Reveal: small bath with large format "marblelain" tile

badgergalApril 11, 2014

In a recent post, GWer Hunzi coined the word "marblelain" as a name for porcelain tiles that look like marble. So thanks to Hunzi, this is the first marblelain reveal on GW.

The bathroom in this reveal is my daughter's main bath. Since she is a busy, working new mom, I pre-shopped for tile, countertop, plumbing fixtures, cabinets and lighting and then she and her DH choose from the selections I found.

The bathroom is 76" x 61" plus the 36x60 tub alcove area. The house was built in 1964 and the bathroom had been updated once by the previous owner. In that update the original tub was re-glazed from a pinkish brown color to white. The white glazing was wearing out and the tub looked like it has a case of measles. The tub was also very shallow (water depth about 8 inches) and my DD really wanted a tub that she could soak in. So wanting a new tub lead to a complete gut and rebuild of the bathroom. My DD also wanted a vanity linen cabinet because there was no linen closet in the house. Adding a linen cabinet, meant that she would lose 18 inches of already limited countertop space. She was able to reclaim about 9 inches of counter space by replacing the previous 21 in wide oval sink with a 12 inch round sink.

This is the only before picture that my DD had of the bathroom:

Being a young, modern couple my DD and her DH wanted a modern more contemporary look for their bathroom so they opted to use large format tiles. Since they didnt want any brown/gold tones they went decided on gray and white. They liked the look of marble but didn't want to deal with the maintenance of it so I searched local tile stores and GW for faux marble tile.

The tile that she used is Daltile's Florentine series in their Cararra color. The tile is available in several sizes with either a matte or shiny finish. They chose to use 24x24 for the floor and 12x24 for the tub surround with both sizes in matte.

Here are a couple pre grout pictures of the tile.

And a couple with the tile grouted:

The cabinets are Fieldstone. They have a tinted varnish finish. The color is called Pearl and it is a very light gray. They seem to be a very nice quality and were a good price point. She used an 18" linen tower and a 27" sink base. We were able to get by without using any filler and thus able to keep within the 30" code required for the toilet area.

Since her countertop area is so small we didn't want to pay for a whole slab of stone so we had to find a remnant that would work. The fabricator had lots of whites to choose from but they were the wrong shades of white or were too busy looking. Since the cabinets were such a light gray color the kids decided to go with a dark gray/black countertop. We were lucky to find a piece of Hanstone Black Coral that was the right size. They extended the counter over the toilet for a little extra space.

Here is a close up of the countertop and the 12" round Porcher Marquee sink with Kohler's Forte faucet. The sink really is big enough and deep enough for their needs.

They love the Kohler Archer tub and the multifunction Kohler Forte Shower head.

The mosaic they used is Florida Tile's Pietra Art Bliss Iceland. The vanity light is Tech Lighting's Metro Bath Bar. The mirror is the Colby from Crate and Barrel.

In addition to the vanity light, they have a solar tube and 2 recessed lights in the ceiling.

They still need to put some pictures or shelves on the walls but for now they are very pleased with their new bathroom. They had a fabulous contractor who was also the tile man. The project was completed in under 1 month.

To close this long post here are a couple close ups of the tile and mosaic


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jrueter

What great teamwork! You guys did a great job, and I appreciate you sharing all the details and pictures here.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 10:26AM
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cat_mom

Nice transformation!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 12:11PM
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enduring

Wonderful. Thanks for the post and the details as jrueter comments. I think that counter configuration is called a banjo countertop. I bet they are so happy. You're a great mom :)

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 1:55PM
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writersblock

That looks great. I really like the Daltile. Most marbleain has such strong patterning, but I much prefer the subtlety of this.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 2:03PM
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hunzi

Yay Marblelain!!!! Thanks for using my new word!!!

I love this tile! It looks amazing on the floor! It looks like one huge slab!

Definitely in the running for the 1920s 2nd Story Hall Bathroom! (If I survive the Starting From Dirt Basement Bathroom!).

Always ;-)
Hunzi

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 3:45PM
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badgergal

Hunzi, glad you didn't mind me using your new word. I think it's a great word.

I agree with you Writersblock, that many of the faux marble tiles do have strong patterning. My DD like the more understated look. We did have a sample from Florida Tile Gallant Carrara that was also more subtle. We preferred the sizes of the Daltile. I believe the Gallant does have more trim pieces like listello, and chair rail so if you need that kind of trim, check out Florida Tile.

