And welcome back to my last post about how to put down tile. I feel like the blog series has almost been as long as the actual process, jk!! (Here are part I and part II in case you missed them) Tiling 1,500 SqFt took what felt like fo’ever. Which it obviously didn’t since we do have beautiful floors right now but man it felt like it would never end.
As I mentioned in my previous two posts in this series, tiling our upper floor was the biggest project we have done to date. It was, by far, the project that took the most out of me. Both hubby and I worked our tales off. Looking around our beautiful home right now, all the sweat and tears were so worth it.
Every time I look at before and after pictures, I can’t stop smiling and feeling so proud of my husband and even myself. We have done so much already and the house does not look at all anymore the way it did when we bought it. Click here to see some of the before and after pictures.
Anyway, let’s hop right into the last and final step of tiling over sub-flooring. Once again here are hubby’s detailed instructions on how to grout and finish.
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How to put down tile – Grout:
- Grout should be thinner than the thin-set was, with a mayonnaise-like consistency.
- With your margin trowel at 30° lay grout in direction of gap lines.
- With your margin trowel at 60° finish with sweeps at 45° to grout lines.
- Grout from room’s perimeter, to room’s center.
- Carefully wash tile with wet sponge 20-30 minutes after grout’s application using a circular motion.
- Repeat until clean.
- May need to wipe haze away with a cloth several times after wiping with sponge.
- Do not walk on tile for 72 hours (or manufacturer’s suggested time) after applying grout.
How to put down tile – Finish:
- Apply caulk to 1/4” gap at perimeter and plumbing.
- Apply a silicone grout sealer three weeks after applying grout.
Here are some pictures of how our floors like mid process and before we installed base boards.
I have to say that all the hard work totally paid off and I am so happy we did it ourselves. It’s not perfect, and we do have some high points, but the house has character now. We love the layout a lot though!
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And that my friend is the end of this post. I might write a post on how we installed the base boards but that will have to wait until hubby gets back. Hubby installed them all one day while I was at work. My job was it to caulk them, to countersink the nails, to fill the nail holes and to paint the boards. And I did an incredible job, if I might say so. . .jk.
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As always thanks so much for stopping and happy renovating!