AHHH! I have been waiting and waiting and slacking and indecisive and hemming and hawing and then back to waiting…
And finally it’s here! THE FLOOR IS HERE PEOPLE! Rejoice in the streets! Drink something bubbly! Take off your clothes and dance! Ok…don’t do that last one. And never click on a nakedselfie hashtag. Seriously. bad idea. Learned that the hard way. No pun intended.
Let’s go back a little…as in back to May 2013…and take a seat in my piles of dirty laundry…
I hated the laundry room. It had zero appeal to me. Don’t get me wrong…I’m glad we have one. It would stink to have to trek to the basement (like we did in our last house) or wash with a board outside. (#firstworldproblems) But if I designed a house, this laundry room would not be my first pick. First of all…all the finishes were terrible…the cabinets were orange-ish brown, the tile was pink and gray and weird, the space is really narrow (like if you open the washer door, it has maybe four more inches till the wall). I would much rather have a smaller foyer and a bigger laundry space. It’s one of those spaces that I spend a lot of time in so I get to pick it apart on a daily basis.
After we ripped out the floor, we did accomplish a whole lot. We figured that we could make this lemon into our lemon bars with cream cheese…because dude…anything with cream cheese is better than lemonade. You know you geek out in the cream cheese section.
So we painted the cabinets, the trim, the walls, and even did a fun accent wall…but the floor remained the same plywood boards. They had some pretty awesome holes. Fun fact: Weston loved to stick his fingers in those holes. It was his thing. Babies are weird.
Finally, I got so sick of it that I told Jeremy that we absolutely needed to do the floor or I was gonna stop doing laundry. I drew the line. My empty threat must have worked because he took out the washer and dryer for me that night.
The water spots are where I spilled stuff. The washer and dryer are still fine and we don’t have leaks. Just a pregnant girl with bad aim.
So basically the first step in tiling is all the prep. We cleaned the floor and made sure that we had removed all the pieces of debri or dirt that could hide under the floor trim. Then we went through and made sure all this subfloor was even. We wanted to be sure there wasn’t any obvious high spots which could make the concrete board bump.
Speaking of concrete board, it was super easy. First thing we did was dry fit it all. Girls…this is not hard. You can do this. The hardest part is picking up the heavy board. But when you cut it, you just bend at the slice mark and then it pops off.
After it was cut, we just slid it into place and started on the next piece. You wanna make sure the seams of the concrete board don’t line up with the lines of the subfloor.
The way we figured out how to cut the boards is by laying them down and marking the lines where to cut. The most helpful tool is that long metal one on the floor. It’s called a drywall t square.
Jeremy would just line it up with his marks and it would make a perfect guide line for his box cutter blade.
Will is taking notes so that he can tile our bathroom. He’s gonna be four soon…it’s time for him to step it up.
A lot of people ask about him participating in DIY projects. It comes as second nature to us now. He actually is contagiously excited about getting in on projects and it makes it a little more thrilling to do small things (even though it takes longer and it may be frustrating at times because we have to say no to things like him using ‘big boy tools’). Will has always taken an interest in the tools and helping. Weston has yet to show that same interest but I will let you know how that works with two.
I think both boys…I mean, I think both Spiderman and Superman were excited to see the new smooth and flat floor. There was a lot of jumping.
After everything was retrofitted, it was time to pull it all up and start with the thinset. Thinset is basically just adhesive.
I started in the far corner and did a thin layer for the entire area under where the first board would be laid.
We buy premixed thinset because it’s cost difference is worth it to us. We know that if the thinset is too thin or too thick, it can really screw up your concrete board adhesion, leveling and your tile.
After it is troweled on, the board is just slipped under the floor trim and laid flatly in place. Then after all the pieces are in place, you screw them down. The screws we got were the ones that were recommended on the little pamphlet at the home improvement store. Those little education pamphlets are helpful.
The boards we bought we called 1/4″ HardieBacker EZ Grid…they actually mark where you should put the screws in…it’s pretty much made for sleep-deprived (aka brain dead) folks like us.
You have to make sure you sink it low enough where the screw head is not sticking up. Otherwise it will cause a problem with your tile.
Jeremy cut out the vent area while I was putting in the screws. First he drilled a little hole in the corners and then used a jigsaw to cut out the rest of the rectangle.
(you can see where we jammed a towel down into the vent so that all the dust and debri wouldn’t fall into our heating ducts…we just used a big towel and then removed the junk later with a shopvac)
Day two of floor installation…complete 🙂 Already it looked way better than the subfloor!
Next came tile. We found some really gorgeous plank tile at Lowe’s and since I was in a rush to get this done (remember, we have two boys and lots of dirt…we NEED a working washer at all times)…we just went for it. I laid it out first to see what design I liked best…
I love love love the herringbone but this space just wasn’t big enough to support it. I think it works better in rooms where half of it isn’t covered up with appliances. I think a kitchen or a bigger bathroom would be OUTSTANDING with this though.
Okay so here is where I start tiling. And where I leave you.
Twenty five pictures is quite enough for now.
I will try to do the rest of this post later…it’s the fun stuff…seeing that floor done is like music to my eyes. or chocolate to my ears. or whatever…you know what I mean.