Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Friends! We finally have tile in our master bathroom, and it looks amazing! I couldn't wait until our bathroom reveal (probably 2 weeks away) to share how awesome it looks, so today I'm sharing a quick download of our tiling progress.

There are thousands of "How to Tile" instructions from fellow DIY bloggers to the pros, so I'm not going to repeat that all here. But if you want to see how to tile first-hand, I recommend going to The Tile Shop for their free tiling class like we did. It helped answer a few questions we had and boost our confidence in being able to DIY.

And we did it!

Tile Progress in Master Bathroom

As you can see, we still don't have a toilet, tub or even glass shower walls yet, but we're getting there. And we're super happy with how it's turning out.

Here's how we tiled our bathroom:

We put Durrarock (Cement Board) down wherever there would be tile.

Setting Durarock

Soon after starting, we realized that we didn't order enough shower floor tile. So, we started with the bathroom floor. No problem though, because we had plenty to keep us busy.

We laid the thinset & started tiling the bathroom floor. Check out that beautiful Saturday morning hair!

Setting Floor Tile
Floor Tile Set

After a couple days, our extra box of shower floor tile arrived so Justin was able to lay them. This was tricky because of the shower drain, but lucky for me Justin is a big-time, super-duper, over the top perfectionist. So it turned out, well...perfect!

Shower Floor Tile
Cutting Tile

Then it was on to the tricky part. The shower walls.  Perfectionist Justin's worst fear was that the tile wouldn't be level because our house is so old the walls aren't square.  So, smarty pants that he is, he concocted a little trick to make sure the tile started level.

As you can see in the below photo, he took some scrap plywood and created a level "base" to start tiling up from. This made it certain that the first row of tile set would be level, helping the case with all tile laid above it. Then, after we were done with the shower walls up to the ceiling, he removed the plywood "base" and cut the pieces for below so they fit our somewhat unlevel floor.

It worked swimmingly.

How to Keep your Shower Wall Tile Level
Setting Wall Tile
Setting Shower Tile

We used the same white marble tile to tile the top of our tub surround.

Setting Tub Surround Tile

And then grouted the whole room in the same weekend. Justin was in charge of the grouting and I was in charge of wiping it off & cleaning the tile. It was a painstaking process because of the film that covers the marble as you're cleaning the extra grout off. But after a few hours (yes, hours) the grout was perfect and the tile was clean of film.

Grouting the Shower Walls

I let Justin grout the shower floor all by his lonesome, since this is a pretty small space.

Grouting the Shower Floor

And we grouted the floor too, but I didn't get any photos of that process.

All-in, the tile + grout + cleaning process probably took us about 40 hours because of Mr. Perfectionist. But I wouldn't ask for it any other way. It looks like a professional did it. 

Pretty right?

Tile Progress in Master Bathroom
Shower Shelves
Shower Floor

The only thing we have left is to caulk all of the corners and get our glass shower walls installed! 

Tomorrow I'm going to be sharing a tutorial on how to curve the ends of tile for a nice finished look, so be sure to come back and check it out!

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  1. Looks gorgeous! Love all of your tile choices! Can't wait to see the final reveal!

    Lauren @ Simply the Sims

  2. Wow, you and your hubs are amazing DIY'ers!!! The bathroom looks fantastic and whenever I'm ready to do something similar I will definitely check out The Tile Shop and their free class. Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

  3. Just beautiful! You guys did an amazing job. I hear there's a tiny bathroom in my neck of the woods that needs some tile love. Are you up for it? :)

  4. Looks great! Can't wait to see it all done up :)

  5. Looks amazing! We are currently helping our neighbors do their bathroom with similar large format tile and I was a little surprised at how challenging it was to work with although I love the modern look.

  6. This looks SO good so far! I love it!

  7. Looks amazing! I can't wait to redo our bathrooms.

  8. Wow wow wow wow. It looks SO good, Kayla. You guys did a fabulous job. Love the tile in the shower. It is so beautiful!

  9. Wow, I love your tile choices!!! I am totally enamoured with the wood plank tiles.. I am always excited to see them in action.

  10. It looks amazing!! I'm so impressed!

  11. Love your tile choices! We laid white and grey tiles when we renovated our bathroom as well and its the perfect colour pallette. Always looks clean and modern and you can change up the colours by just adding different coloured towels and accessories :) Great job!

  12. I'm absolutely loving that honeycomb tile. Good work on this project!

  13. That tile is amazing Kayla! I love the hexagons and how it goes with everything else. You guys are doing an amazing job!

  14. pretty sure i could shower in there all day… it looks amazing!

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