You are correct Enduring, the extension over the toilet is called a banjo. It is only 8.5" deep but every inch counts in a small bathroom.

My DD and her DH are both very appreciative of the work I did so it makes it all worth it. Plus, I am so glad the my first grand baby has a nice tub to take baths in:

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 11:22PM
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enduring

CUTE!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 7:04AM
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raehelen

Great job!

I love all the pics and accompanying details.

Which Kohler tub was it? And how how are the sides? I am helping my sister, and she was worried about getting a tub too deep to bathe babies in. (I am trying to convince her to get something higher than her present 14" deep tub).

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 3:37PM
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badgergal

Raehelen, the tub they got is the Archer. Theirs is the 32x60 Alcove tub. I believe a 30 inch wide model is available now too. According to their website it has a "Comfort Depth® design offers a convenient 19-inch step-over height while retaining the same depth as a standard 21-inch bath."

My daughter says its actually easier to bathe the baby in this new tub because she can lean on the sides of the tub now, which she couldn't do with the extremely low tub she had before. She also says the higher sides contain the splashes better and her baby loves to splash.

My daughter also said because the back of the tub has a curved slant, it is comfortable for her to relax in. She likes loves increased water depth.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 5:28PM
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Skyangel23

very nice! Really pops with that dark wall color. :-)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 10:59PM
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beth

I love the way you installed the tile around the tub. And the way you matched the grey lines. What a great job you did.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 2:03PM
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beth

I love the way you installed the tile around the tub. And the way you matched the grey lines. What a great job you did.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 3:50PM
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MrsBarlow

I love that tile. It's what is currently in our hall bathroom. However, we fell in love with a glass accent tile that means we're changing the color to Daltile's Crema Marfil. (white was just to harsh against the cream colored glass)

I do have a question about the toiletry shelves: What are they made of? I really like the clean line look.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 7:46PM
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badgergal

Thanks skyangle23, pasture19 and MrsBarlow.
The wall color is not quite as dark as it looks in the pictures. The kids did not want the room to look too white. Even though the wall color is fairly dark, the solar tube makes the room very bright. Most days you don't even need to turn on the lights.

I do like the way the tile guy made sure the veins flowed from one tile to the next.

The toiletry shelves were made from the tiles. The tiler cut 2 corners for each shelf and then adhered them together with the thin set/mortar. He notched out the wall tiles so that he could securely attach the shelves.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 10:54PM
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feisty68

Oh, I can't see your photos. What a great idea to use large format tiles - the practicality of that really appeals to me!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 1:37AM
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badgergal

Feisty68, sorry my pictures disappeared. I guess I exceeded the my photobucket limits.
I agree with you that large tiles are practical. I think the space actually looks bigger with the large tiles, especially the floor. Larger tiles mean less grout lines to keep clean and that's a good thing.

Here are some of the missing photos:

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 9:06PM
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mgmum

Gorgeous! I've been eyeing up tiles like that for when I get around to doing my bathroom!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 11:02PM
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feisty68

Looks great! Thanks for posting more photos. I have to agree with you that the large tiles do seem to expand the space!

It's funny how you hear so many rules about this. One tile "expert" in a store *insisted* that I should have small tiles in my tiny bathroom. But he didn't convince me, or look like the kind of guy who would scrub the grout either!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 1:39AM
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mgmum

Hey Badgergal! I'm planning on stealing almost this entire look for my bathroom reno. Both my boys and I love it, so thankfully we all agree on something! I'm hoping I can get a 60" tub into my small space, since that seems to be the only size available!

What is the wall colour, do you recall?

Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 18, 2015 at 10:14AM
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badgergal

MGMum, I will be going to my daughter's house tomorrow so I will check the paint can for the color name and brand. I do know that the cabinet color was called pearl. The cabinets are Fieldstone. The pearl color is actually in their white/ off white group of colors but it is definitely a light gray. We had some trouble finding cabinets that came in the right shade of light gray because we didn't want green or blue under tones. Dura Supreme Cabinets also had a couple good light gray colors. I think the two we liked were called Zinc and Silver Mist.
My daughter knew she didn't want white countertops so that drove her decision to go with the light cabinets and dark counter. She was lucky to get a remnant of Hanstone's Black Coral for the countertop. It's great because it is not a shiny black so it doesn't show water spots.
Here was her sample board. I can't make out the paint color name though. Will let you know tomorrow.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2015 at 4:13PM
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hunzi

Thank you for reminding me how much I completely adore this bathroom! I may have another couple of bathrooms (possible rental) on the horizon after the Starting From Dirt Basement Bathroom is finally done (soon, so soon), and I know I'm going to be looking at this marblelain tile!!! Love the big format.

