A Marble Marvel: ’80s Bathroom Gets a Facelift

We have to remove the toilet so we can install new flooring, and when it’s replaced, it will receive some upgrades.

Remove and improve the toilet


Since we’ll be installing new tile, we have to remove that noisy toilet. Once it’s out, Ally volunteers to scrape off the old wax ring.

It’s a messy chore, and that’s why we will add a new seal that gets the job done without the mess.

We used Fluidmaster’s “Better Than Wax” seals, which are stackable for recessed flange applications.

David and I performed a kind of “toilet transplant,” installing Fluidmaster’s PerforMAX Complete Toilet Tank Repair Kit that fits all brands of toilets.

It’s easy to install; plus, the components are sturdy enough that they offer a seven-year warranty, so you won’t have to repeat this chore anytime soon.

David and Ally say this dated ceramic tile has to go.

Install new ceramic floor over existing floor


David sands the tile floor’s surface to rough it up before we apply the primer. We’re coating both the old tile and the bare concrete that was under the vanity.

Once the primer is dry, Chelsea and David mix up the floor-leveling compound. It only needs about four hours to dry, but we’re at the end of the day so we can let it sit overnight.

In the morning, the whole bathroom floor is one solid, level surface.

The mortar we’re using to secure the tile is called ProLite RS from Custom Building Products. It’s great because it’s both lightweight and fast-curing. In fact, we’ll be able to grout the floor just three hours after the tile is set.

The large-format tiles David and Ally selected fill up the space quickly, and because we don’t need to make many cuts, the floor is complete in almost no time.

So, David and Ally’s homework will be applying the grout.


  1. I was wondering why you did not keep the air conditioning vent in the bathroom.? It should’ve been there all along.

    • Hi, Doug!
      This bathroom actually already had an air conditioning vent.
      Since the second vent was hidden above a built-in cabinet, it wasn’t being used before the cabinet’s removal.
      Thanks for your question.

    • Hi, Carolyn,
      The tile we chose is from Home Depot — it’s called Aspen Gris.
      The paint color we used is Glass Slipper.
      Thanks for asking!

  2. What brand/kind of floor leveling compound did you use? We are going to put vinyl plank over old concrete. Thanks
    P.S. We LOVE your show and watch it every Sunday morning. 🙂


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