How To Install Mosaic Tile In A Bathroom
It's important to start with a clean slate. Remove baseboards and door trim and anything in the way
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Including the toilet! Be sure to store it somewhere if you intend to reinstall the same one
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You'll need to replace the wax ring when you reinstall the toilet so I cleaned off the wax ring
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Next, remove existing floor. I chose to remove the laminate instead of tiling over it
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The tile and cement board need to fit under the door frame so you may need to trim it to make room
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Next, cut the cement boards to size! Triple check all your measurements and use a strong blade
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Follow package instructions to mix the thinset. Consistency should be similar to pudding
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Start applying with the smooth side of a trowel then grooves before you put the board(s) down
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Next screw it down every 8" using cement board screws (not pictured here, oops)
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Next I dry-fit and cut all my mesh sheets to size to get the pattern and space that I needed
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It takes time to get the pattern just right but it's worth it to not have to cut while thinset dries
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I recommend starting in the middle and working your way out. I had a TON of spacing issues here
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Starting at one end instead of trying to meet in the middle will save you from having gaps like this
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With tile this small, the spacing may get weird where sheets meet, I recommend using spacers!
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Trying to fix my spacing issues caused tiles to pop up and needing to be re-secured with thinset
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At this point, I was frustrated/disappointed but keep going! I promise it's not as bad as you think!
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Grouting is where the magic started to happen
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This grout float is what you use to apply the grout. It's got a rubber base to protect the tile
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I started from the outsides so that I had a place to stand/crouch and reach the far ends
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Be sure to wipe away all excess grout or you will spend hours scraping it after you dry
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Don't wipe too much grout between tiles and remember that you may have to come back to fix air holes
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Wipe away excess grout 20 minutes after application. Wipe again after it sets.
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You may need to wipe, flip sponge, wipe, clean sponge to get the tile perfectly clean
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White grout it prone to staining. Using a grout sealer will keep it looking new!
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All done! Be proud of yourself cause that was really hard work! Now you (and I) can finish the rest of our bathroom renovation!
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