Always ;-)
Hunzi

    Bookmark   January 19, 2015 at 2:41PM
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nicole__

Very pretty! Good job!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2015 at 11:07PM
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badgergal

Thanks again Hunzi for the compliment.
MGMum, the color used in my daughters bathroom was Glidden's Seal Gray but we had it made with Kennsington Clark paint from Ace Hardware.
Here's a shot of the shelves and towel ring she added after the previous pictures were posted.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 8:53AM
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mgmum

Awesome! Thanks badgergal!! I'll post pics when mine is finally done. I won't have room for a nice vanity/linen tower like that though. I'll be replacing a pedestal with a little cabinet from Ikea if I can get it ordered. They are in short supply now. I just need a place to put some supplies! My bathroom is TINY! You guys really did a great job with this, so I hope you don't mind my using it for inspiration. :)

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 2:36PM
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piscesgirl

If you don't mind me asking, how much was the cabinetry? We have a similar cabinet layout, and are looking for affordable cabinets. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 6:04PM
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badgergal

Firsthome, the cabinets that we used were Fieldstone. The salesperson told me that the Fieldstone cabinets were about 30% more than some of the other cabinets she carried. Unfortunately we couldn't find that light grey color in the less expensive cabinets. Also, tall linen cabinets are a bit pricey. I don't recall the exact price but it was almost twice as much as the sink base. The linen cabinet is 18x21x84. The sink base is 27x21x34. The two items with filler, crown, toe kick, shoe molding and delivery included were $1,750.
If you are not looking for a specific color like we were, you should be able to find cabinets for less than what we spent (depending on were you live).
My daughter loves having that tall cabinet. Her house has a serious lack closet/storage space.
Good luck on finding the right cabinets at the right price.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2015 at 4:54PM
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cdpettiette

Hi, I love the bathroom, great job badgergal! I have a question about the tile. I got a sample of this from daltile and my sample had quiet a few golden veins mixed in with the gray veining. In your pics I don't see this at all. While I think the sample is pretty, the golden color really doesn't match my accent tile as well. Do you see this in this bathroom tile? Perhaps I should get another sample.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2015 at 9:27AM
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badgergal

cdpettette, there is very little golden-brown veining in the tiles. I know we had 3 (maybe it was 4 ) full size tiles that we brought home as samples. There is a little of the gold-brown in some but not most of the tiles. It really presents itself a grey and white like it does in the pictures above. I will be at my daughter's house tomorrow and will take some close up pictures of any tiles with the gold color in them and post them on here for you to see.

Are your sample tiles the Florentine Series? I know that Home Depot carried some Daltile ceramic tiles that looked like mable but they are not the same as the Florentine Carrara porcelain tiles that my daughter used.

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cdpettiette
Thank you badgergal. My sample is from daltile store. It is the florentine. I think I need a couple more samples but your daughters bathroom makes me think it will look great. I am thinking of using it with a baroque accent also from daltile. Prob going to use it in the shower on walls in the 12x24 laid vertically with a 2 ft strip of the accent tile running vertically. How do you think they look together? Then bathroom floors I'll either do the same 12x24 or one of the larger squares.
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enduring

How do the white tiles look IRL with the white background of the large florentine tile? I think the mosaic is very nice.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2015 at 6:00PM
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badgergal

cdpettiete, I just checked the tiles in my DD's bathroom and honestly you have to look closely for the the gold veins. It appears to me that there are 6 different patterns/variations of the tiles and if you flip them around you get 6 more. Your sample seems to be the same as this tile in my DD's room.

I counted only 5 of this pattern on the tub walls and from a distance you barely notice the gold.

Most of the tiles have no gold in them at all or a much smaller amount than your sample. I really don't think you have to worry about the gold veins.

I like the mosaic you picked out and think it will be a nice focal point running vertically. As enduring mentioned though, check the small white tiles in the mix to make sure the undertone of them is good with the background of the large tiles. On my screen the small white tiles appear to have a yellow undertone. In real life they might be just fine with the wall tiles in your bathroom, only you can be the judge of that in your room. I have noticed that big tiles appear to have a white background until you see them next to bright white like my daughter's woodwork, then you see how the background is more grey.

