Master Bathroom Renovation: Wood & Marble Floor

Master Bathroom Renovation: Wood & Marble Floor

If you follow me on Instagram (@astoriedstyle – following me on Instagram is a great way to keep up to date on my projects and installations), you saw the above sneak peek of our Master Bathroom floor.  This design was a collaboration of ideas between my husband and I, and consequently was the only design element of the room I felt a little insecure about.  Although in my head it looked fantastic, I could not find a picture of this type of look on the Internet anywhere.  Oftentimes, I feel a little sad when I have what I think is an earth shattering idea or plan, google it, and see it has been done a million times over.  So it was nice to feel unique and a little scary that I could not see a real life picture.

In case you are new to A Storied Style and the renovation of our Master Bathroom, you can play catch up by reading this post about “The Plan”,

and also by reading this Master Bathroom Renovation Update post.

We decided to incorporate wood in the bathroom because the room you step down into from the main bathroom had the original 1920 floors.  I thought it might look strange to do all marble or tile and then step onto the wood.  Thus the idea for the wood squares surrounded by marble was born.  You can see the original (dusty!) wood floor in the below image.

I love French chevron wood floors, and I love the raw, natural wood look, so I had my fingers crossed that when our original wood floor was sanded, it would be a beautiful organic looking color.  Once I saw the difference in what was sanded and what had the oil stain on it, I seriously wanted to sand my entire house.

It’s just so hard to get new wood floors that look like this.  The cracks, the uneven color, I love it all.  It is kind of a bummer the stain is on the floor in the rest of the house, huh?

The original wood floor is made up of white oak planks that are two and a quarter inches wide.  (an unusual width)  Therefore, when the wood floor guy was planning what wood to get for the chevron, I made sure he used the same width and type of wood as the original floor.

Laying the chevron was no easy feat, let me tell you.  Since this is an old house, nothing is even or square.  It took nearly a month to get this floor done.

It was neat to see how they did it though.  In the beginning, they laid a grid of six inch wide wood planks where the marble would be, and then the chevron pieces were hand cut and placed.

After it was all laid (it was a marathon), they caulked the cracks and let it dry.

Then the boards were removed, and I could start to see what it was going to look like.  My excitement was majorly building.

After two coats of water sealer, the floor was ready to have the marble put down.  We chose the water sealer because it does not change the color of the wood like oil sealer does.

I’m so glad we decided to lay the chevron floor straight and not on the diagonal.  I think the diagonal would have been plain weird.  We designed the layout of the chevron floor so you step right in the middle of a wood square when you walk in the door.  (The marble is a little dusty in this photo FYI)

It’s amazing how the two floors work so well together.  I think if we had tried to match the wood floors exactly (old and new in the straight plank style pattern), it would have been a disaster.  But since we went for the same color of wood, yet altered the pattern, it works beautifully.  I’m thrilled with it, and I can’t wait to show you the whole finished space.  (when we get there)

And yes yes, the tub.  I love it, and it deserves a post of its own.  : )  More to come…

Written by Grace

  • Kelly Reber
    Posted at 16:26h, 08 April Reply

    Wow truly stunning! Cannot wait to see the finished product!!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 21:25h, 08 April Reply

      Thank you, Kelly! We are definitely coming closer to the finish line! G

  • Sheri
    Posted at 17:16h, 08 April Reply

    Oh my that is so gorgeous! I cannot WAIT to see the finished bathroom. Really nice work.

    • Grace
      Posted at 21:27h, 08 April Reply

      Sheri, thank you!! I am really really happy with it, and it is so rewarding to see something come to life off of a piece of paper! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, G

  • Frances @ Improvement List
    Posted at 19:26h, 08 April Reply

    That floor is absolutely beautiful. And it that a blue tub??!!! My favorite color. I can’t wait to hear more about that!

    • Grace
      Posted at 21:28h, 08 April Reply

      Hi Frances, so nice to hear from you! Blue is my favorite color, too (also green), but it is actually a pewter tub. It’s so pretty in real life! I can’t wait to tell you more about it and get some good pictures up of it. xo, G

  • Teresa s.
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 April Reply

    So beautiful, Grace! Glad to see you are feeling batter and back to your normal blogging activities!

    • Grace
      Posted at 07:11h, 09 April Reply

      Hi Teresa, thank you! It is starting to look like a real bathroom for sure, and I have plumbers and a carpenter here as I type this! 🙂 I am feeling better and more like myself. I’m still pretty sore so I am ready for that to go away, but I am very thankful I am back on my feet. xo, G

  • Cathy
    Posted at 06:26h, 09 April Reply

    Drop dead gorgeous! What a vision you had for that floor, love it and it was worth the month long installation!

    • Grace
      Posted at 07:14h, 09 April Reply

      Good morning, Cathy! I totally agree that the month long wait was worth it. It’s usually that way, huh? 😉 I definitely had a few moments of racking my brain on “why has this not been done a bunch of times” after I couldn’t find a single picture of what was in my head, but I’m super relieved it turned out as beautiful as it did! I’m sure I will be even more happy with it once I see it clean. 🙂 xo, G

  • Emily
    Posted at 13:39h, 09 April Reply

    It is such a smart and timeless look Grace. This is a huge win and I am impressed with your creativity.

    • Grace
      Posted at 14:02h, 09 April Reply

      Thanks Emily! xo

  • Kristin
    Posted at 15:32h, 10 April Reply

    Literally my jaw is dropped. These are stunning!!!!!!! Your bathroom is going to be amazing my dear. xoxox

    • Grace
      Posted at 11:43h, 15 April Reply

      Kristin, thanks friend! I’m getting more and more excited. 🙂 xo

  • Kat
    Posted at 20:48h, 11 April Reply

    I’m in love with these floors. Maybe this is my favorite!!!

    • Grace
      Posted at 12:02h, 15 April Reply

      Kat, thank you! It really does look amazing, I’m so excited to see it all together! Thanks for commenting, G

  • Jill Rogat
    Posted at 11:23h, 12 April Reply

    I love the combination of wood and marble, especially for the bathroom. It looks so luxurious.

    • Grace
      Posted at 12:04h, 15 April Reply

      Jill, thank you! I know, I may never come out of the bathroom when it is done. 🙂 G

  • Beverly Griffin
    Posted at 08:44h, 24 April Reply

    The floor is beautiful and the combination of wood and marble worked great. . Look forward to seeing the finished project. Like you I have moved into a very old building in downtown Morganton, NC. About 10 years ago I renovated the top floor into two apartments. The floor was covered in layers of old newspapers, linoleum and carpet. When we finally shed the floor of all the layers we found a beautiful hardwood floor of knotty pine that was 100+ years old. When cleaned and refinished it was absolutely gorgeous. I reused everything possible,original tram doors, beaded board, old glass door knobs, etc. Last year I sold my house and converted the two apartments into a condo. Thought I would start downsizing and I love it.
    Beverly (FYI – I work with your dad.)

    • Grace
      Posted at 13:37h, 30 April Reply

      Hi Beverly, thank you so much for your comment! Your place sounds AWESOME! You are clearly a woman after my own heart, I’m a “reuser”, too. 🙂 Your floors sound amazing, what a cool place you created. Thank you for reading and telling me about your work! G

      PS – I’m so glad you work with my Dad. He is a pretty awesome guy. 🙂

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