Boring and doesn't match my 1950 house.
I am really into vintage bathrooms right now and with our house being built in 1950 I knew just what I wanted, penny round tiles. They are so cute!
After we demoed the old tile, backerboard, and felt paper we cleaned the floor then waterproofed. Once that was dry we layed a backerboard and taped and mudded the joints just like on the shower walls. We went ahead and did this several weeks before we layed the tile because the floor was too ugly to look at and it made the mess seem a little cleaner.
Laying the tile wasn't too bad. The bathroom is just a rectangle room so not much to it. The bathtub does have a jut out so that was a little tricky. They do sell things at Lowes that will help you get that perfect cut around areas like that.
The bad thing about the tiles was when you cut them, they would chip. Eric cut the first sheet and they start to chip, I knew by the look on his face it was going to be a fun day. After turning the sheet wrong side up the tiles would chip on the bottom, not the top. Also you can use masking tape on the cut to prevent chipping.
The good thing about the tiles is that they are on a mesh sheet so you can just pop the ones off you don't need and if you need a special cut just pop that one off and cut it, like Eric is doing here. But watch those fingers.
We layed the tile, being careful not to get a ton of thinset coming up between the tiles. It is pretty much impossible to prevent, but have your toothpicks and paper towels handy. Also a good tip is use the thinset closest in color to your grout so when the thinset does come up between the tiles, at least it will blend with the grout. Since we were using dark grout, I used grey thinset.
I am the tile layer and grouter of the house. This is how I celebrated my 27th birthday, hence the gardenia in my ponytail. This floor was much more enjoyable to grout than the shower walls. I just buffed the haze off the tiles with the scrubby side of a sponge and we were good to go after a cleaning. And just like the shower walls since the grout joints are so tiny make sure to use UNsanded grout.
And here she is all finished
With this being the floor I am really glad that I went with the dark grout. We had initially thought this bathroom would be used very little, but now Eric has taken over so I can only imagine the white grout after Eric walks in with his work boots. eek! The white tiles show EVERYTHING but I guess that is the price for beauty and I enjoy cleaning.
Does anyone remember Haskell Harris' house, she had white octagon and dot tiles in her kitchen. Beautiful but I would have given up by now if my kitchen had all white tiles!