Unlike the kitchen (we had professionals do the framing and sheetrock), we did almost all of the master bathroom ourselves. One of the most daunting parts of it was learning how to tile. Tiling? It can't be that hard, right? We'll figure it out as we go, right? And that is how, in the weeks before Christmas, we spent almost every night after work in the space you see above, with the little
Of course we couldn't make things easy on ourselves, and so we chose fairly large tile for the floor (12"x12") and decided on a diagonal set in this teeny tiny room for our first tiling project.
Our first step was to lay out the floor. Now, I'm pretty sure that expert tilers skip this step and instead just cut tiles as they go, but there is no way that would have worked for us. We started this project on a Sunday, and figured that we could probably cut, lay, and set all of the tile in one day, leaving only the grouting for later. HA! It took us all of Sunday, and the next two evenings after work, to just cut and lay the tile. The reason for this is that a diagonal set in a tiny room means that you cut almost every single stinkin' tile. At final tally, we ended up laying only 16 full tiles, and cutting 33.
Our system worked something like this: I would measure and mark the tiles to be cut, and run them upstairs to the hubs and the wet saw. The only place we could find to use the wet saw, which turns out to be rather- uh, wet- was the roof.
Hubs had never used one of these before, but he quickly became a tile-cutting fool.
Then I would run them back downstairs and snap them perfectly into place. Either that or I would scream when they didn't fit and try to blame it on the cutting and not my fabulously accurate and straightforward measuring and marking skills:
Laying the tile around the doors (one to the closet and one to the master bedroom) required an extra pain-in-the-butt step of cutting the trim to allow for the extra thickness. I may or may not have thrown a tantrum during this process.
Once the tiles were all ready to be set, I created this precise and perfectly to-scale map of their locations, which I'm now considering framing and hanging on the bathroom wall.
Then I labeled the tiles and floor as I picked them all up.
Finally we were ready to start laying the tile!
This step was actually pretty straight forward after the crazy measuring and cutting process. We just followed the map.
I got in on the action too:
And soon we had a fully tiled bathroom floor!
The next day we used a little of this:
And did a little of this:
Hubs was the grout-layer, and I was the grout-wiper. Don't be distracted by that non-glamorous title- I had a very important job. (I also played the role of the videographer with the whiny voice.)
Yummy tile all ready for the warm floor switch to be turned on in time for Christmas :)
Have you ever attempted a project like this where you had NO idea what you were doing?