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Drywall, Priming, Painting + Flooring Tile Choices: ORC Week 3

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

Can you believe we’re already in Week 3 of Calling it Home’s Spring 2016 One Room Challenge?  It seems like just yesterday I was still planning the bathroom renovation, and now we’re knee deep in it!  This week I’m going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices (because I wasn’t able to get penny tiles like I originally planned…).  Let’s recap shall we?

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Now, first let’s go over my ORC posting schedule:

Week 1: Sharing Design Plans
Week 2: Plumbing, electrical + framing
Week 3: Installing drywall, patching, priming and painting (that’s this post!)
Week 4: Tiling (floors and walls)
Week 5: Grouting / installing trim + furniture (ie: vanity + toilet)
Week 6: Bringing in accessories for the final reveal!

I had mentioned before that “behind-the-blog” we were trying to get everything done a week or so ahead of this schedule.  Thank goodness, because drywalling took me TWICE as long as I was planning… as in 2 weeks – but thankfully for you, I won’t drag it on for 2 posts, and it will look like everything got done on time :)

(And yes, that means I need to up my schedule for tiling so that I can have something to show next week… oh the threat of deadlines!)

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

Okay so here we are with some drywall on the walls!  We had splurged and got the moisture resistant drywall, even though this is just a powder room and there wouldn’t really be any humidity from a shower or tub…

I think we bought 6 sheets (4×8) but we probably could have used another 2, because that back wall is – get this… 49.5″ inches wide.  We cheated and just used the 48″ side, but then I had some thick gaps to try and fill with the mud.

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

Ha, speaking of buying the drywall – the Husband quickly found out that I was incompetent when it came to lifting the sheets and so we had to stop and pick up a friend on the way to our house so they could carry them into the basement for me (normally I would be a better helper, but me and my big pregnant belly are a bit less capable of lifting things these days…).

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

We soon discovered that little Tootsie was not a very good helper for this part at all (normally she just watches us quietly while we work).  For some reason she thought it would be a good idea to sit on the sheets of drywall (as they were measuring and trying to cut them) and then of course, eat all the little drywall pieces that were cut off.  So we banished her upstairs…

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

Remember how we could have used 2 more sheets of drywall?  Well, when it came time for the ceiling, the Husband realized he cut the hole wrong.  So we had to tape it back up and try again.  But thennnn we discovered that it was measured incorrectly again, and only fit if the drywall was put upside down.

I know you’re not supposed to install them like this, but the store was closed, and I needed to get to mudding ASAP (and the Husband would be gone at work, and there was no way I could buy another piece of drywall, bring it into my house, then install it all by myself on the ceiling).  So we left it like this.

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

Have you ever done any drywalling + mudding before?  Do you like the mesh tape or the flat joint tape?  Honestly, I like to use both, but if I had to choose only one – I would go with the flat, paper style.  I only like to use the mesh tape in the inside corners, or to fill super large gaps (which I also had a few of in this room!).

Oh and those outside metal edges?  We had a bunch leftover from when we did our kitchen renovation; and I was in charge of measuring and cutting them all.  And wouldn’t you know it that the only manual hacksaw I could find had a dull blade.  Afterwards, I told the Husband that I never wanted to cut those things again (I did use our saws-all with a metal cutting blade – but it was a mess).

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

For the flat/paper joint tape, I like to put them up like paper maché.  I rip the tape to length, then dip it in a watered down solution of drywall joint compound, then stick it and smooth it out with my fingers (it’s very messy, but to me I get the best adhesion this way).  I had two little baby buckets of joint compound, but ran out after doing the ceiling edges and had to go to the store to get a big bucket (seen in the photo).  I had already gone to the store earlier that morning to get more joint tape… so let’s just say I wasn’t as prepared as I would have liked to be.

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

And here’s what the space looks like after 1 or 2 coats (I can’t remember) of mudding.  I brought down a fan to speed up the drying process, but I still had to wait 20+ hours in between coats so I could sand and reapply.

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

I only accounted for 2 coats of mud + sanding in my original timeline, so I primed the walls once those were done.  Only problem is that I am way too much of a perfectionist, and the walls were still awful looking at this point – so I had to do another coat (adding another day to my schedule, obviously).  Actually, sometimes I like to prime in between coats anyways, because it helps to see everything all the same colour.

