Our floors are finished and they are fabulous.

When it came to choosing flooring for the bathroom, the criteria were

1) Affordable/Cheap

2) Had a timeless appearance (We don’t want to be sick of it in 5 years.  We’d like to love it for 50!)

I love the vintage hexagonal tile, but because our bathroom is rather large, that’s a lot of grout lines to keep clean, and at $5-$6/ square foot, was more than we were hoping to spend.

I really didn’t want to do a modern- look… any modern tile that I would like would either not fit the era of the house, or be way too expensive.  After a little head-scratching, it hit me:  a checkerboard floor.

Checkerboard floors have been around for a loooooong time, so it fit that criteria.(

It also allowed us to use generic, solid black and white, 12″ tile, which we ordered from the American Olean “Urban Tones” collection from Lowes for $3.47/ sq foot.  We paid $400 in tile.


The other thing we treated ourselves to was to heat the tile.  The bathroom has 3 exterior walls and is super cold during our long winters.  We knew that even thought it would be a bit of a splurge, it was a luxury that we would really appreciate on a daily basis.  We were able to order the heat coils online at 60% off, and paid about $500.  So if you factor in grout and mortar, the floor cost ~$1000.


We have a jam packed weekend, but my husband was able to install the toilet this morning so, I think that means the bathroom is officially “open for business”  🙂



One thought on “Checkerboard

  1. Seth Hoffman says:

    Looks great!

    We also installed electric in-floor heat when we did our bathroom. After living with it now, I wouldn’t tile a bathroom without it. So nice not to step on cold tile with bare feet!

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