Bella Vida

Married for 6 years. Trying to have a baby almost as long. Living a Beautiful Life.

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Married & Trying to have a baby for almost 4 years. Dealing with MF (male factor infertility).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tile step-by-step

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So we're in the home stretch. I think. Yesterday hubbs took off from work so we could tile the laundry room. Whew. It's a small room, but a little difficult to tile due to lack of space for maneuvering. We chose 16x16 ceramic tiles and big grout spacers to make it a little easier on ourselves. Here's the picture proof:

We took the washing machine and dryer out and then pulled-up the remaining carpet. What was left was a yucky looking old vinyl floor with carpet glue stuck to it.

Hubbs had to chip it away with a paint scraper and hammer. This stuff was really stuck so it took over an hour.

We placed the first tile in the corner and then snapped blue chalk lines for guides.

Here's hubbs combing the mortar/thinset with a trowel before placing the tile.

Then he placed the tile down and wiggled it into place. While the thinset is still wet, you can slide the tile as needed to put the spacers in.

Closeup of the spacers. A cross for corners on one side and a bar for in between tiles on the other side.

Half done!

Sometimes a tile space is too small to fit the comb/trowel so you have to "back butter" the tile directly with thinset instead of the floor.

All done! We used 3-different kinds of thinset cuz we wanted to use up what we already had. Two containers were gray and one was white. You'll never see it once the grout is down.

I'll do the grouting later today. Once the grout dries I'll paint the trim and the laundry room will be finished.


Blogger Cynthia said...

Awesome! It looks great! We're about to start back on our home renovation, too (paint, electrical, carpet the spare bedroom). I'll take some photos and post them on my blog when we finally get to that point. ;-)

Anyways, just wanted to stop by and tell you what a great job you're doing with your renovation!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Deathstar said...

Cool - well done! It takes a lot of patience and teamwork to work together like you and your hubby. Lucky girl!

11:33 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Excellent job! My DH just did his parents' kitchen a few weekends ago. It's not a big kitchen, so it was probably only 3x the size of your laundry room.

Can't wait to see it once it's grouted!

9:07 AM  
Blogger Jendeis said...

D, it looks so great! You guys have done a fantastic job! Love the pictures so much, you're like my own HGTV. :)

9:56 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

I love watching all your projects!! You two are so impressive

6:24 PM  
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