Renovating the Master Bathroom in our 1800s Queen Anne Victorian | Camels & Chocolate

Renovating Our Master Bathroom: Tile Selections

The top request I get for posts are not, in fact, travel, but rather progress reports on our house. And while I’m not trying to keep anything from you guys, I’ll just say this: Apparently, when you’re on the road more often than not, your home does not renovate itself.

Go figure! I honestly thought that’s how it worked, guys. Then again, this is how I do yard work, so I’m hardly the most credible source.
Follow along as we renovate our 1800s Queen Anne Victorian, tile by tile

However. I do finally have a fun project to share with you. It’s not yet complete—we ran into a few bumps in the road, as seems to be our M.O. in travel, home renovating, life—so this is just part one.

In Nashville, there's only one place to go to get custom-made, hand-glazed tiles: Mission Stone + Tile.

For those of you who follow along on Instagram, you’ll know that amid a summer of travels, my sister getting married and all-around insanity, we’ve also been renovating our master bath. Since we live in an old Victorian built in the late 1800s, the space is, well you could call it…interesting. Don’t believe me? This is what it looked like when we bought the space:

Renovating the Master Bathroom in our 1800s Queen Anne Victorian

You can say it with me now: UG-LY. That wall color…that faux floor…I can’t even.

And to be honest, because of the odd dimensions of the room itself—and mainly, the inconveniently slanted walls that prevented us from actually being able to use the shower—we’ve been hesitant to tackle it, period. There’s a lot of ingenuity required for this particular project, and ingenuity often translates to cold, hard cash. The bathroom is not actually attached to a bedroom—in fact, there’s an awkwardly shaped hallway that separates the upstairs bath from our room and the Lemon Room—and eventually we plan to knock down some walls and perhaps make it all one big space, with a separate, smaller bedroom attached to the guest room (we have to raise the roof line to do all of that, so it’s no small undertaking).

But for now, we’re working with limited monetary resources, so we’re going to make do.
In Nashville, there's only one place to go to get custom-made, hand-glazed tiles: Mission Stone + Tile.

This project was very much a case of finding a product we wanted to use and then planning the space around it. In this instance, it was the gorgeous Hex Appeal tile from Mission Stone + Tile. You may recall if you’ve been following along for some time that we re-tiled two of our six fireplaces when we first moved in. If you’re new to this space, I’ll give you a peek at the final product here:

In Nashville, there's only one place to go to get custom-made, hand-glazed tiles: Mission Stone + Tile. Available in 80 different skews, multiple colors and presses, the new Essentials line reigns supreme for budget-friendly artisan tiles.

At the time, we were new to town and had no idea where to go for resources. Our friend who works in construction told us that Mission had the best, well, stone and tile as the name may suggest, so we headed on over there shortly after moving into our lovely old Queen Anne.

In Nashville, there's only one place to go to get custom-made, hand-glazed tiles: Mission Stone + Tile. Available in 80 different skews, multiple colors and presses, the new Essentials line reigns supreme for budget-friendly artisan tiles.

Not only does the showroom have so many gorgeous products, I left wanting to tile my entire house, but the prices are very reasonable and they can get in product quite quickly. At the time, we wanted a very specific safety yellow subway tile. We were told by other tile shops in the area that it could take eight weeks to get it in; Mission Stone + Tile had it to us within a week. We’ve been fans ever since (and they sell everything online for those of you not in the Nashville area!).

In Nashville, there's only one place to go to get custom-made, hand-glazed tiles: Mission Stone + Tile. Available in 80 different skews, multiple colors and presses, the new Essentials line reigns supreme for budget-friendly artisan tiles.

But back to the Hex Appeal. Everywhere I went in Nashville, it seemed to pop up. It’s on the bar at Moto. It’s in Jason Aldean’s bathroom. It’s in one of the homes I profiled for the magazine. I loved it from the moment I first laid eyes on it, and seeing it crop up left and right was further indicator that this was my pattern.

