HOUSE: Newburgh

Bathroom tiles and paint.

We are making such good progress in the bathroom. It’s very exciting! Sure, the tub and sink are still out being reglazed (after 4 weeks…), but I can look past that and focus on the fact that the room is officially NO LONGER SCARY. I can actually imagine myself taking a bath in there (in a bathtub, of course).

Marble hexagon tiles.

All of our windows are original to the house. This is the first one I’ve repaired and painted.

Ceiling medallion and glass pendant.

Putting the new sash lock on the window felt like a real accomplishment. This is something people do when they’re close to being finished, right?

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  • Reply lsaspacey June 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Wow, wow, wow! This looks incredible and yes I remember when it was scary. Great job, it’s almost done!

  • Reply wanderluster June 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Your bathroom looks lovely! I love love love the marble hex tiles.

  • Reply April in CT June 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    That is one beautiful bathroom you have there! It’s so crisp, clean and inviting all at the same time. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Reply megan June 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    it’s fantastic!

  • Reply Chee Ann June 29, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    This looks beautiful! It’s hard to believe that this is the same room!

  • Reply Adam June 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I can’t believe how beautiful it looks! I am so impressed. I totally want the same clean and crisp feeling for my bathroom!

  • Reply Janelle June 29, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I thought you were posting an inspiration bathroom at first. That is so amazing and beautiful! I love how the tiles and the textures break of the white and makes it much more clean, rather than just sterile.

  • Reply alicia June 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    that looks great! the tile is a beautiful choice.

  • Reply Lexi June 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    It’s looking awesome! I love the tile. 🙂

  • Reply MrsLimestone June 29, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Stunning – you have a lot to be proud of it.

  • Reply MrsLimestone June 29, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    er – I meant “proud of”

  • Reply lindsay June 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    It’s beautiful! So serene, clean, and crisp! I can’t wait to see what else you do to it 🙂

  • Reply carlyn June 29, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Wow – as usual you have a gift for making your vision come to life. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Reply Isabelle June 29, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    those tiles are beautiful

  • Reply Emily June 29, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Phenomenal!!! I still love those tiles. Did you end up painting the tub red?

  • Reply woodley park-zoo June 29, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    O. M. G. Those tiles are FREAKING AMAZING! My mom is a marble addict and is going to do marble probably all over her house, wonder if I could turn her on to this look…

    But what about grout cleaning? Will it be hard to maintain?

  • Reply woodley park-zoo June 29, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Forgot to say, I love that sash lock! I mean, who knew a window lock could be sexy?!

  • Reply angelica June 30, 2008 at 12:42 am

    the hexagon tiles are amazing! the bathroom looks so much bigger. i cant wait to see the finished product!

  • Reply Jess June 30, 2008 at 1:59 am

    This room is already so lovely, it will be so tranquil to bathe in here. ; )

  • Reply Lillian June 30, 2008 at 4:23 am

    Wow, it looks great!!! Can´t wait to see the bathtub 🙂

  • Reply parfumdeviolette June 30, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Wonderful blog !

  • Reply Mirjam June 30, 2008 at 6:11 am

    I really like your new bathroom so far! Can’t wait to see how it looks when the bathtub arrives. I like your bathroom even more after seeing the ‘before’ photo’s. Good job!

  • Reply Griffo68 June 30, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Beautifully crisp, clean and white and the floor tiles are a triumph!
    A fantastic addition to your already gorgeous and inspiring home, your love for it shines through.
    Also loving your collection of Eames chairs !!!

  • Reply kay* June 30, 2008 at 10:35 am

    this is one stunning bathroom! great work you’ve done! kudos you must be very proud!…and i agree with everyone-the marble hexagon tiles are lovely!

  • Reply DiP June 30, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Looks like it only took…

    about 2000 hours!!!
    Oh, to have the energy of you two!!!

  • Reply DiP June 30, 2008 at 10:51 am

    “…But what about grout cleaning? Will it be hard to maintain?”

    woodley park-zoo doesn’t know Anna do they!

  • Reply jaime June 30, 2008 at 10:59 am

    wow it looks so awesome. i’m super jealous.

  • Reply katie June 30, 2008 at 11:06 am

    WOW! Gorgeous!

  • Reply Sally June 30, 2008 at 11:50 am

    LOVE the tile! Love it all, actually 🙂

  • Reply nicole June 30, 2008 at 11:57 am

    it’s AMAZING. so clean and inviting. a breath of fresh air. the tiles are a surprise — so orderly and precise and yet some refreshing, organic patterning in the marble. it’s wonderful to see all of your hard work coming to life. i can almost hear that soothing bathwater already.

