Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tilin' the shower floor

For the past while, we've been working on tiling the shower in the second bathroom. It's the last step of having TWO FULLY FUNCTIONAL bathrooms! (I know, what a concept, right?)

The first step is laying the floor of the shower. Here's the shower pan that we built a while ago, super-clean (to ensure the mastic sticks) and ready to go with the tile.

We used 1 foot square sheets of 2 inch travertine-looking tile, which made it super easy to cut and fit. In fact, the only tiles we had to cut for the shower floor were the ones that go around the drain, and the ones on the angled side. Here we've sketched out the cuts and numbered the tiles around the drain so we can easily reassemble them.

You can see where we needed to trim a few tiles along the angled side, and create a few half-tiles to fill in the gaps.

After we got everything laid out and trimmed to fit, we moved the entire thing into the hallway, upside-down. This made it super easy to put mastic down on the shower floor and then lay all the tile.

See? It only took us a minute and 30 seconds to lay in the floor! I have video proof!

After laying the tiles in, we went back and smooshed them around a bit to make sure all the grout lines lined up and that the tiles were as even as possible and sloped toward the drain. Then we tapped them all down (gently) with a rubber mallet to set them solidly into the mastic.

The finished product! Interestingly, we had exactly one 2x2 inch tile leftover from this project.

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