Hey y’all! Welcome or welcome back to my blog! We finished the floors this past weekend, and I am so impressed! Talk about great teamwork. The floors turned out AMAZING, and I could not be more proud!
The tile we chose was from Home Depot. It’s called Abbey Brick and is $4.99 a square foot. I spent a little more on tile on this floor because it is such a small space. We laid a cement underlayment to our subfloor to get a nice level and smooth surface to lay our tile (You can learn how to do that here.), and we put down a chalk line from corner to corner of the room to get a good starting point.
We tend to start projects on a Friday night after work, then have to wait sometimes up to 24 hours for it to dry, so we end up doing projects late on Saturday and Sunday nights too. You’d think we would learn by now, haha.
The grout we chose is Simple Grout #165 Delorean Gray. I would not recommend this grout! It is really cloudy and really stuck to the brick tiles. Thank God I read the directions thoroughly or it would have been a huge mistake! You want to make sure to take your grout sponge and dampen your tiles with water a bit before grouting them to prevent the grout from sticking to strongly so you can wipe it off more easily. If you don’t the haze will be really hard to remove.
When cleaning the grout off the tiles, make small circles. Rinse sponge. Make small circles. Rinse sponge. Over and over again. You will have to empty your water bucket and get fresh clean water often to get all the haze off. You need to make sure to get it off as best you can, and don’t cover more ground with grout than you can clean off tiles before drying too much. Do not let it dry overnight with the haze still on the tile. The processes I’ve read to get the haze off your tile is no fun if you do.
We put random cut pieces we had, mosaic-like, to fill around the toilet drain because it will be covered by the toilet anyway. We just wanted to make sure the toilet had a good base to sit on.
Didn’t it turn out beautifully! This is not a project I would recommend alone. I definitely needed my boyfriend’s help for this even when he was just supervising to make sure the pattern stayed correctly! We actually cut the whole right row the wrong way. Luckily we were just cutting and laying the tile down to get a look and make sure we had enough tile and hadn’t laid mortar yet! It could have been a bigger mistake, haha. We were able to still use those tiles too so not a loss at all!
What do you think of the herringbone pattern? Does this look like a project you could tackle yourself? Did you see the before photos? Look how much more room I have to work with because of the new layout! It’s such a HUGE difference already. Be sure to subscribe and stayed tuned for the big reveal!!! :))