I know that everyone loves expensive tile. I get it. I really do. It’s lovely.
But, because I’m sort of the strange Midwesterner who really likes practical things, I seriously LOVE SHEET VINYL FLOORING.
Phew. I’m so glad that’s off my chest.
We’ve actually done tile in our current bathroom and I HATE IT. There. It’s out there for the universe now. I had hoped and dreamed and wished for hex tile floors and we laid down the cash to do it. I really love the space.
And wouldn’t you know it …
- The installation was time-consuming and marriage-testing. (Tile simply takes several steps and lots of time.)
- The upkeep is annoying. (Because we chose white grout and unglazed tile, I find that the tile and grout is dirty ALL THE TIME. Yes. I sealed it. Yes. I clean it regularly. Basically, if I want it to look clean, I have to use a magic eraser and get on my hands and knees.
- It’s really cold. All the time.
- The tile was pretty pricy for a very small space.
And in the end, I’m just not all that happy with the floor. I like the IDEA of the floor – but I wouldn’t do that exact tile again. Maybe a different tile. Maybe something with in-floor heat and darker grout with a finish that’s easy to keep clean.
But you know what I did love? The vinyl sheet flooring in our first house. (Although we can just pretend the sponge painting didn’t happen.)
That was pre-blog and Pinterest, when I didn’t realize that other options existed. I didn’t realize that people cared about these silly things. Ryan and I just showed up at Menards one morning and picked out a floor.
And wouldn’t you know it …
- The flooring took an hour to install.
- It was the easiest floor ever to keep clean.
- It was super durable.
- I liked the looks of the it.
- IT WAS DIRT CHEAP.
So, when it came to the barn bathroom, it was a no-brainer to go with sheet vinyl. Maybe it’s not hip or chic, but it works for us.
Basically, the beauty of sheet vinyl is that it just has to be measured, cut and stuck in the room. No glue. No grout. Just lay it in there and go about your biz.
This is pretty much why Ryan loves sheet vinyl.
And I’m so stinkin’ happy with how it turned out. We went with the stone gate sheet vinyl flooring in cornerstone gray. It was $.89/square foot. Yeah. Insanity. It comes in a 10 foot length so we have enough for our bathroom and laundry room in the barn.
We also picked out the vanity. It’s the allen + roth Strabury vanity and sink. I had a dream for a barn wood vanity made by Ryan. (I’m obsessed with the DIY vanity Michelle and Nate just built.) But, we are on a tight schedule and didn’t want to add another thing to the list. So, when I saw this vanity, I thought it felt rustic enough to work well. And it looks lovely with the wall color and flooring. Win.
Moving away from the bathroom for other exciting news, WE HAVE RUNNING WATER. The pump work is totally done and Ryan got the plumbing run so we have a faucet. He sent me this picture in a text and I nearly cried from happiness.
It’s so beautiful. Two years of working without water is enough to make a family crazy. To water our plants or clean up, Ryan’s been going down to the creek in the Gator with four buckets. It’s like Little House in the Prairie up in there. With a Gator.
It’s really the little things. (This is how it looks coming into our utility room.)
And my aunt donated a second five-panel door for the pocket doors.
So, that’s the progress in our barn world. We have family in town for the holiday weekend, so we will probably take a project break. But, we’ll be back at it next week.
I think all the work will still be there waiting for us.