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

Here’s what the bathroom looks like with its new walls!  (I kept the back wall with only 2 coats of the drywall mud, because I was going to be tiling over it and didn’t need it to be 100%).  Look at that cute little cubby hole :)

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

For the ceiling, I had a huggeeee gap to fill where the angled wall met the flat part.  And so I gave in and did a 4th coat of drywall mud just in this one patch, to even it out and hide that crack (the drywall mud cracks if your seam is too large).  In the meantime, I could still paint the walls – so that is what I did!

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

(Oh and we leveled the floors too while waiting for that mud to dry – but I’ll explain all that in a later post).

I was originally going to do a light purple wall with some leftover paint I had from my last house, but I didn’t want it to clash with the purple I would be bringing in anyways, so I decided to do a neutral gray instead.  This is actually a super warm gray tone, called “Moon Grey” from the Rona Paint Collection.

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

It’s about 50% whiter than the main gray we have throughout the house (which is called “Taupe”, again from the Rona Paint Collection).  And I painted the edge of this wall (the basement staircase) just to show the difference in colour.

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

It’s also the same gray I bought on sale in January, with the plans of using it in the Blue Room and the Pink Room to “tone down” the crazy colours in there.  I would have liked to paint these rooms concurrently with the basement, but unfortunately I am behind on my upstairs projects as well, so I need to finish this bathroom soon!

Next week I’ll be posting about the tiling, so I figured I might as well talk about the flooring options, since I’ve already told you that I couldn’t have my gorgeous purple penny tiles…

About the Floor Tiles

Back in the middle of February the Husband and I took a roadtrip down to Florida.  On the way back up, I convinced forced him to stop at a Floor and Décor store, because we don’t have any in Canada and I hear so many great things online.  I headed straight for the penny tile section to see what they had to offer.

About 2 seconds later, is when my whole original bathroom flooring design ideas had changed.  This was the first time I had told him about my flooring choice, and apparently I should have given him a warning before entering into the store.  We would not be using penny tiles, and he wanted something a bit larger in scale.  (I knew I wanted something small, because regular 12×12 tiles in such a small space were not gonna cut it… and I wanted a wow-factor floor).

We then walked around the store a few times, and he agreed that a hex-shaped tile or similar would be okay, as long as the scale was a bit larger (similar to these).  I knew I didn’t want a white floor because it would compete with the white subway tile wall I would be doing (which he also disagreed with, but we compromised on that choice).  We did find a nice gray porcelain hex, but there was only one sheet in the middle of nowhere and he was getting tired.  There was also this amazing metallic hex that he and I both liked, but I felt it was a bit too copper, when I wanted more antique brass… not to mention that at 16$/foot US, it was a bit more of a splurge than I really wanted to spend.

I mean, I knew I would be paying a lot more for the wow-factor floor tiles than I normally do… but still… we were not ready to commit to anything at this point.

Back in Canada I looked at small/medium scale tiles at all the specialty flooring stores and the big box stores in our area.  I would take pictures of the ones I would consider using, and bring them back to show the Husband and get his opinion (I kept my hand in the photos to show the scale).

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

Problem with the specialty stores is that the Husband liked all the super expensive ones (think 20+ $/square foot).  We only have about 30 square feet in this space, but spending half the budget on floors wasn’t something I could easily swallow.  Not to mention if we ever needed to order another sheet or two, I’d have to wait for them to come in from the specialty stores.

It was finally settled that I would be getting my tiles at a big box store, and here is the shortlist I came up with:

Flooring Tile Choices

This week I'm going to talk about the drywalling, priming + painting for our basement bathroom, and then go over some of the flooring tile choices.

  1. Rona, Travertine Tile
  2. Lowes, Avenzo Tile
  3. Lowes, Bestview Black Hex Tile
  4. Lowes, Herringbone Tile
  5. Lowes, Gray Mix Hex Tile
  6. Lowes, Bestview Athena Hex Tile
  7. Lowes, Faber Pattern Tile
  8. Home Depot, Marble Hex Tile

I wanted to stick with a gray/neutral colour for the floors (don’t worry – I’ll be bringing in some bright purple in a big way!).  And though I think I liked #7 online the best (there’s a plainer gray version too I was going to mix in with these) – in person, they were just a bit too large for what I wanted :(

Actually, looking back now I realize those are the cheapest… I think I will have to figure out a project so I can buy and use those haha!

