Houston, we have tile. So while it may have only taken us a few hours to commit to a tile that we loved, it took an entire weekend to get said tile installed. Now that probably has to do with the fact that neither of us has ever laid tile before…so when you take that into account we’re thinking one weekend isn’t so bad.
Let’s go step by step…day by day… (Did you just sing the Step by Step theme song in your head too? Okay then, that one was for me.)
Step 1: Lay out your tiles to determine a.) that you have enough to cover the space and b.) where you’ll need to cut the tiles to actually make them fit.
Step 2: Rent a wet saw and cut tile to fit your space. That’s right, Ryan looking all pro with the heavy machinery.Yes, we set it up in our driveway. I’m sure our neighbors were just loving it.
Step 3: Mix thinset. Spread a thin layer of thinset onto your cleaned surface. Using the trowel skim the thinset to create grooves. Lay tile onto the thinset and press until level. Do NOT lift…apparently this creates bubbles and other horrible unmentionables. I only know because I was severly lectured prior to starting to never lift.
Oh yes and apparently I can check, “tile a room” off my bucket list. I’m totally a pro now. Notsomuch.
Very, very important note: do not forget to use spacers between your tiles. Ideally you would have colored spacers…not clear ones which are easily lost.
Ta da! You’ve made it to the end of day one. Isn’t it all shiny and gorgeous? I might have to move into the laundry room full time.
Day two was a bit of a drag…next time we tile anything…we’ll be sure to get knee pads. We were seriously hurting, but determined!
Step 4: Mix grout and apply to all of your perfectly spaced gaps. Skim off additional grout with trowel.
Step 5: After waiting for the grout to set, wipe off additional residue with sponge.
We’ll be wiping down our tile a few more times before the finishing touches, just to remove any left over grout residue.
Until then we hope your enjoying our laundry room transformation as much as we are!