The Bathroom: Subway and Tape

After a lot of back and forth, we decided to do subway tiles in the bathroom, mostly because it was 8:00pm at home depot and I need to start tiling the NEXT DAY!

I got super lucky that the number of tiles I needed for my half wall needed no cuts.  Seriously, that was completely not on purpose but I was very happy about it!

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Because my most visible line was mid-wall, we decided to tile top down which is harder to do (the tiles can slide down) but it guarantees a straight line up top without having to play the “mess with the grout line” game later on.  As a result, several rolls of tape were part of my “design” (again, not on purpose…).  Fortunately, thinset will solidify in 30 minutes, so i just kept rotating the tape.

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I was very happy with how straight it came out!  That was my first tile job and I learned a lot (i.e. have some pretty funky mistakes).  My learning experiences happened mostly behind the toilet, so no harm done.

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The floor was a different story… I was on the verge of tears at the end of that one!  Mostly because we did the entire floor with a slope to the shower drain (so it’s all waterproof) which led to some really difficult triangular cuts and fittings.  Everything around the drain is sloped and mitered.

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Oh and these porcelain tiles that looks like slate, they are HEAVY!  I was exhausted from lifting them up and down (you have to dry fit first) and then lifting them again from the thin set when i made a mistake.  Here’s the dry fit.

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The drains are really hard to cut on large tiles.  I had to redo this one.  The first time I tried it,the tile broke on a thin piece.

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I got this really nice border to go along with the floor (real slate), again with a sharp learning curce.  The tiny pieces kept falling off the mesh and it was hard to set them.  Tape to the rescue!

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But in the end, I liked the end result.  The shower will be finished with a wet concrete look, so we’ll see how it turns out!

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