Degrossifying my Bathroom: Part II

Degrossifying my Bathroom: Part II

The saga continues …

So, the degrossification of my master bathroom is still in progress.  You may recall that The Home Depot offered me a chance to try out some of their Daltile tile, and I was all over that because my master bathroom is *brace yourself* carpeted.  Ewness.  I couldn’t wait to get started, so off to The Home Depot we went.

Here’s a handy tip for you tile-it-yourselfers: make an appointment with the flooring experts at The Home Depot.  We got some invaluable advice from our personal tiling expert Ron, mainly, that the tile I had picked out online and already started loading in my cart, the lovely marble-lookalike rectangle tile that had starred in my dreams, was NOT the tile for the job.  Ron helpfully pointed out that it was WALL tile.  Like meant for the shower wall, and not to be, you know, stood on.  Drats.

Here’s another tip: don’t bring your kids to The Home Depot.  Or maybe your kids are fine.  Don’t bring MY kids to The Home Depot, because they will think they are at Disneyland.  This is me, pretending to listen to Ron while mentally yelling at my kids as they scream gleefully in the background:

 Here’s yet another tip: if you want awesome pictures such as this one, just ask your husband to take them for you. And he’ll be like, “Why?”  And you’ll be like, “For my blog!” And he’ll be like, “Why would you want this on your blog?” And Ron will be like, “Blog? Whuh??”  And you’ll be like, “Nobody understands meee!!!”

So, back to the story. After I scared Ron away by having a mini breakdown about the tile, I decided to go with my second choice, called Briton Bone.  It’s actually not THAT far off from the look I was going for and they had plenty in stock, so we loaded it up!

Now, would you like a little peek into my before bathroom? 


Nice, right?  If only you too could feel the crispy way the carpet crunches underfoot when you step out of a warm bath.  Stay tuned next week for the big reveal and a $100 giftcard giveaway to The Home Depot!

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  1. July 8, 2012 / 1:52 AM

    You crack me up. Can’t wait for the reveal.

  2. July 8, 2012 / 2:02 AM

    My husband and I have a deal, he takes pics when ever I ask. Okay so maybe he comes out on the short end of the deal but I keep reminding him that a happy wife leads to a happy life.
    Can’t wait to see your reveal.

  3. July 8, 2012 / 3:29 AM

    Don’t believe ol’ Ron when he says he knows nothing about your blog as he is obviously flexing his guns.

  4. July 8, 2012 / 3:45 AM

    Love Laraine’s comment! And can’t wait to see the After! I have never understood why anyone would put carpet in a bathroom! The house I lived in during my highschool years had carpet in the kitchen! GAG!!!

  5. July 8, 2012 / 3:46 AM

    I’m pretty sure that I’ve had that exact conversation with my Husband about taking pictures for my blog. You know, without the Ron part, of course.

  6. July 8, 2012 / 4:03 AM

    I hate when you have your heart set on something and an expert explains why it won’t work! Luckily, your pain was blunted by your children diverting your attention! ~ Maureen

  7. July 8, 2012 / 5:08 AM

    You crack me up. Sorry if Ron didn’t understand you.


  8. July 8, 2012 / 5:39 AM

    I really think the question needs to be answered. Seriously. WHY would you put carpet in a bathroom or kitchen? WHY? We need to find someone who did, and we need to ask.

  9. July 8, 2012 / 5:53 AM

    The thought of carpet in the bathroom, quite literally, makes me sick. 😉
    EW!! lol
    Good luck on the redo!!!

  10. July 8, 2012 / 12:23 PM

    Can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished! I love this idea of you adding a few projects of your own into this blog!

  11. July 8, 2012 / 12:45 PM

    Your photo caption is amazing.

  12. July 8, 2012 / 1:59 PM

    I cannot wait to see how your bathroom turns out. And I am hoping for more fabulous pictures taken by your hubby! This should be interesting!

  13. July 8, 2012 / 2:40 PM

    I had carpet in my kitchen….gone!
    I have carpet in my bathreoom….ewww! I hate it but it was the least expensive way to replace the green/gold combination that was in there. The time will come!

  14. July 8, 2012 / 3:00 PM

    You are hilarious. And OMG, we totally have carpet in our master bath, too. GROSS! Why would any builder think that is a good idea?

  15. July 8, 2012 / 7:04 PM

    One day we’ll look back and laugh, right? Awesome picture. You are hilarious!

