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Having all three of my bathrooms simultaneously turn on me is just the motivation I needed to refocus my energy on the primary bathroom renovation. I still need a little more time to save up for all of the improvement costs, but a lack of funds didn’t stop me from doing a little window shopping.

The Tile Shop opened a new location in Atlanta, so my mother, grandmother and I headed off to their showroom to get ideas and try out a few samples.

Right away, I had a good feeling – 20% off!

These pictures are from my cell phone, so try to focus on the tile (even when the phone did not).

My search was for the perfect greige hybrid that would blend both the new vanity countertop color and the existing bone 4 x 4 ceramic tiles in the shower. I don’t want to remove the wall tile unless it’s absolutely necessary, so I was looking for tile that would work with both neutrals seamlessly.

I found this among the samples:

It’s a ceramic rectangular tile called Mykonos Gris, $3.49 per square foot. I’m totally sold, but unfortunately the tile is labeled as use for walls – not floors. I’m not sure if I can or should use the tile for the floors like I would like to, but I’m definitely getting somewhere. Including the primary and guest bathrooms together (for uniformity, I’m putting the same tile in both) and an extra 10% for mistakes, the total cost for tile like this would come to less than $300 for both rooms. I’d probably have plenty left over, too, since both bathrooms require a tile layout of nearly perfect squares (the vanity will sit on top of the tile since it has a furniture-style bottom instead of traditional cabinetry).

Online, the site offers free shipping. And the 20% grand opening offer is still good next week, so that’s even more savings on top. If I felt more reassured that my purchase of the tile is wise for both of the small bathrooms, I think I wouldn’t hesitate. I plan to stop by my local improvement store this week (it’s like breathing – I think at this point, even if I sold the house, I’d go by the improvement store just to satisfy my daily routine) and check out the floor tiles available for comparison purposes. I want to see if the tile’s thickness is significantly different than tile designated for flooring.

I really enjoy this part of a project – the knowing that I’m inching ever closer to the finished project. One more step!

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  1. No don't use a wall tile on the floor. It will crack because it's not rated for the weight and then you'll have a big mess on your hands. Tile isn't easy or fun to replace. Go look at an unbiased real tile store. One that sells many brands. You'll find lots of tiles that look like that. Start with Crossville, Marazzi, and American Olean. They all have tiles like that.