Renovating the Master Bathroom in our 1800s Queen Anne Victorian

The owner, Mary Elizabeth Oropeza, designed this lovely pattern, and when we went to meet with her about our bathroom renovation—Mission Stone + Tile also provides its client with free design consulting services, which we definitely took advantage of—she showed us her new Essentials line, too. I fully intend to use some of these products—they come in 80 skews, seven colors, five textures and are oh-so-lovely—in our kitchen remodel next year or the next, but for the bathroom, I knew the Carrara marble Hex Appeal was our guy.

In Nashville, there's only one place to go to get custom-made, hand-glazed tiles: Mission Stone + Tile. Available in 80 different skews, multiple colors and presses, the new Essentials line reigns supreme for budget-friendly artisan tiles.
“Mom, can I have the Essentials line in my room? Pretty please?

Back in April, SVV had torn out the floor, and we spent the following months sanding, patching, ripping out the baseboard, moving the plumbing and all those other things you have to do when you fully gut a bathroom (we did hire a drywall guy to fix the lumpy walls, but other than that, everything was done on our own).

How we gutted, sanded and tiled our way to the master bathroom of our dreams

Neither of us were sad to see the floor go. Especially when we ripped it up to find another layer of old linoleum creeping beneath.

How we gutted, sanded and tiled our way to the master bathroom of our dreams

How we gutted, sanded and tiled our way to the master bathroom of our dreams
How we gutted, sanded and tiled our way to the master bathroom of our dreams
How we gutted, sanded and tiled our way to the master bathroom of our dreams

Relocating the plumbing turned out to be a bit of a headache, but ultimately, we moved it to the other side of the room with few issues.

SVV was particularly proud of this part of the renovation process, as it was no small feat. I will say, I hit the jackpot when marrying this resourceful dude, who can figure out how to do anything.
Master Bathroom Renovation

We kept the old clawfoot tub, which we have since painted a dazzling shade of yellow, but relocated it to the other side of the room (or rather, it rested on its side in our guest bedroom for three months while we figured things out!) so it can actually be used. Instead of spending money on a pricey, new vanity, we kept the old one and put it where the tub originally was.

How we gutted, sanded and tiled our way to the master bathroom of our dreams

Don’t worry: We’ve since painted it a charcoal gray and changed out the knobs, as well as installed a new vessel sink in place of the old in-set one. We’re still trying to figure out what to use for a countertop—we threw out this crap slab of fake marble and currently are using a piece of plywood in the interim—so stay tuned for later updates.

All that to say, I was glad we’d gotten all of the big stuff out of the way, so that when our tile order arrived in the store in August, we were ready to lay it.

Mission Stone + Tile's Hex Appeal | Camels & Chocolate

A big thank you to Mission Stone + Tile for partnering with us on this project. We’ve been using their products for years before ever meeting Mary Elizabeth, so it’s been fun to team up on a collaboration (hopefully the first of many!).

COMMENTS
  • November 1, 2015

    The house is really starting to look stunning! I love reusing old furniture and giving it a new twist! Good luck with the rest of the renovations, can’t wait to read about it!
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    • November 12, 2015

      Thank you, Dominique! We’ve still got a looooong way to go. But given that we’re not millionaires, we always knew this would be a long-term project as we had the funds (and we’re definitely boostrapping a lot of it!) =)

  • November 2, 2015
    Kathryn

    What a tease! I can’t wait to see the yellow tub! As well as the rest of the bathroom. You guys are an awesome, inspiring team.

    • November 12, 2015

      Ha! Right now, the tile is installed and that’s about it. I promise a full post of the finished product, whenever that may be!

