Finishing Stages and How to Tile 101

Hey Guys its Carol again here to give you the break down of what my husband and I did to our nasty 50’s peach bathroom.
Ill paint you a mental picture… imagine gray laminate flooring not a pretty one just an ugly one (that wasn’t installed right) then imagine a nasty peach toliet that had seen better days. The sink though in good condition just needed to go. To make matters worse the room was painted to match the everything (gross, right?)
Ok so first we started with ripping the flooring out and the nasty peach toliet out. So I wasn’t there for that I actually had to work that weekend so that task was handed to my husband. He had fun with it, I think… He stipped it down to the joists.
Then we ripped out the laminate counters and we pulled out the sink. So with the bathroom all bare we made sure the flooring would hold up to water and moisture (again I wasn’t there for most of that my husband did that part) I did the pretty stuff like the tiling. So the reason you are all here

Tiling 101
* I grew up redoing our house and as a kid my sisters and I had the job of tiling. We even made a pact in one of the rooms we did.*
So we started with the counter completely bare. We sanded it a little to level it out and get rid of any glue still on there.
What you need (remember to measure)

Notched Trowel
Hardibacker (we got 1/2 in) its a ceramic tile backboard
Backer-on screws for Hardibacks
the tile spacers
Seam tape (if you are going to connect different sheets of the hardibacker this stuff is important)
Tile (obviously) We did almost colored subway tile
Sponges                                                                                                                                                      Score knife to cut the tile to size (we found ours in the tile section in Home Depot)                                                                                                                                                    Rubber Grout Float

Remember to wear safety gear.

Layout the hardibacker on the surface you are doing. You want to use thinset (it needs to be like toothpaste) to sandwhich your hardbacker to the surface. Remeber to read the instructions of how long you need to mix and let it sit out. Also be safe.

You dont want the stuff to ooze out but you want enough underneath so that it is secure. Use the hardbacker screws to secure it in. We only needed one sheet (we cut it down to size) with the scoring knife and then used the seam tape and some thinset to connect them.

We had to make holes for the plumbing. You dont want to breath this stuff in. For the round holes we drilled five holes. One for each corner and one in the middle to help. We used the jigsaw to help cut it out.


If you are connecting different sections of hardibacker let the thinset dry for at 6-8 hours. I did mine in the morning and then went to work.
Now for the fun part, once its try you will start laying out the tile. We mapped ours out to figure out how much tile we would need.


Look at how pretty it is. Once you’ve got it all layed out. You need to mix some thinset. This part is MESSY. Again you dont want the stuff to leak out when you lay the tile down. Imagine the sandwhich again, you dont want jelly everywhere. Following the instructions on the thinset, some have pictures which is super helpful.Using your notch trowel you will lay some out not too much because laying tile isnt a fast task. I spread my out evenly then at a 45 degree angle (imagine spreading the peanut butter on your bread) this will help the tile stick better. Let this dry overnight.

Now that the tile has set you are ready to grout. This is the messy/pretty/ fun part.  My husband and I went back and forth choosing a grout color. There are a lot of options  my friends. We went with a non-sanded grout since the gaps between each tile was small. Mix according to instuctions.  Now using your rubber grout float you with scoop it out and smear it between the tiles


Let it dry for a little (our box said 20 minutes) Using the sponge and a bucket of water you are going to clean the tiles.


You want the sponge to be damp but not to soaking wet. The more wet it is the more likely that once it dries it will crack. We dont want that. Once you are done it should look like this DSC_0560It should look clean. Obviously I am not done in the picture above but see how much better it looks. Keep going until you are done with the entire surface you are working on. For surfaces like this I like to seal it, but more on that later.

Here is what our bathroom now looks like


Ill talk more about sealing the tile, how we budgeted, source list and the framing of the mirror (that was an adventure)