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Bathroom Reno - Please help!

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HHassist

I am sorry to report that I have to renovate my main floor bathroom. There is a leak in the bathtub. We have had plumbers in twice and caulked and re-caulked, to no avail.

I actually like the 70's 2x2 black and white tiles in the bathroom, which go well with my 70's house, so I am not happy about the prospect of a renovation. The dollars I see flying out of my pocket do not help.

HELP NEEDED:
This bathroom has the ONLY bathtub in the house, and so we will have to incorporate a new tub into the plan. Also, it is both the guest bathroom and the kid's bathroom, so practicality must prevail. The fixtures will be white. Marble is too formal for my casual home. I don't want to stray too far from the 70's architecture and style. I am considering slate tile for the floor.

1. What do you all think of slate in the bathroom?

2. It is a very small room - think typical 50s sized bathroom. Should I use 12x12 tiles or are smaller slate tiles available and would those be better?

3. What do you think of granite for the counter? Is it practical considering the kids? What is the cost per linear foot? Any other ideas with a slate floor?

4. If I have slate on the floor and granite on the counter - what do I do about tiling the tub/shower? I do not like those "surrounds" so tiling is a must.

Suggestions gratefully accepted!

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See, how great this forum is? The leak is the ONLY reason for the renovation. I have resigned myself to losing my black and white tile, now you tell me maybe I just need to recaulk.

I will tell my darling partner your advice, and Norm's reinforcement of the scary tub moving project. Maybe we can get someone in to dig out all the 20 year old caulking a redo it, and then I can just work on getting a fabulous granite counter, a cool light fixture and a frame for my mirror....

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Would you use 4x4 or 6x6 slate tiles on the walls then?

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Have you been talking to my darling partner? I had this conversation with him just last night...he said "leave the cabinet and counter for now" and deal with the floor, wall and tub....

I intend to "pretend" to agree, knowing him he will be unable to resist the other changes once I get that tub surround and floor redone. If he doesn't, I will just ignore him and do as I please. It is always better to put a little effort towards a consensus first though.

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You are the only one who noticed my disco duck...or maybe the only one brave enough to mention it! You are on my wavelenght absolutely. I actually had a miniature disco ball hanging in that bathroom for a while! My DP, always the party-pooper, took it down. Said it was "silly" - as if that wasn't the point!

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I like your suggestions - in truth I have been eyeing that cabinet since I urged you to paint yours black. I think you have an excellent idea there! I am happy with faux granite... I have no need to be superior about my "genuine" finishes...whatever will take the abuse will be great! Of course, I also want to frame the big mirror.

DO NOT tell my partner about your idea for the kitchen floor! That is, you guessed it, my top, ultra secret master master plan. Oh, he would just die if he knew what I was thinking. He would see his green fees all over the floor and his golf clubs collecting dust.

Does anyone know how much slate costs per square foot?

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You could have a full blown disco party in that room!!!

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Anonymous

Have you been in my bathroom? How did you know about the streaks and blobs. Did you also know Elise's gorilla hangs around in my bathroom part time? I think slate would hide the hair rather well too.

I will definitely check out home depot. I don't think I have seen a granite counter with a molded sink.

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As much as I love the black and white, I am thinking of this "must do" reno as an opportunity to inject a little colour, but just those tones in the slate. I think that you can get slate with some brown as well as the more typical grey, and I would want to use that type. In fact, don't tell my darling partner, but I have a little "master plan" that involves changing the ceramic tile in my entry and on my mantle and hearth to slate. Then, the bathroom would "match".

Keep the plan under wraps for now, I don't want to give the poor man a heart attack. He is quite a bit older than I, as he often reminds me. So many sentences begin "You are younger than I am, will you go get...."

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For the enthusiasm, as well as the advice. I hear you on the big floor tiles, and it makes sense. I am not committed to anything except the slate tile on the floor, so all ideas are great. Unfortunately we have been told the existing tile would be too damaged to preserve, so I must say adieu to it all.

Keep the ideas coming...since starting on this forum my partner and I have made some renovation decisions in accordance with the dictates of the majority of the forum members. I suspect that we may need to do so on the bathroom renovation issues. Darn man has opinions of his own, but thankfully you are all here as virtual mediators.

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I'm so excited for you even though you're not. I don't profess to be an expert on tiles, and granite finishes. I would keep your bathroom in the 70's theme. How about black and white tiles for the floor in a checkered pattern, and a marble looking granite countertop. Keep the rest of the tiles white on your walls, add one of those basin bowl sinks, and keep the cabinets white with a black mirror as an accent. I also think a waffle weave shower curtain would look very fresh.
Aren't you even the tiniest bit excited?

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When we bought our house, the bathroom was painted pink and the counter was a cultured marble with incorporated sink which had been ruined and was actually peeling. I did a quick fix on the cheap - painted, replaced the counter with arborite (chosen to hide the kid grime) and a ceramic sink. I let the kids chose a shower curtain. I have posted a picture but for the stated reasons refuse to take much responsibility for the way the bathroom looks!

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