Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bathroom Progress: laying some tile

If there is one thing I have learned from refinishing hardwood floors to laying tile in a bathroom, is that I need to stop judging my work from 1" away. No one (and if you do, you are never invited over) is going to crawl on the floor inspecting your work. Judge from the standing position. This was actually something that Pete's Hardwood Floors told me in a moment of panic. Even the PROS get judged from like 3' high. SO THERE.

Anyways, the bathroom tile got laid (hehe). And it went surprisingly well, aside from a few panic moments as per typical through any DIY home improvement act.


Step one: have a plan. When you are spreading thin-set you don't want to be cutting tile. It's just a mess. So I laid out each and every tile piece and labeled them all. Then I stacked them on little piles outside the door so I could grab the next piece. 

Semi-pro tip: Mosaic tiles come in sheets about 1'x1', stagger the joints! Cut some in half, especially if this is your first tile job (i'm sure some actual pros are like whyyy would you do that, it's SO simple). Whatever. Just do it, it will trick the eye and you won't be able to see the gaps between pieces as well.

Word. 


Once the tiles are sorted, start mixing your thin-set (read the directions, yo). Put on some clothes you don't care about (oops...) and grab some knee pads. Laying the actual tile is pretty straight forward. Use a notched trowel (the notches should be the same side as the depth of your tile) to spread the thin set. Lay the tile and press into the thin set with a rubber float (which you bought to spread your grout, k?). Then wash, rinse and repeat until you work your way out of the room. 




Oh, and use around a million spacers, because they help....space the tile.

After waiting 24 hours i'll add some grout and seal this puppy up so I can start rebuilding the bathroom! Three cheers for functioning bathrooms! 

BUT WAIT, THAT'S NOT ALL!


These shower heads remind me of two things. College dorms and showers at camp sites. Although both great places, i'll keep that aesthetic elsewhere. So, I got ridda her. And it's super simple, just screw off...


And you're done!


Haha jk lolz. I got a new shower head. and twisted the 'ol thing on...per the direction specifications...


WHAT! 4 settings?! Is this the Taj Mahal?! Jk, it's not. But it is a Waterpik EcoFlow so i'm saving water here too people, it's delightful. 



The bathroom saga continues...can I draw this out ANYMORE?! I suppose we will find out...




2 comments:

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  2. Just searching for ideas for my mom's birthday this weekend and so glad I came across this.
    I have a ton of tiles in the garage that would make for an excellent project.
    I'm thinking a bit of a twist though and making a mosaic jewelery box. Thanks for the great idea!

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