Hey, hey friends! How about another bathroom renovation update today? Sound good? I hope so, because that's all I have for you today. This renovation has been a BEAR, but so, so exciting. It's the first room we've ripped all the way down to the studs, so to see it coming back together piece by piece is…well…super rewarding.
It was starting to look like a bathroom again. All the drywall and hardie board was in place. The time had FINALLY arrived for me to start tiling.
I started with the floor. We chose a gorgeous black slate tile for the floor, but because all the tiles were not uniform in thickness (an issue with many natural stones), it was a challenging DIY job. We started by dry fitting the entire floor to find the thickest tile. Joe was able to help me with that part, but he had was on shift the next day, so I was left to tile the floor on my own. It wouldn't have been bad, but I laid the thickest tile first and then had to build all the other tiles up to the same level using mortar and given the size and weight of the tiles (so heavy), it was just a tough one-person job. But I did MOST of the floor and when Joe got home from his shift, he helped me with the last row.
After the floor was done, I turned my attention to tiling the shower area and the wall behind the girls' toilet and vanity area. There was soooooo much tiling to do since we wanted it to extend from the floor to the ceiling, but it moved pretty quickly and I actually really liked tiling the walls. The subway tiles we chose had built-in spacers, which definitely made the installation easier.
Sooooo much tiling. We did install the cabinets before tiling the area behind the girls' vanity so that we wouldn't have to tile any large areas that would be covered anyway. So glad we made that decision. It saved us time and money.
So with that, all the “field” tiles were done on the walls. I saved the penny tiles in the shower niches and tiles around the window for another week :) You'll hear more about that in the update I'll be sharing next week. Stay tuned. But for now, how about a side-by-side comparison of the progress so far? These comparisons keep me motivated during a reno.
Oh, and before I forget, I am participating in the amazing One Room Challenge hosted by the amazing Linda at Calling it Home with this bathroom renovation of mine. You can click on the image below to see what rooms over 200 other bloggers are making over and sharing on their blogs over the coming weeks. There are some MEGA talented bloggers participating and there are so many amazing transformations in progress to be inspired by. Be sure to head over and check them out!