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