Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bathroom Renovation: Finishing the Tile Floors

This is the second and final post on our latest major DIY project.

After we finished cutting and laying the tile down over the whole floor, we took a well deserved break to step back and survey our progress.  At this point the hard work was over, and all that was left was to spread grout between the tiles and then to seal it.


Spreading the grout is pretty fun, actually, especially since you know you're nearly finished!  The grout fills in the holes between the tiles in such a satisfying way that really polishes up the whole look.  We allowed it to dry for 72 hours and then applied a grout sealer, which protects the floor and subfloor from stains and makes it easier to clean later.  And that was it!  


As you can see, the room still needs some finishing touches, including mounting our mirrors and cutting down and reinstalling our baseboards.  But once the floor was finished we were able to install the vanity and toilet, so now we have a working bathroom!  We painted the walls in Baer's "Wisdom," which is a pale green-gray, and the trim in Polar Bear white.  I love our new chevron print shower curtain more than ever:)



Here you can see how the border wraps around-- and how our "bookshelf" still needs shelves!  One step at a time, right?




xo

Liza

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  1. Beautiful!! You guys are so impressive!

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  2. Liza, this looks amazing! I'm so impressed with both of you. :)

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  3. Incredible job Liza! Wow! Congrats to you and Jady! We're so proud of both of you! Can't wait to visit and see you two and your lovely home! Thanks be to God!

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  5. I like the tiling work on your bathroom floor. The design makes the floor look like a honeycomb, and it also makes the room look bigger. Tiling the floor does take lot of work, which really put your DIY skills to the test. Anyway, have you finished this project? What type of mirror did you install? I think getting a full sink-to-ceiling mirror would be good, as it can help create the illusion that your bathroom is actually twice its size.

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    1. Thanks for the comments! We have not quite finished the whole project yet, since we haven't installed the mirrors, but we totally agree about the sink to ceiling idea. It's a pretty small room, and I think you're right, that a large mirror will help give it an open feeling. Thanks!

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