In the end, I let the Husband choose the tiles in the store; and you’ll just have to wait until next week to see which ones we went with :)

Out of these options, which is your favourite?  Or would you go crazy and get the purple penny tiles anyways!?

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Stacey
    April 21, 2016 at 8:09 am

    This is no easy project you’ve taken on and y’all should be proud! That sheetrock is heavy and measuring is definitely the hardest part. There’s no going back when you goof either. Hang in there! Love the floor tiles you’ve chosen.
    We’d love for you to link up this post with us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Our readers would enjoy seeing your progress.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 21, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Thanks for stopping in – and yes, it’s definitely heavy and a 2+ person install job.

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    Roxanne
    April 21, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Wow, great choices for the flooring. #7 would be amazing but I think I’d have to go with the herringbone. Looking forward to see which your husband chose!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 22, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      I think #7 reminds me of the cement tiles that are so popular right now, it would have been such a fun floor!

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    Sarah
    April 21, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I love #2 and #7! Can’t wait to see what you choose.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 22, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      I could totally envision all of these floors for the bathroom, but ultimately it was up to the Husband to decide

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    Laura Ingalls Gunn
    April 21, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    What fantastic progress Nicole!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks, even though I was a bit behind – I can hopefully catch back up and get everything done on time

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    Sharon
    April 22, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I’m completely impressed that you’re doing drywall, since I’ve heard it’s a tricky job. My vote is for tile #4, but I have a feeling that might be too classic for you. And poor Tootsie eating drywall!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 22, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Oh poor Tootsie also ate concrete/rocks when we took out the floors… I’m just happy she hasn’t developed a taste for paint or I’d have little lick marks all over my walls haha! I like #4 too, and I’d love to even do a large scale herringbone one day.

  • Reply
    BonBon @ farmhouse 40
    April 23, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Great job on the drywall. I love the hex tiles you are looking at. Can’t wait to see what the final selection is. Thanks for sharing

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 24, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Since I couldn’t do little penny tiles, I figured a hex or another small-ish pattern would be an okay compromise.

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    April R - Uncookie Cutter
    April 23, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I love this, love the compromise you made with the drywall, looks like it was meant to be. I need to rip out some in my bathroom, you’ve inspired me to do it myself! Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to see it come together!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 24, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      I feel that with drywalling, you get better every time you do it. As long as you’re prepared for the dusty mess, you should be good to go haha!

  • Reply
    Jen @ Fresh Crush
    April 24, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Great job! And, I’m loving tile #7. But you have a lot of great choices! Can’t wait to see!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks Jen, wish tile #7 was a bit smaller – then I would have for sure picked it!

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    Erin @ Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry
    April 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Oh my goodness! You are doing awesome! Vote for tile is either 4 or 8. Can’t see what your husband ended up choosing.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Well, at least I narrowed down the choices for him – if he had his choice from the start we would have a completely different bathroom style.

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    Rachel
    April 26, 2016 at 8:37 am

    You guys are really truckin’ along on your project. I am in love with #7 but it really depends on what else goes in the room. Can’t wait to see which you choose. Fantastic progress!

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 26, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      If the Husband has as much motivation as me to finish this room, I think we would be done by now haha!

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    Tara @ Lehman lane
    April 26, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    It’s starting to look like a real room now Nicole! Great job!!! Our dog eats the craziest things too. My husband and I are always wondering how things like drywall can actually taste good to them!

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      Nicole
      April 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      I think the concrete chunks were weird too… somehow she would find them even after I thought I cleaned everything!

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    Carrie at Kenarry: Ideas for the Home
    April 28, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Nicole, I’m tired just reading your post. Wow. You sure put a lot of time and effort in, but I think it’s going to pay off. I can’t wait to see which tiles you picked. I’m heading over to that post next. I love #7, but wonder if that patterned tile would get dated or old after awhile? You definitely need to come up with a little project that uses it? Maybe a mosaic table top?

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 29, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      I don’t know if the cement tile look will stay for a while and/or will be dated in a few years. I like that there is not much contrast in the pattern though, so it would probably be more subtle!

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    Katy {ashadeofteal}
    April 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Wow, amazing when drywall goes up it actually looks like a room! Love #8 for the tile, I actually want to install this same time in my bathroom whenever I get around to it! Excited to see what you picked.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      April 29, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      I like #8 too, but worried that it might be a bit too similar to the white subway tile (I would prefer a bit of a contrast, or an almost exact match). Can’t believe we’re so close to the end now!

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