  • Reply Lauren June 30, 2008 at 11:59 am

    i have been waiting for this moment and now we finally get to see the amazing bathroom! now i cannot wait for the tub to come in! it looks amazing and definitely an inviting place for a bath.

  • Reply amy June 30, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    looking gorgeous
    Can you tell me about yr tiles? Where? love them!

  • Reply AAW June 30, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Where did you get the pendant light?

  • Reply Anna at D16 June 30, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone! 🙂 It sure feels great to have an end in sight for this project. Hopefully the electric will be done in a couple of weeks, and then we can put up the wallpaper and get our fixtures installed. Yay!

    To answer some questions…

    W-P Zoo: DiP is right, if you have to ask about keeping something clean, you don’t know me. 😉 I’m not too worried. We don’t wear shoes in the house, and this is a 2nd floor bathroom. The grout (and marble) will be sealed, and I vacuum and mop the entire house every week.

    Oh, and that’s just a standard-issue Home Depot sash lock, so you too can partake and in the sexiness if you so desire!

    amy: The tiles are bevel-less white carrera marble hexagons. We bought ours through Fuda tile in Ramsey, NJ, but I’m sure you can get them elsewhere. Ask at your local tile store. They may be able to special order them even if you don’t see them on display.

  • Reply Anna at D16 June 30, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    AAW: The pendant light is the 8″ BASISK from IKEA. It’s sold as a plug-in light, so I had to cut the cord in order to hardwire it.

  • Reply aennie June 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    so beautiful!

  • Reply laura @ the shorehouse June 30, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Wow, those floors tiles ARE so amazing. You’re lucky to have the window…I can see in your pics that the natural light really makes them look super. I am inspired to rip up my crappy plastic floor sooner rather than later.

  • Reply Aimee June 30, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    I have never seen marble tiles that shape! How gorgeous! Your bathroom is going to be a dream when it’s done.

  • Reply Kathryn S July 1, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Wow! Those tiles are gorgeous!

  • Reply fiona July 1, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Love the tile! I was thinking about white penny rounds for my floor, but hmmm. I may have to do more research. I wonder how these would hold up in a shower?

  • Reply lau July 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    those tiles are lovely. they look sparkly.

  • Reply Katja July 2, 2008 at 1:53 am

    It looks beautiful. I love the tile!

  • Reply nina July 2, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Wow, very, very promising!

  • Reply 50s Pam July 3, 2008 at 8:22 am

    The bathroom floor tile is spectacular.

  • Reply Amy July 4, 2008 at 10:46 am

    It looks AMAZING!!!

  • Reply Z July 5, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I idolize your bathroom floor. Wow!
    I just added you to my blog roll and I’d be thrilled if you checked it out !

  • Reply far out brussel sprout July 6, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Those tiles are GENIUS.

  • Reply kristy July 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    crazy! it’s really beautiful and come a long way. the hardware is gorgeous.

  • Reply Molly Christie August 1, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    That is SO totally cool. I love love love it. Inspiring!!

  • Reply shannon carter August 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I LOVE the tiles and are looking for them myself! I have found honed but yours look polished. Are your hexagon tiles polished? They look FABULOUS!!

  • Reply valerie valk October 6, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Love, Love, love wha you’ve done. I’ve contacted Fuda tile looking for your same floor tile. Are they 1″ or 2″? Polished? or honed? Do you remember who made them?

    thank you for posting all your hard work!

  • Reply RIchtsje November 1, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Even without a bath and all that stuff, it looked great, fresh & clean! Such an improvement already, and the finished version of it is even better 😉

  • Reply anne November 25, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Looking good! Seriously beautiful tiles on the floor. How high are your ceilings? They look really high!

  • Reply cris March 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Your bathroom is lovely
    Do you mind telling me more about your paneling. It is so simple and an excellent fit/contast to the marble floor
    Thanks again

  • Reply Anna at D16 March 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Cris, the wainscot is made of tongue-and-groove pine flooring. It’s sold in 8′ lengths, so we just cut each plank in half to make up the 4′ height. Pine flooring is very affordable (we paid about $1 sf) and much thicker than most beadboard (5/8″ vs 3/8″).

  • Reply cris March 25, 2009 at 12:21 am

    You are so kind to answer so fast! thanks and I apologize if I missed your previous answer to this. Is the floor honed or polished. my sample from the LA tile store I have is honed but yours looks to have a polish. I had been collecting every assortment of rectified hex ceramic to try and fix our 1907 bath, but When I saw the marble floor and wainscotting it was like “bingo”. I am lucky that so many clever people have gone before me and my sincere thanks to you and your doorsixteen friends!

