DDCO Cabin Main Bedroom and Ensuite Bath | One Room Challenge: Week Seven
Holy Moly....it's week seven of One Room Challenge and we have made so much progress but also still have so much to do before our reveal photoshoot on Saturday with Nicole Dianne Photography! We tackled some really big stuff this week and it's turning into a stunning canvas for all that will be installed for the big reveal!
Where to start, where to start.
Marble Mosaic Tile Rug
Sponsored by Sac Tile Liquidators and Laticrete
The marble mosaic tile rug started the ENTIRE design for the bedroom and bathroom. One of the first things we pinned on our inspiration board was a plaid mosaic tile made of marble. After getting a quote (which would have been like $4,000 for 30 sqft) we quickly decided to shift to a smaller tile rug to frame the entry of the bathroom. After we received the sample in, we realized that the color was not right for the space as the main color was a pitch black, the secondary color was a dark (almost blue) grey pietra, with a white thassos. The tile was way too contrasted, bold and dark for the space so after two months of coordinating the original option, we did a 180.
After we decided to move on to a new direction, we reached out to our sponsor, Sac Tile Liquidators, and collaborated with them to figure out what our options were! Jared started sourcing mosaic sheets with the pieces we would need to pull off this beauty and I began designing. I used the dimensions of the tile to come up with the pattern seen above! Jared worked his magic and sourced the perfect tiles to pull it off.
DONT DO THIS....
I started researching how to create a mosaic and came across many suggestions that recommended getting an adhesive fiberglass mesh sheet. We knew the rug would be somewhere arounds 24" x 28" so we bought a coordinating sheet. Once we got it in, we cut down a piece of plywood that would serve as our puzzle board. I plotted my scaled CAD drawing to use as a template and set it on top of the plywood. Then, we laid the fiberglass mesh over it and began laying our tiles...... FUN FACT: when you order adhesive mesh, MAKE SURE YOU DON'T GET DOUBLE SIDED. IT WILL STICK TO THE PLYWOOD, DESTROY AND DISTORT THE MESH, AND THEN YOU GET TO START FROM SCRATCH AND PULL OFF ALL OF YOUR PIECES FIVE DAYS BEFORE REVEAL.
ANYWAYS...The tile rug got hand laid by yours truly and while is was painful to fit my 5'10 body in a very VERY tight space at 8pm with one lightbulb....it turned out damn good.
A FEW TIPS AND TRICKS
We received very good recommendations by a world class tile artist and wanted to share them with you all:
If you are using natural stone tile, use distilled water when mixing your thinset and grout. If you have a high mineral content in your water, the mineral can leech through to the stone and cause it to stain or discolor. Too much calcium can cause it to turn pink. Too much Iron can cause it to turn yellow etc.
Use quality materials. If you cheap out on thin set and grout, it can cause your tiles to pop and or crack. We loved trying out the Laticrete Multimax Lite Mortar. We chose the white color so that it wouldn't effect the color of the lighter marbles. To finish the job, we used Laticrete Permacolor Grout in Silver Shadow.
Custom Vanity Delivery!
Sponsored my Amanda Fossum Design
Custom Marble Vanity Countertop
Sponsored by IRG and Marble Palace
Back in February, we took a trip down to IRG in Brisbane to take a tour of their showroom and select our slab! We went in with the intention of looking at either a light color marble, a soapstone, or a dark granite. After touring their facilities and looking through every type of natural and manufactured stone imaginable, they had up start a list of loves. They sent us around with a notebook and pen to record down the slab locations that peaked our interest and there were maaaannnnny. Once we got it narrowed down two four different stones, Carrara Marble, Black Taj Mahal, Marina Black Honed Slate, and Soapstone, we ultimately fell in love with this Carrara Supreme Honed Marble slab.
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