  16. stephbo93
    July 8, 2012 / 7:29 PM

    I’m still stuck on the unfortunate folks with carpet in their kitchens. Bathrooms, at least, I can understand the (faulty) logic: you want something warm underfoot. Gross, when you think of moisture, mold, and the unthinkable stuff around the toilet. But a kitchen?!? Who does that?!? I have honestly never seen that. Ick. Good luck with your makeover! I agree with Carol-Ann–it’s nice to see some of your own projects on here! And may we all be bathroom and kitchen carpet-free!!!

  17. Anonymous
    July 8, 2012 / 8:33 PM

    You are so funny! …..can’t wait to see the makeover!

  18. July 9, 2012 / 12:34 AM

    Wow. That is going to be one amazing Before and After. Can’t wait to see it!

  19. July 9, 2012 / 1:16 AM

    OMGosh…I just redid my kitchen backsplash and briton bone is the tile I used! I have taken tons of before/after pics but alas, haven’t had the time to post about the re-do. But I will soon. Can’t wait to see your big reveal!

  20. July 9, 2012 / 2:29 AM

    My kids act like that at the home improvement store as well! AHHHHHH! And you make me laugh, which I really needed today–thank you!! Good luck with your bathroom 😉

  21. July 9, 2012 / 2:37 AM

    We also have a carpeted bathroom…and we live in a rental, so there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s a super old house with super old carpet, too, so it smells like pee anytime it gets wet. Ewwww.Gross. Can’t wait to see the reveal and live vicariously through your tiled floor!

  22. July 9, 2012 / 3:24 AM

    Hahaha!!! You crack me up!! Crunchy, crispy carpet??? lol

  23. July 9, 2012 / 4:48 AM

    Stephbo93…they used to actually make a carpet specifically for kitchens. It was some sort of weird form of indoor outdoor stuff if I remember right. I think it was in the 70’s and 80’s that it became “popular”. We had it at one house we rented. It was terrible. Think about the area around your stove. Why would anyone want that area carpeted, no matter how “easy clean” the carpet is? And I never did understand carpet around the toilet. I did try those little matching rugs for the toilet and bath when I was young and naive, but after the first time of picking it up to throw it in the wash…ewwww. It went in the garbage instead.

  24. July 9, 2012 / 7:19 PM

    We had carpet in our master bathroom at our old house. I remember that crunchy sound very well. Who’s idea was it to put carpet in a bathroom??? Probably the same person who thought it would be a good idea to put the laundry room near the garage. I don’t keep my clothes in my garage! I keep them in the bedrooms. So why in the world and all chocolate is the laundry room near the garage???? Somebody please tell me!

  25. Anonymous
    July 9, 2012 / 8:01 PM

    haha nobody understannndssss me!

    love it.

  26. July 10, 2012 / 12:51 AM

    I can’t get my head around why someone would carpet a bathroom. Is it used as just one giant bathmat? I imagine it wouldn’t be too good on the nose after a while. My cousin who lives in the UK says that a lot of homes have them over there. I have never seen this in Australia. Maybe this is because we are a hot country and the idea of smelly dampness and mould setting in isn’t very appealing. We have tiles and also have drains in the floor in the middle of the entire bathroom to get rid of excess water. I also chose to have tiles from floor to ceiling all way round so I don’t have to worry about moisture/dampness. I have a towel rack for towels and one for my bathmat. I’m not surprised you want to rip that stinkin’ thing up as it would be a bugger to keep clean. I can’t wait to see your after photos!
    So with you on the kids at the hardware store too – grrr. I’m also made to feel like a loser when I ask my husband to take photos for my blog. “Whaddya need that for?” To the point where I scream and tell him to forget it.

  27. July 11, 2012 / 3:51 AM

    really? who in the world ever thought it would be a good idea to put carpeting in the bathroom? who?? i’d like to meet them…and then give them a good shake. you’ll be so glad it’s gone, you won’t want to leave! can’t wait to see the after!!

  28. July 12, 2012 / 6:01 PM

    I understand you!!!! I’ve done lots of tiling projects and I have a tip: avoid the pre-mixed grout. It always says it doesn’t shrink, but it does! Why does that matter, you say!?! The grouting part isn’t that terrible, but wiping it clean just blows. And since your grout will shrink, you will have to re-apply and wipe again. Ugh. Get the santed grout you have to mix, just make sure you mix it well.

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