Are you planning on using the matte or the gloss finish tiles. My DD's wall and floor tiles are the matte finish. To me the shiny tiles look quite different from the matte finish. We preferred to have the floor and walls look the same so we didn't put the use shiny ones on the wall.

Be sure to post pictures when you finish.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 11:37AM
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happyallison

I think the bathroom turned out beautifully, love it! What a great mom you are!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 1:20PM
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cdpettiette

Thanks ya'll! The white tiles In the accent are definitely not a bright white. But not yellow. They are a limestone which is what I Am leaning towards for shower floor. I have one other tile from daltile I liked (Invoke in sheer glow) but my designer does not like it with the carrara countertops I'm doing. What do ya'll think...

Here's the bathroom run down, wait.... am I hijacking hit his thread? Should I be saying a new one? I have never posted before so I hope I'm not!

Carrara countertops, accent tile will also be the backsplash behind vanities. black walnut vanities, 12x24 tile in shower running vertically with accent stripe running vertically. Will most likely use same tile that I use for shower walls on bath floors but possibly the 24x24. If I go with the florentine Carrara I was thinking matte, I have not seen the polished.

Shower tile sketch

Option 2- invoke sheer glow

Option 1- florentine with other elements.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 2:59PM
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happyallison

I do say I like Option 1 elements best. I have seen the Sheer Glow in the store and have fallen in love with it, I was picturing using it in my daughters bath, of which I was considering marble counter. Here the carrara looks so much more cool gray compared to the sheer glow which looks more tan in the photo. IRL it looked just a pretty off-white to me.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 3:06PM
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cdpettiette
Happyallison, that sheer glow tile is really gorgeous! In store I thought it was very ivory/tan, but now that the sample is home it still has a lot of gray to it. A very greige taupe tone tile for sure. I love the shimmer it has. I may have been trying to force it to go because I love it so much. Lol. There's another color called mystic way that matches my accent tile perfectly, but I'm using so much gray in my house that I'd really like to keep floor tile more neutral and light. Thanks for weighing in!
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enduring

Cdpettiette, it would be best to repost some of this project into a new thread then you get responses to your project. I don't think anyone minds that you are on your project on this thread, but it will be difficult to follow in an effiecent way.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 4:30PM
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loves2read

To the OP--

those tiles really look like marble and will be so much easier to take care of in a bathroom...thanks for posting them...

what grout did you use for the bath area and for the floor?

I wonder if there is a reason the bathtub spout and valve control look a little off center of the tile? Is it just the angle of the camera? or was there another reason--I know that plumbing can't always be in location for the best design...

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 9:28PM
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badgergal

Sorry, I don't know off hand what the grout is. It is my daughters bathroom and I can see if the contractor left some grout at their house when I go there tomorrow to watch my granddaughter and let you know.

I do know that the shower valve and tub spout are not off center in the tile so it is just the angle of the picture. The contractor who was also the tile man was an absolute perfectionist and wouldn't allow anything to be "off". He has since done my son's bathroom and I will be using him in the future for my hall bath remodel. I wish everyone could have a contractor like him.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 9:56PM
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Mags438

Great bath remodel. I'm glad it came around again. I absolutely love the tiles. I haven't seen them in my local HD, our loss.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2015 at 8:42PM
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badgergal

Thanks mags438 and happyallison for your compliments.

loves2read, sorry I couldn't find the grout at my daughter's house so I can't tell you what it was. I will post back after I talk to my son-in-law if he can tell me what it is.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2015 at 9:16PM
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loves2read

Thanks for keeping up with the questions on the thread--

I wish there was a way to "flag" queries vs comments because some threads generate so many responses it might be nice for the OPs to separate the two kinds out...

    Bookmark   February 18, 2015 at 6:45AM
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happyallison

Badgergal it turned out beautiful! Is the fieldstone color a gray/tan? It looks very light in the pics. Can I ask where you purchased it from? I'm starting to shop for my children's baths.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2015 at 8:45AM
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badgergal

happyallison, the Fieldstone cabinets are a very light grey, no tan undertone in them. The wood is maple and the color is called Pearl. There is no glaze on the cabinets. The Pearl color is actually found in there white/off white group of colors.

I bought the cabinets at a local flooring/tile store that also carries a few lines of cabinets. Fieldstone's website does have a deal locator tab. I believe the cabinets are made in South Dakota and are available across the country. They are a nice quality cabinet. http://www.fieldstonecabinetry.com/Pages/home.aspx

    Bookmark   February 18, 2015 at 5:37PM
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