Video: My affordable beige tile bathroom. Yes. Beige.

So I had the bathroom clean… I put on makeup… The good camera was all set up on the big tripod… and DH was on the scene to help me shoot this video all about my bathroom renovation — completed with affordable beige ceramic tile from Home Depot. Then, the camera froze up, and we couldn’t get it back on. So I grabbed my little Canon that also shoots video — and, well, the show must go on.

Which is to say: This isn’t my greatest video, but, if I didn’t do it then, I was never gonna do it.

In this first of three segments — all about the renovation of my small, 1951 master bathroom — I talk about why I chose beige 4″x4″ field tiles, with white bullnose.

Beige ceramic 4″ x 4″ tile:

  • A totally accessible color if tile — available immediately and inexpensively from Home Depot, Lowes and other big box stores…
  • An everlasting gobstopper timeless tile color — as is light grey, but I’ve never seen that color stocked on the shelf at Home Depot…
  • And it’s super easy to punch up with color via wallpaper or a patterned shower curtain and then, with towels.

Yes, I installed a beige bathroom.

Oh, and this is embarrassing: I swear I cleaned the bathroom. But, the yellow cast of light is making the floor grout look pukier than it really appears in real life. And, crikey, I need to figure out how to really clean the non-skid surface of the Kohler tub, which turned that kind of bottom-of-your-feet color within a month of installation and which I’ve never been able to get white again. Anyone? Bueller?

Two more Beige Bathroom videos to come:

  • My Beige Bathroom: Features I Like
  • My Beige Bathroom: Things I’d Do Differently

Want to see my other bathroom design videos — including the one that went viral, Things I’d Do Differently — click here.

  1. Carole says:

    You have absolutely no idea how much I’d give for beige and white, or simply white. I have the most gawd awful blue fixtures (the walls were too when we moved in) that anyone has ever seen. White is clean. Beige is clean. The two together are clean. And color can be added in with accessories, towels, wallpaper.

    Love that floor tile.

  2. lynda says:

    My last comment!! Several blurbs on the net say this works:
    TUB. To clean non-slip strips on the floor of a tub or shower. Use WD-40 and a stiff scrub brush. Also recommended is a product called TRR, which stands for toilet ring remover. You can find TRR in most drug stores or WalMart. It is a liquid cleaner. You don’t want the pumice type of bowl cleaners.

  3. pam kueber says:

    Thank you. Now I don’t feel so bad. I am going to reach out to my contacts at Kohler on this one and see what they recommend.

  4. pam kueber says:

    For storage, we have a two narrow linen closets in the hall. Stuff goes in there. I keep my makeup in drawers in the bedroom. So it’s really all quite manageable.

  5. J D Log says:

    I had a crystalisation problem with my blue toilet a few years ago due to drought flushing was limited. I tried all sorts of chemical cleaners nothing worked. I was on the point of replacing it with another blue unit I had then a friend suggested vinegar the secret is to top it up and let it soak for 2 or 3 days if the problem is really bad. Then a bit of careful scraping in this case (or your case a good scrub) and it looked as good as new, I think this could be adapted to the bath tub if needed and baking soda will give it a nice shine after, I have not tried mixing the both togeather

  6. Christa says:

    I sort of remember trying the WD-40 method, and not being too thrilled with the result (or with then getting all that grease out of the tub).

    All things being equal, Magic Eraser did get the tub much cleaner, if not back-to-new clean, and it’s easy to use.

  7. Blondie7 says:

    Very nice bathroom Pam. Awesome video…which I enjoyed very much. BTW….You look sooooo pretty in your video.

  8. Katie says:

    I hadn’t heard this, so I looked into it, and according to the Dow chemical website, apparently the moisture trapping thing is only a problem if its on a exterior wall, because then the moist air coming into the house from the outside, gets trapped between the wall and the paper. So it might or might not be a problem, depending on the layout of the bathroom. This might be something where it would be a good idea to consult a pro 🙂

  9. I think your concerns are well-founded,though I have no info on the cleanability of various grouts. Maybe use marmoleum, instead of sheet vinyl. It’s quieter underfoot and doesn’t off-gas like vinyl as it ages. Plus lit ooks more retro-appropriate. We used it in a master bath with a thin bead of clear sealer where it hits the toilet and the shower and it looks great after 3 years.

  10. Paula Webb says:

    I had not heard that either. My neighbor is a bathroom designer and recommends it, especially for bathrooms used frequently by men.

  11. Melissa Toombs says:

    My favorite part of the video is when you pause to look in the mirror and decided to fix your hair before moving to your next sentence. Nice.

  12. I’m a landlord with 70 buildings in the historic district of Albany, NY. The ONLY way we’ve found to get those non-slip tubs clean is Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. You will never see them until the tub is dirty again of course. We tried using a generic brand to save $$ but it didn’t work nearly as well.

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