  • November 2, 2015

    What a project! But the end finish will be amazing!!! LOVE that tile. Gorgeous!
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  • November 2, 2015

    I married a carpenter, too. Smartest, hardest-working guys on earth. You did hit the jackpot, but so did HE. Love this blog and wow, that HOUSE. Too awesome. Gorgeous. Well done on the choices you’re making for it. Looking forward to more posts!
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    • November 12, 2015

      Thank you, Karla! I definitely hit the jackpot with Scott, there’s no denying that 😉

  • November 2, 2015

    Yellow tub?! I cannot wait to see that! Your house is beautiful!
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    • November 12, 2015

      Thank you, Krishna! I admit: I was a bit skeptical when Scott said he was painting the tub yellow, though it is an accent color we’ve used in the bedrooms. But I’m super happy with how it came out! Now, we just have to figure out a cool shower curtain that works with both the tile and the yellow and isn’t too busy…

  • November 3, 2015

    I sure will be waiting for the lovely finish. I like the ideas that you came up with. This will surely be a cozy bathroom.

    • November 12, 2015

      Thank you, Marie! It’s been one of our trickiest projects to date with the sloped walls and whatnot. Hoping to finish by winter *crosses fingers*

  • November 3, 2015

    Ooooh, I love this post! I am currently in the early stages of planning a full gut and replacement of our (boring, Arizona suburban builder-beige-blah-ugh!) master bath. Marbley hexi tile is very near the tippy top of my wish list. 🙂

    xox
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    • November 12, 2015

      YES! Let me know what you decide on. And I hope you blog all your projects, too =)

  • November 9, 2015

    This post is motivating! We’re getting ready to start on a bathroom remodel as well before moving on to the kitchen. Like you, we’re going to try to do most things ourselves to cut costs which has me kinda nervous. But my hubs is also very handy, so fingers crossed. Mission Stone + Tile definitely has some beautiful selections – I’ll have to check them out.

    • November 12, 2015

      You can do it! I knew NOTHING about home renovation until we bought this house, and it’s been doubly fulfilling completing a project knowing we did it with just our own four hands =)

  • November 19, 2015

    This is my hex bathroom. I could take more pics if you’re interested. I live in Wilmette, IL.

    It turned out well.

  • November 24, 2015

    So much hard work that has paid off in SPADES! The Bird Ave city prints are absolutely perfect over the bed. Love the pop of color with the yellow, I go for red, but really like the yellow.
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  • April 15, 2016

    First off, I have to say that the outside of your house is absolutely beautiful! I love the castle-like architecture. I also really like the pattern that you chose for your bathroom. I agree that the old design and floors didn’t work, so I’m glad that you did the work to start your renovation. I hope it’s all gone well, and thanks for sharing!

  • July 18, 2016

    Hey great share,,,,

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article. Your tips are really awesome and beneficial. Hope to see more stuff from your side.

    Keep sharing!!!
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  • July 18, 2016

    Hey Kristine!

    Great share buddy!

    I am suffering from the same situation where I wonder what should I do with this old stuff.I decided to keep it in my store room and I will get it repaired despite purchasing a new one. The idea of keeping the old tub is really good.Old things can be remodelled well,instead of being thrown away .You also utilised your bathroom sink .Great job.I will follow it and surely gonna remodel my old stuff and will put it in my remodelled bathroom.

    Regards
    Fred Wingg

  • August 31, 2016

    Wow!!
    What a lovely post.Some really fabulous ideas shared by you regarding home renovation. The tile looks amazing. What a comprehensive project undertaken. But seeing your involvement and the pictures of your house, I strongly feel the end finish will be breathtaking. Thanks for sharing…

    Keep posting and Keep sharing.. 🙂
    Regards;
    Ajdak

  • November 28, 2016

    Before buying any materials, always ask for quotes from your contractors about what materials are needed. You can also ask your architects and engineers on what brand of material you should look out for and what brands are best.

  • December 12, 2016

    That tile is so neat! You made a great choice. I can’t wait to see the yellow claw-foot tub!

  • February 11, 2017
    Anthony

    Great

  • February 13, 2017

    If a contractor doesn’t have insurance and a worker gets hurt on your project, you could be liable. The same goes with accidents that damage your next-door neighbor’s home. “If you have scaffolding that fell and damaged the property next door, you want the contractor’s liability to cover the cost of that damage,” Get proof of insurance. Pick a contractor who specializes in your project type.

