"A River Runs Through It"

The Chirping Frog
by The Chirping Frog
When we were building our home I had a vision of course. Every rooms finishes I had planned out. I even had the wallpaper for the dining room and the master bedroom ceiling in my possession long before we ever broke ground. I had a plan! My husband's plan however- quite different. In an effort to save money I volunteered (more like, if you want it, you have to do it...and I wanted it!) to do all the tiling. I decided to add a little of my own, unique flair to the master bathroom. I call it, "A River Runs Through It". I love the way it turned out.
I started with the "River." I found these great tiles at a discount tile shop and fell in love.
I penciled in the basic shape for the river and laid the tile on a diagonal.
Once I got the river done I simply smashed a neutral tile and began filling in the edges.This is the same tile I used on the walls.
My husband hated it at first. He was sure he'd cut his feet walking on it. No blood loss yet!
Here's the finished product. If I had it to do over again I think I'd go crazy and run it up the wall too vs. dying into the cabinet. That might have pushed my hubby right over the edge.
The Chirping Frog
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  • Dawn Dawn on May 31, 2016
    I love this and have been considering something similar. How did you cut the tiles?

  • Catherine Catherine on Jun 20, 2016
    Please can you show a picture of the wall also?

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  • Marylou Marylou on Jun 04, 2017
    that is an interesting concept!

  • Kevin Kevin on May 25, 2020

    i love this - I had thought it was "carpet" that you cut a remnant into a river!

    My cheap re-dos have included "carpet" in the bathroom a quality remnant cut down to carpet the bathroom a cheap, fast, luxurious trick NOT flimsy bathroom carpet a piece of good carpet.

    When it look dirty, or begins to smell throw it in the garbage and cut down another remnant.

    Your river of tile looks GREAT!


    • Charise. Charise. on Sep 18, 2021

      That's very creative! Yet, I cannot imagine a standing piece of carpet in any bathroom used by the men in my house. Yikes!