Bathroom update – Adventures in Tiling
Hallelujah! We have tile!
When I last left you, our bathroom was in the terrible, horrible, waterproof-membraning stage of the process, that left our bathroom looking a bit like the basement in Amittyville Horror.
I can’t tell you how relieved I was when the tile started going up and the red started to go away.. and red is my favorite color! That is, I was relieved until I got to the part where I had to tile around the shower niche..
This is normally where I would be telling you in great detail just how to apply the tile, however, because I am not nearly as multi-talented as I originally thought I was when I began tiling the bathroom – tiling has been a rather humbling experience for me – and because I’m the person, who
should probably stick to painting and decorating is much less than a tiling professional, I’m not going to do that. Simply put, you should definitely NOT do what I did. What I did, was fail to plan. What I did was to spend many an hour tiling and untiling, sealing and resealing, only to re-tile again. What I did was run out of tile adhesive, then tile. What I did was.. learn a lot while tiling that I should have known before I started.
I still have a bit of valuable information to share though. Because, as I said, I learned a lot. Lessons learned are valuable indeed! The sum result of my new knowledge? Here goes:
- Plan, plan, plan. Really research how and what you want to do before you do it. Plan.
- Measure and draw everything out before you adhere any tile. In other words, plan.
- Make sure you have enough tile and any other supplies you may need. It isn’t fun to switch gears when you run out and HD doesn’t have any tile left in the style you are using. I’ve dubbed this scenario tileus interupptus. It’s as frowned upon as any other kind of interupptus. Just sayin’.
- Do not underestimate how difficult tiling is. It’s easy if you’ve done it daily for years. It isn’t easy if you’ve done it once in the past 25 years.
- When you add things, such as a shower niche, it might change the layout of the tile. Wait, that should read it will without a doubt change the layout of the tile. Without a doubt. See number 1. Then, plan.
- A wet saw, specifically for cutting tile, will be your best friend. I can’t recommend it enough. Expect to be disgustingly dirty and well.. wet.. while using the wet saw. It’s not recommended that you use the wet saw when it’s freezing cold outside, as you will then be wet, dirty and now freezing cold. Even if you are in the garage. You’ve been warned.
Although I can’t tell you how to tile, I can definitely point you in the direction of some great resources put together by people who DO actually do this every day. I can tell you that when I did finally plan, albeit part way through my tiling job, (but I digress.. ) their knowledge was invaluable in helping me get the job done. Given the opportunity, I’d still tile it myself.. I’d just tile it differently, and I’d consider the tips above with abandon. The sources I used – or should have used:
- How much tile do I need? or Home Depot Tile Calculator
- How to install Bathroom Wall Tile
- How to install a built-in shower niche
To correct this, we went with an extra long, 7″ Moen 3857 Tub Diverter Spout that we also purchased on Amazon.
All in all, I’m happy with the final result. It’s always so fun to look at the before and afters. We went from this..
.. to this!
As with any project, finishing the tile brought forth so many more ideas for the room, including new paint, a new shower curtain, and rod.. I can’t wait to share them all with you.. but that’s a story for another day!
If you’re new, welcome! Check out where we started from and we started at all!