FINALLY a Floor – part 2
Are you still dancing naked in the streets about my laundry room tile?
Well, go put some clothes on because I don’t want you to be reading this post and have some perv hack your webcam.
Unless you are into that. In which case…carry on.
So we talked about our laundry room tile prep work. And how we got to the point of picking out tile. And how we use premixed thinset to adhere the tile to the concrete backer board. I forgot to mention that during this time (the thinsetting the tile) it is really really wise to use flexible mesh tape on the seams. Our local home improvement store had none in stock when we bought the tile and since the big Georgia Apocolypse snow-storm hit two days later (right when we got to the point of tiling), I decided to move ahead and tile because dude…I need to wash clothes. every. day.
Some folks say that the board tape doesn’t matter…and I admittedly have done tiling before without it…but it is necessary if you want your cement board warranty to not be void. People use tape because it makes the boards into one big piece which can reduce the chances of cracks in your boards affecting your tile. So if your state doesn’t shut down due to three inches of snow, use tape. The best tip I can give ya is shmear that thinset into the crack, press the tape into the thinset with your trowel and then do another layer of thinset.
I have blogged so much about tiling in the past, I decided that you don’t need to hear that same info again. I am just posting new info here folks. If you are interested in reading about other tile adventures, here are some old tiling posts:
- tiling the kitchen hex backsplash
- tiling our old fireplace in slate
- tiling the half bathroom in travertine on the diagonal
- tiling a laundry room in travertine in brick pattern
- tiling a backsplash in subway tile
- some tiling tips
When we got to the vent, it took a particular set of cuts to make sure the tile went around the opening.
For one piece of tile, it meant cutting it in a C shape. I marked the outline of the area we needed cut with tape. Then I told Jer to cut the thin little cuts right next to each other. He repeatedly asked me if I knew what I was talking about…
When he brought it back inside, I simply tapped on the ends of the little tile fingerlings to make them break.
The top will look much cleaner than the bottom (seen below).
Right about here is where I got really tired. Like I basically wanted to cry. I think this is a normal reaction in most DIY adventures…there is a breaking point. A point of no return but no desire to move forward. Or maybe that is just me and my pregnancy hormones. I mean…I don’t see the Kitchen Cousins breaking down.
Speaking of pregnancy…it’s a running joke with Jeremy and I that if I am tiling something, I have to be pregnant.
I was preggo with Will when I tiled the basement laundry room in our first house…
And pregnant with Weston when I tiled the backsplash in our kitchen…
And definitely pregnant this time around.
I hope that means we will have a little DIYer in utero
The good news is…I didn’t die. Almost. But not quite.
I did feel like this though with all the heartburn…
After waiting 24 hours for the thinset to cure, I decided it was time to grout. We used this unsanded grout in Warm Gray from Mapei.
My favorite tool to mix grout (and paint and pancake batter, etc.) is one of these long stemmed mixer attachments. It goes into your drill and you can just go to town.
I had to do this in two sections. That’s what I could reach. I would really push it into the lines (the tiles are butted up to one another leaving a very small grout line due to rounded edges) and then move on. Honestly, the grouting process took five minutes to smear in….twenty minutes of waiting…and then thirty minutes of wiping.
Usually we have two people doing this part….Jer will do the rinsing of the sponges and I do all the wiping. It just wasn’t possible in such a small space with two kids that were dying to go play in the snow (ok ok…Weston hated the snow…but he did like watching Will play).
With any tiling project there is always the dreaded haze. I have only two tips on how to deal with this tile fog…A. tackle it in the first 24 hours and 2. I wipe with clean water 2-3 times and diluted vinegar once and then use Clorox wipes. That’s a lot of wiping. Not as much as a potty training mommy but still…
After the washer and dryer got moved back inside, I could really tell how much of a difference a floor can make.
It might be my favorite floor tile job I have ever done. It’s really nice for this space. It’s not super slick or anything…in fact, it does feel different than normal tile. I can’t really describe it.
I am liking the light color too. I know it might be one of those controversial things – light colored floors – because wouldn’t they show EVERY SPECK of dirt? especially in a room that typically sees a lot of that dirt? Well, yes…it does show dirt more than the “Magic Eye” tile that was in there before…but I kinda like that it hides some but not all. It forces me to keep it vacuumed.
And now for the side by side…
Huge difference right!?
I can not wait to get the counter in and some storage in there. And maybe some finishing touches. I have little newborn clothes I need to wash after all