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Axhammer 08-18-2013 10:58 AM

Installing new stone tile in my bathroom
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I started this thread in the renovation forum, but the tiling forum seems to be better suited now.

I have been renovating a bathroom in my house. Today I will have the final floor prep work complete and ready to start the tile process. I have all the stone tile, thinset and grout in the back of my truck, everything came from The Tile Shop in VA Beach.

I have some experience tiling my kitchen, laundry room, hallway and office.

I have several questions, so I am moving into the tile forum, for more responses, vice the renovation forum. See my initial thread linked above. I am hoping on having this finished in the next week.

I will post a pic of my kitchen floor completed a couple years ago.

Axhammer 08-18-2013 11:13 AM

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OK, about tiling my bathroom. I have 12x12 for the bathroom floor, going in on a diagonal like my kitchen. I have 6x6 for the bathroom walls, going up to about half way ending with bullnose. I have 2x2 for the shower floor, going in on a diagonal, and for the inside of the two nitches, and 1" bullnose for their perimeters. The shower walls and ceiling is getting 6x6 stone tile. I plan on using the rough/rounded edges of the tile for all outside corners.

Axhammer 08-18-2013 11:24 AM

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1. When I applied the red guard inside my shower, I did not apply any to the shower pan (floor), should I brush on a coat before installing the tile? It seems like it couldn't hurt?

2. Where should I start tiling? Which section of this project is appropriate as the starting point? I was thinking the shower floor or ceiling, but I haven't made up my mind yet, and am open to suggestions.

My plans for today are to fit and install the threshold stone with thinset, and then pour one more batch of quick-lite at the door opening, to finish out the bathroom floor, in preparations for tile.

Axhammer 08-18-2013 08:35 PM

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I poured the final two bags of quick-light today and the floor level came out pretty good I think. It was too low to install the threshold, before the self leveling underlayment, so it still needs to be installed, I guess I get to it when the floor gets done.

So no suggestions on where to start?

JazMan 08-19-2013 06:59 PM

I have no idea where you should start, I'm here, can't see.

I do hope you're not going to regret using those tiles in a shower though. Almost everyone else has.


JetSwet 08-19-2013 07:26 PM

I wouldn't put those cheese tiles in the shower, way too porous even if you seal them IMO.

Post some more picks inside the bathroom, change out the red light special, this way we can see in regular light.

Axhammer 08-19-2013 09:08 PM

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I started at the bottom of the largest wall and worked my way up. I did the two side walls next, and that's all I got done today. As far as the Porous stone, I too hope I am not disappointed with it. I like the way it looks, and it is what my wife and I picked out. I plan on sealing it before I grout it, and then again after grouting it.

Axhammer 08-19-2013 09:10 PM

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Top half.

Axhammer 08-19-2013 09:13 PM

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Bottom shower head wall.

Axhammer 08-19-2013 09:15 PM

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Upper shower head wall.

Axhammer 08-19-2013 09:22 PM

I guess I'll do the ceiling next, and then the niche wall, and start cutting the end tiles for each wall.

I ordered my new granite countertop and sink, and I picked up a Moen Banbury faucet.

JetSwet 08-19-2013 09:26 PM

You only covered the seams with redguard? So the redgaurd was applied after tile was on wall? What are your plans on the wooden ledger on the bottom? If it was screwed in the you will need to mud and redguard the holes when u take the ledger out. I hope you can match those corner cuts up. Tile looks very nice.

Axhammer 08-19-2013 10:17 PM

Yeah, the ledger screw-holes will get thinset, and then the entire pan will get red-guard, just like the entire shower interior received. I'm saving the pan for last

Axhammer 08-21-2013 09:06 PM

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I cut a strip of plywood and screwed it to the shower entrance jamb to use as a guide, and installed the tiles, trying to maintain a straight and neat edge.

Axhammer 08-21-2013 09:08 PM

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I installed the niche stone.

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