Guess I just need to vent a little, I feel like an idiot right now. My bathroom flooring isn't what I expected. Long story short is now I'm stuck with a floor that I don't care for. I'm kicking myself for not getting what I wanted to begin with, which were wood plank looking floors. We're redecorating with some minor renovating one room at a time in our home. The only bright side I see, is that by the time we're finished with all the rest of the house, I can validate new flooring in the bath and get what I really want. This is something I'm just going to have to live with until then. It's throwing off my whole preception of how I wanted the bath to look. We've learned alot throughout this bath project and I'll just add this mistake to the list...get what you really want if it's within your means. TIA for listening to my vent.
And if you're like us, you just can't redo because it isn't what you wanted!!! I did the same with a chair -- the sample looked fab, the chair looked really good at the upholsterers when I picked it up -- but in the house, not so much. I disliked it very much but . . . couldn't just REDO it! I waited 10 years before I was able to change and sadly, the fabric was as good as the day I brought it home -- it would have lasted at least another 10 years but . . . those are costly mistakes for you have to live with them and sometimes for a long time!
Sometimes we take the "cheap" route and get "second best" and when it turns out badly, we can't afford to do what we wanted to do in the first place -- I think I've done that enough that now I figure to hold my ground and get what I want in the first place. (Case in point -- brick floor in breakfast room -- that's what I wanted and I am still happy with it)
But it took me a lot of years to reach that point -- to say, whoa -- let's get what we really want!
I do feel your pain and I know every time you see it, that bad feeling will come back -- but soon, enough time will have passed and you can redo!
I know how you feel. We renovated a condo and the bathroom floor was the last thing we did. By then everything had pretty much gone over budget so I went with the cheapest marble. I don't like it, but the bathroom is small so I bought a big white rug and now most of it is covered by the rug. But I still wish I had gone with the marble I liked best.
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I'm sorry you're disappointed and wonder why you couldn't have taken it back after a "dry fit". Guess I'm out of the loop if you've posted earlier about this. If so, sorry. In any event, perhaps you can make it work after all. Focus on a new vision and it just could be a blessing in disguise. Keep the faith and carry on. Don't dwell on this "oops" moment. BTW, can you post a pic of the flooring?
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I think we all have been in your shoes. My sis always says buy what you love. Sometimes we can't afford to buy what we love and try for a close second. You are probably just so disgusted right now, but you should post a pic and say what you don't like about it. Do you think maybe some of the decor experts can help you make it work?
I SO understand that sick feeling of regret and wouldn't wish it on anyone. I have learned just to save ** and wait to get EXACTLY what I want. Fortunately, the floor is neutral enough that you have a LOT of options in decorating. There are ways to minimize what you don't care for and maximize the pluses. It can still be a very lovely room, so chin up. There are members here who can help with their expertise and are very willing. All is not lost!
This is a little off topic, but I learned a neat trick for painless saving last year. It's worked great for me. Everytime I break a larger bill ($20 is large for me), I usually get a $5 bill or two in change. A year ago I quit spending any $5 bills I received, which caused me to save $800 this year! This is money I can use however I wish. The most difficult part of it for me was not using my debit card for EVERYTHING, but I am oh so glad I did!
I took this pic of Lake Erie last week during a a daytrip with my hubby and our boys. It was a beautiful day filled with memories. I have it as a screen saver and just love it. I'm thinking about using it as an inspiration pic and pulling the gray tones out. Don't know if you can tell by the pic, but the water was grayish colored that day. Just keeping the bathroom in a simple gray/white palette, and incorporating a few shell decorations (we go to this Lake Erie beach to hunt beach glass, which also reminds me of shells at the ocean) It's not the vision I had set out with in the beginning, or how I still want it, but it might just work for now.This message has been edited. Last edited by: mountainbeach,
I have always been of the believe that a floor need not be the focal point in a room unless it has a fabulous Persian rug or an amazing tile pattern. There is nothing wrong with a neutral, generic floor, especially in a bathroom. Yours looks easy to clean and isn't that what you want in a bathroom floor? Your inspiration picture is a great jumping off point. You don't need to ignore the floor, just consider it the backdrop like a sandy beach.
Oh, my goodness, mountainbeach, that floor isn't bad at all! I thought it was going to be horrible from how the start of this thread sounded. Once you get the bathroom accessorized the focus won't be on the floor at all. Right now, especially from the photo the floor seems to be a major surface, and the focus of the room. Once there is a shower curtain, and art, towels etc, they will pull your focus off the floor, and you won't notice it as much. But, really, as mistakes go, this one is going to be just fine.