!

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  57. carolJul 21, 20099:06 am

    Just beautiful . . .

    What are the paint colors (and brand) you used for the wainscot and the walls? Again, just beautiful.

    Also, I’m thinking your marble tile floor is polished, not honed, right?

    Thanks! Be so proud!

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  58. KrisFeb 26, 201211:59 am

    Just came across your blog. LOVE your bathroom. I’m shopping around for floor tile and am considering marble hex floor. Can you please share the manufacturer, style number and price/sq foot?

    Also curious to hear your experience with tub reglazing. I have an original claw foot tub and am considering reglazing, but am concerned the finish will not be as durable and attractive as the original porcelain.

    THANKS!! Kris in Seattle

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Sorry, I don’t have any of that information. We bought it at Fuda Tile in Paramus, NJ several years ago.

    We had our tub sandblasted and powder-coated offsite. It’s not the epoxy “reglazing” that you see advertised by tub refinishing companies—it’s a totally different process. Epoxy refinishing is definitely NOT as durable as porcelain, but sanblasting/powder-coating is extremely durable and requires no special care.

  59. abbi.aMar 12, 201212:15 am

    just love it!

    so you mind sharing the size of the hexagon tiles? and also the height of the beadboard? just love the dimensions. thanks!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Thanks! The tiles are 1″, and the wainscoting is roughly 55″ high including the base and cap moldings.

  60. andreaApr 3, 20126:38 am

    hi anna! your bathroom and blog looks marvelous. i’ve been scouring your blog to see if you say what color grout you ended up using with the marble hex tiles… do you remember? we’re about to put some in and i feel like the grout can make all the difference…

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    Anna @ D16 /

    The grout is white.

  61. TeriJul 27, 201212:23 pm

    Hi Anna,
    I LOOOOVE the marble floor tile, so much that I just bought 1″ marble hex for my own bathroom remodel. I am struggling now with grout color. My marble is venatino rather than carrera, so it has a slightly whiter background, but still looks very much like yours. I am going to choose either white grout, or a very, very light gray (called Frost, by Mapei). How do you feel about your choice of white? How is it holding up in appearance, and would you choose white again if you had it to do over? I am leaning towards the white, because it seems the most classic look with the least attention to the grout lines (which is what I want), but it seems like so many people choose a light gray because they are worried the white will look dirty.

    Thank you, and I hope you still answer this, considering my question is three years after your original post!

    Teri

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Yes, I’d still go with white. We don’t wear shoes in the house, we don’t have kids, and this is a 2nd-floor bathroom, so it’s really a non-issue in our situation.

    Teri /

    Anna, thanks so much for your prompt reply. Might I trouble you with one more question? I see that Laticrete has two whites — Bright and Antique — and Mapei has two — Avalanche and White. Do you happen to know which you used? Someone told me that I might find the Avalanche too white in contrast to the tile, and I didn’t realize until I checked their color chart online that they have the “White 00,” which on my monitor at least looks a little less bright.

    You must love getting all this positive response to your gorgeous bathroom. Great work!

    Anna @ D16 /

    Hi Teri, it’s so long ago now—I really don’t remember. I’m not even sure what brand we used. Sorry!!

  62. TERIJul 27, 20124:49 pm

    Thanks Anna, that’s OK! I felt silly asking, actually, but you’d have made my day if you happened to remember. I’ll figure it out. :)

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  63. MadieAug 27, 201212:23 pm

    Hi Anna. I know this post is from ages ago but I need your help! I am renovating my bathroom and I’m thinking of using marble hex tiles. can you tell me what size marble hex tiles you used and whether you used polished or honed tiles. Thanks!
    PS I love your blog.

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    Anna @ D16 /

    Hi, I think they’re 1″, definitely polished.

  64. MadieAug 27, 20127:31 pm

    Thanks Anna for the response. One other question: did you have the grout and hex tiles sealed? if yes do you remember the name of the sealant/type of sealant?

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    Anna @ D16 /

    I did seal the tile and grout, but I don’t remember the brand, sorry—it was four years ago.

  65. FionaApr 10, 20148:37 am

    Hi Anna.

    I don’t think you use this bathroom that much for actual bathing (if I remember correctly), but like everyone else I love, love, love your tiles.

    Have you had any problem with them discoloring? I’ve read that white marble can sometimes react with water to turn yellow-ish.

    Thanks!

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    Anna @ D16 /

    No, not at all—or at least not that I can detect! I can’t say it would bother me, though. That kind of thing is just part of the aging process of natural materials.

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