This project is sponsored by Lowe’s.
The tile is officially laid in the laundry room and I’m so in love!
Let’s see it from one more angle because why not? Floors this beautiful deserve to be shown off!
Look at how much difference a checkered tiled floor can make! This new flooring is giving the room a whole new personality and I am here for it.
And let’s take it even further back to remember what the space looked like before we divided it and turned half of it into a laundry room!
At one point we thought it would be a theater room (which now we know would be way too small). It has also lived a life as a playroom, until we decided to change the function of it entirely and make one side a laundry room, and the other side a bunk room.
Now I can’t imagine it ever being anything other than a laundry room. Before seeing the tile dry laid, I thought for sure I would lay them diagonally, making a callback to the home gym and the outside pavers. I did not expect to love them laid straight as much as I did, which made me question everything.
If they’re straight is it going to feel disjointed from the other diagonal layouts? On the other hand, if I choose diagonal am I literally putting myself in a box, and everything from this point on has to be diagonal? I love diagonal, but I’m not sure I want to be married to it.
I actually hoped I wouldn’t be going against the majority, but here I am. 68% of you voted diamond but my heart wanted checkered.
The thing that really tipped the shelf was holding up the wallpaper next to the tile. I’m not sure if you remember the wallpaper, but it actually has a subtle diamond pattern. Which I felt made the diagonal tile layout a bit too redundant. It also has lots of curves and is pretty busy so I felt the room would look best with some straight lines. Plus, square tile is such a classic aesthetic and a little utilitarian which I knew would be perfect for a laundry room.
And so here we are and I’m so happy I trusted my gut.
Before I got a chance to order the tile in my original mood board (from our Floorpop collection), you guys sold the tile out–a mistake I’ve made before, and I guess I’m still learning the hard way! So I returned to the drawing board and found some tile at Lowe’s that I loved even more in two different colors. BUT, the dimensions were 12″x24″. Since I already had my heart set on square, we improvised a bit.
The original plan was to cut the tile in half so each would be a perfect square. But we ended up running into two roadblocks. The first was that the darker tile came a little bigger than the lighter, so when we went to dry lay, the dark tiles were noticeably a little bit bigger, which would mess with the pattern if we went ahead and laid it.
The second problem was the factory edge bevel. When someone says “factory edge,” it just means that is how it came from the factory, straight out of the box. Also, a bevel is a slightly angled edge. Since we were cutting the tiles in half, 1 out of the 4 edges of the tile was now not beveled. The problem with that is that it would mess up the grout joints. So back to the drawing board we went!
We decided to cut all the factory edge bevel off so that every side would now be straight instead of one side straight and the others still beveled. That also meant we were recutting every single piece of tile (three more times!) that we had just cut which ended up being quite a bit of extra work. But once they were finally all cut, we were set to lay.
I would not necessarily recommend doing this just because of how labor-intensive it was, but at least it turned out beautifully in the end! And really we were only able to make this work because the tile was from the same brand and they were the same thickness.
Since this project ended up being a doozy I probably would not recommend cutting tile for beginner DIYers, but if you show this tutorial to a contractor they should be able to do something similar if needs be. I also have another DIY tutorial for laying penny tile which is great for any level of experience! In the meantime, I’ll be swooning over this project for many weeks to come.
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