Monday, November 22, 2010

DIY: Downstairs Bathroom

When we moved in to the house in December 2008, the downstairs bathroom had carpet in it.  I don't know why anyone would think it is ok to put carpet in a bathroom but apparently that used to be a trend.  Anyway, the toilet flooded one day and the carpet got soaked.  Scott ripped it up immediately and then . . . we walked on sub-flooring for a year!  Yes, I know.  A year! 

In his defense, he did ask me several times about putting tile down in the bathroom but we also want to tile the kitchen and the laundry room and I would like for them all to be done in the same tile.  It would totally be my luck to tile the bathroom and then not be able to find the same pattern for the other rooms.

We are having Thanksgiving at our house again this year and I could not stand the thought of the entire family coming over and still having no flooring down in the bathroom.  Plus, and this is where it just gets gross, Gracie has potty-trained all summer and if you have ever potty-trained a little person you know that they don't always make it to the toilet on time.  Get the picture???

So, we decided that this is the weekend to fix the bathroom.  Staying true to my fear of not being able to use the same tile, I told Scott to just lay down the stick and peel tiles.  


Of course, Gaga couldn't do the job by himself.  His boys had to "help" him.

And, of course, every helper needs to walk around with a chicken nugget in his mouth.

As with any DIY project, we expected some mishaps.  Caleb got into the chalk and it was red.  There was little red feet all over the kitchen.

The Finished Project

I love it!  I still want to put down a tile but I think it turned out really well.  The final cost was under $50.  It took 2 boxes of the tiles ($17.75/box) and then the carpet strip was under $6.00. 

As a side note, see that star on my wall?  I got that at the consignment shop for $8.  It has been sitting on my chair for at least 3 months because I couldn't figure out what to do with it.  Perfect place for it!


  1. I think it looks awesome, great job!

  2. Wow! We used those stick and peel tiles in our kitchen since we plan on selling soon. If oyu get the good quality kind, like you did, they hold up great!

    Good job. :)

  3. WOW!!! I love love love it!! You picked a great color tile too!!

  4. Looks AWESOME! And Caleb's cracking me up with the nugget stuffed in his mouth and his little red piggies--haha! :)