  • February 14, 2017

    Be careful to keep your color choices aligned with the home’s architecture. In other words, don’t add cottage garden-type flowers to a bed in front of a starkly modern home. Certain plants are grown because of their interesting and colorful foliage, such as hosta and coleus, and are better suited to more modern homes. If you have questions about what to plant, consult with the experts at your local nursery.

  • March 16, 2017

    The big home improvement stores carry a variety of inexpensive styles and all you need to do is stick them in the ground. Not only are they functional – lighting your way at night – but they provide ornamentation as well.

  • March 17, 2017
  • March 18, 2017

    Home renovation is one of the most common and famous way to add a new look to your home. Many homeowners are become very serous for home renovation, you have share here useful and also effective tips for home renovation in efficient way.  Use a good paint for your home because painting is one of the easy and best way to give a great and new look to your home and you can also do it yourself.

  • March 28, 2017

    If you want to start your dream renovation project, you can do so by finding creative ways to work within your budget. One of the best ways to save is being flexible in your design.

  • March 28, 2017

    Be careful to keep your color choices aligned with the home’s architecture. In other words, don’t add cottage garden-type flowers to a bed in front of a starkly modern home. Certain plants are grown because of their interesting and colorful foliage, such as hosta and coleus, and are better suited to more modern homes. If you have questions about what to plant, consult with the experts at your local nursery.

  • March 28, 2017

    Be picky and have lots of options. Seek at least three bids from prospective contractors based on the same specifications, materials and labor needed to complete the project. Homeowners should discuss bids in detail with each contractor and ask questions about variations in pricing. The lowest-priced contractor may not be the best.

  • May 9, 2017

    I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like! A new floor really makes a difference when renovating. It almost transforms the room! Thanks for sharing.

  • May 10, 2017

    Adding up some cool design on your house like these really pops out and adds some more value to the house.
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  • May 11, 2017

    Looks great! I love all the fixtures and tile you chose! Thanks for sharing.

  • May 19, 2017

    Wow, great post! Home renovation can certainly always be a fun project while adding value to your house. Thanks for sharing!
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  • June 7, 2017

    Awesome post! Love the claw foot tub, I’ve personally always wanted one. Can’t wait to see the finished project. Thanks for sharing!

  • June 17, 2017

    Consider the function of your renovated basement when choosing flooring for the space: a playroom will benefit from a soft floor made from play mats or carpet while laminate or hardwood flooring will add warmth to a guest bedroom.

  • June 27, 2017

    Wow, I didn’t know that replacing linoleum floors could be a lot of work in bathroom renovation. My husband and I are thinking about renovating our bathroom; the floors definitely need to go. I love the choice that you made for the tiles. The art deco pattern adds a vintage vibe, and would look great with your clawfoot tub!

  • June 30, 2017

    Remodeling can also take on the form of revamping or adding a bathroom, redoing a kitchen, overhauling your home’s exterior for improved curb appeal, or completing an addition to increase your home’s square footage and add valuable space. Big and small changes can both have an impact and will improve the way your home looks and functions, increasing its value and making it more enjoyable for you and your family.

  • July 14, 2017

    Some home renovations need to focus on details and improvements.

  • July 25, 2017

    Home improvement, by definition, is making changes to one’s home by making improvements on the house’s looks. Home improvement is usually done by professional contractors, handymen, and even the house owner himself.

  • July 26, 2017

    Consider the function of your renovated basement when choosing flooring for the space: a playroom will benefit from a soft floor made from play mats or carpet while laminate or hardwood flooring will add warmth to a guest bedroom.

  • July 26, 2017

    The building plan for the house should be complete, exact and followed until the end. Numerous changes and unexpected modifications in the plans could lead to a blown budget. Thus, make sure that you have a clear and exact plan from the construction to the labor to get the job done.
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  • August 1, 2017

    All the images that you have shared through this blog are useful and all the demonstration of images are very useful and I am totally satisfied with your blog.
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  • August 2, 2017

    I appreciate your work, its inspiring to me 🙂 even i am thing to renovate my home and could be similar bit ! anyways you did a great job. thanks for sharing.

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