- Mastic (AKA thin set)
- Dark gray grout,
- Trowel to lay all of the thin set gook,
- Grout float for grout gook,
- 200 spacers
- One big sponge specifically for tiling
We also are lucky to have a parent (my Father in law) who owns a moving company. We have random things like this four wheel dolly to set the washer and dryer on. Dale lifted it up, I shoved this under it. Saved my shoulder some pain, and me getting some crap about over use from my physical therapist. Win, win here people. Dale may or may not have said “beep, beep!” when backing up with the washer. I got a winner here people.
|I will note in this picture it looks like we might have mold. It is just caked on dust. Judge me if you must, I would too.|
|See, movie magic. The wall is painted! More on that and other wall stuff later.|
Time to let it rip! Which I yelled, and it got stinky and awkward for a minute. Yell let it rip in this house and you get some stinky noise. Dale got what I meant eventually and got to ripping, the floor up that is. Pulling the linoleum up. If you are lucky and it was not done properly this will be easy. We got sort of lucky. It was secured in some spots and others it came up with no effort.
Once we put those crazy tile twirl testers to bed it was time to get to work laying these ladies down. Mixing the thin set by doing it according to the instructions on the bag. Each thin set it so particular and different. So on this one read the instructions. You can split the bag in half, doing half bag and half recommended water. Because most only last 4 hours before they don’t work and it becomes hard. So if you cant lay it all down within 4 hours, do it in spurts. It became hard to lay it down and smoosh after a few hours. Dale recommends buying the bag where you mix it yourself. It stinks less, and is easier to work with then the pre-made stuff. It is also cheaper to get a bag and mix yourself.
With one full tile down it is time to lay the half tile down. This will give that staggered look I am going for with the tile. Mark with a permanent marker where you want the tile to be cut. The wet saw cut right down the middle of the permanent marker, so the mark will not matter.
Time for some more movie magic. We took a break, stopped right here for a day. We ran out of thin set, time, energy, and patience. We picked it up two days later once the tiles were set.
|This is me the morning that we could walk on the tile, I had to give them a test run. Still in my pajamas, and barefoot.|
First, scrape out any thin set that is seeping out of the tile lines. It should be nice and hard, so we just took a screw driver and chiseled it out. There was a tool for it, but this worked well enough.
So this is the mess we had for 30 minutes. I really thought it would not look neat enough. I questioned why I chose the larger grout lines. We were floor tiling newbies. What was I thinking? Dale, the ever patient man said “keep calm, grout on, let it go.”
Time to make it pretty. Dale got to work, using a damp sponge and some old fashioned elbow grease, we got that on clearance. Wringing the sponge out, damp, not dripping. The more wet it is the more of a chance you have of completely wiping the grout away in spots. This is just to wipe off the grout from the tile and to make the lines neat and pretty.
Dale’s arms were numb, any feeling he did have was tingling. But, the grout was done. It was even, lined and wonderful. I also annoyingly (to Dale) walked around and pointed out any spot that needed to be improved upon. I would have done it myself but my stupid rotator cuff shoulder tear is on the road to healing. I am doing small exercises, and scrubbing tile is not on the recommended list. Also, Dale has some big guns to do the scrubbing. He did an amazing job with this tile. He had never done floor tile. We had done back splash in the kitchen and tile on the wall in our bathroom. But all with smaller grout lines, and not in this large of a space. Dale is pretty much a modern day super hero. He can write code for programs, fix computers, lay tile, build anything, work on cars, and cook. I have to give him a lot of credit for the long, hard manual labor this job took. I hope the next project I can jump back in and help him out. Have him be the official photographer. I want to get my hands dirty on the next one!
Dale was wondering where those nifty scrubbing bubble guys from the cleaning commercials were. If they existed, this would have been the time to make themselves known. Help a guy out.
That my friends is a wrap. Did you make it through this picture and talk heavy post? There was a lot of tips, steps, and things learned along the way that were needed. Also some corny jokes because this is me, home renovation tutorials and jokes go hand in hand. Am I right? There is a few tidbits of things in these pictures that give away the next little nugget of tutorials I have. We did something with a wall, some patching, some painting, some tearing down, some kicking in. It was loads of fun. This tile redo was something that was not planned. I had to throw something in last minute. But, it only set us back around $100 for supplies and tile. I think a GRRRRREAT! (say it like the Frosted Flakes cereal tiger guy) price for a huge impact on the room.
*It was brought to my attention by a wonderful, frequent reader, that I forgot to mention that after the grout and tile has been put down you need to seal the grout to guarantee that the grout will not stain, break, or chip away. The grout we purchased had a sealer in it, once we mixed the grout and put it on there was a seal already on it! This has been edited to add this. Yay for readers and their helpful hints!
I am going to be warming up the space with some natural woods, and accessories. Right now it has a stark white and blue color to it. We are doing a lot. I hope if you are looking to tile you found this helpful. I hope if you are not tiling and just a faithful reader I was at least entertaining. There is still lots to share, this will be the month or more of laundry stuff. I will be sharing crafts and other things too, not just heavy DIY and laundry room. Trying to make something for everyone. I am calling this tile job a wrap!
Has anyone ever tiled before? How did it go? Any tips I did not cover? Did you make any major mistakes? I was surprised we did not come up with any major problems. We got so lucky!