  • Reply carol July 21, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Just beautiful . . .

    What are the paint colors (and brand) you used for the wainscot and the walls? Again, just beautiful.

    Also, I’m thinking your marble tile floor is polished, not honed, right?

    Thanks! Be so proud!

  • Reply Kris February 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Just came across your blog. LOVE your bathroom. I’m shopping around for floor tile and am considering marble hex floor. Can you please share the manufacturer, style number and price/sq foot?

    Also curious to hear your experience with tub reglazing. I have an original claw foot tub and am considering reglazing, but am concerned the finish will not be as durable and attractive as the original porcelain.

    THANKS!! Kris in Seattle

    • Anna @ D16 February 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Sorry, I don’t have any of that information. We bought it at Fuda Tile in Paramus, NJ several years ago.

      We had our tub sandblasted and powder-coated offsite. It’s not the epoxy “reglazing” that you see advertised by tub refinishing companies—it’s a totally different process. Epoxy refinishing is definitely NOT as durable as porcelain, but sanblasting/powder-coating is extremely durable and requires no special care.

  • Reply abbi.a March 12, 2012 at 12:15 am

    just love it!

    so you mind sharing the size of the hexagon tiles? and also the height of the beadboard? just love the dimensions. thanks!

    • Anna @ D16 March 12, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Thanks! The tiles are 1″, and the wainscoting is roughly 55″ high including the base and cap moldings.

  • Reply andrea April 3, 2012 at 6:38 am

    hi anna! your bathroom and blog looks marvelous. i’ve been scouring your blog to see if you say what color grout you ended up using with the marble hex tiles… do you remember? we’re about to put some in and i feel like the grout can make all the difference…

    • Anna @ D16 April 3, 2012 at 10:18 am

      The grout is white.

  • Reply Teri July 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Anna,
    I LOOOOVE the marble floor tile, so much that I just bought 1″ marble hex for my own bathroom remodel. I am struggling now with grout color. My marble is venatino rather than carrera, so it has a slightly whiter background, but still looks very much like yours. I am going to choose either white grout, or a very, very light gray (called Frost, by Mapei). How do you feel about your choice of white? How is it holding up in appearance, and would you choose white again if you had it to do over? I am leaning towards the white, because it seems the most classic look with the least attention to the grout lines (which is what I want), but it seems like so many people choose a light gray because they are worried the white will look dirty.

    Thank you, and I hope you still answer this, considering my question is three years after your original post!


    • Anna @ D16 July 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Yes, I’d still go with white. We don’t wear shoes in the house, we don’t have kids, and this is a 2nd-floor bathroom, so it’s really a non-issue in our situation.

    • Teri July 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Anna, thanks so much for your prompt reply. Might I trouble you with one more question? I see that Laticrete has two whites — Bright and Antique — and Mapei has two — Avalanche and White. Do you happen to know which you used? Someone told me that I might find the Avalanche too white in contrast to the tile, and I didn’t realize until I checked their color chart online that they have the “White 00,” which on my monitor at least looks a little less bright.

      You must love getting all this positive response to your gorgeous bathroom. Great work!

    • Anna @ D16 July 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Teri, it’s so long ago now—I really don’t remember. I’m not even sure what brand we used. Sorry!!

  • Reply TERI July 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks Anna, that’s OK! I felt silly asking, actually, but you’d have made my day if you happened to remember. I’ll figure it out. 🙂

  • Reply Madie August 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Anna. I know this post is from ages ago but I need your help! I am renovating my bathroom and I’m thinking of using marble hex tiles. can you tell me what size marble hex tiles you used and whether you used polished or honed tiles. Thanks!
    PS I love your blog.

    • Anna @ D16 August 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Hi, I think they’re 1″, definitely polished.

  • Reply Madie August 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks Anna for the response. One other question: did you have the grout and hex tiles sealed? if yes do you remember the name of the sealant/type of sealant?

    • Anna @ D16 August 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      I did seal the tile and grout, but I don’t remember the brand, sorry—it was four years ago.

  • Reply Fiona April 10, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Hi Anna.

    I don’t think you use this bathroom that much for actual bathing (if I remember correctly), but like everyone else I love, love, love your tiles.

    Have you had any problem with them discoloring? I’ve read that white marble can sometimes react with water to turn yellow-ish.


    • Anna @ D16 April 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

      No, not at all—or at least not that I can detect! I can’t say it would bother me, though. That kind of thing is just part of the aging process of natural materials.

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