While cleaning up the property, we accidentally tipped over our table outside and busted one of the tiles. Crud... Trying to go on pretending that the table was not missing a huge section was just not working. I mean really, once you place your cup of coffee on the non existent tile in the early morning, the day just doesn't begin well. So... we either needed a new table or a fix for this one. After making some bread and cookies in the morning last week, I decided to shift from homemaker to super amazing tile lady.
And Bam! Just like that and the table was fixed! It is a little noticeable that the tile is a slightly different color, but I don't mind. The tile saw blade was extremely dull so I was just happy that it lasted long enough to make these few cuts without ruining my ear drums. New tile blade now added to our Home Depot shopping list :)
I have just completed making about 90 small rectangular tiles from large 18'' stone tiles. The final product should turn out amazing!
After a full day of working, we have finally sat down for dinner ( at 8:20). Even though I want to take a hot shower and call it a day, we are going to try and get everything set tonight so that we can grout tomorrow. Of what fun...
Theresa was sitting on the toilet hard at work all day yesterday. It seemed to take a lot longer than usual, and all the stress left her pretty exhausted... at about 5:00 she had a nuclear meltdown and we didn't call it quits until at about 8:00 pm.
Seriously, she sat on that toilet all day long applying mortar to the tiles for the downstairs shower. This tile job was supposed to be easier! We chose the easiest pattern we could think of and bought huge tile so we could slap it on and knock it out, but for some reason it seems this job is dragging on.
Every wall in this house has issues with being uneven, unlevel, or not square, so we have to "engineer" all of our work correct the imperfections. I am sure that 99% of houses in St. Croix enjoy these same imperfections, but it sure makes tile work a pain in the a$$..
Back at it today.. less than 3 weeks until the move to Puerto Rico. As the old saying goes, no rest for the weary, at least not until January 16th.
Our dining table has become very scratched on the top because of all the tools we have been dragging around and because Buddy has decided the table should be his new lookout post during the day. I didn't really want to sand the top and stain it again, so we decided that tiling the top would be a good idea. A few hours of cutting tile and we were ready to put it together. I used liquid nails to glue the tile down and grouted the next day. It really looks great! What an easy way to refinish a scratched table :)
Our last post gave a glimpse of our idea for tiling the remaining portion of our upstairs bathroom. We have finished this project and it looks great! Our bathroom upstairs has a small area where the door swings and then a step up to the actual bathroom (toilet, bath, vanity). We originally thought we would complete the lower floor when we redo the entire flooring upstairs. However, this flooring project won't be on our list for a year or two since we will be renting the house. So, it was time to complete the bathroom floor with tile.
We used a diamond pattern to match the tile on the above floor.
For the front of the step, we wanted to do something interesting. How about a fun design? Of course! Here is the design in the beginning stage. Aaron used a table saw to rip a few pieces of wood for a border and I cut the 4'' tiles. So far it looks good.
After setting the tile, grout was added.
For the threshold, we used large stone tiles that we originally bought for caps on our deck posts. They looked amazing for this project. We also painted the tops of the tile on the wall so that it matched the color of the tile. Those small details really make a difference.
And the final product. Wow!
I am really beginning to like all of these tile projects we have done lately. Especially those with fun designs. We are about to start remodeling the downstairs bathroom. I wonder what we will come up with for that project? :)
Looks like more tile fun! We are working on another fun tile project to finish up our upstairs bathroom remodel, and again decided to do something intricate. I am currently in the process of grouting and should finish up the job today.
Pictures of the end result will be posted soon :)
This project really turned out amazing and completely changes the appearance of our downstairs area. We have already talked about prepping, painting, tiling the inside, and starting on tiling the top of the bar in previous posts. So, starting where we left off...
Once we had all the tiles cut (and there were a LOT), we used an adhesive to glue them to the tile that was already on the bar. We tried chipping the tiles out first, but it was not working out well so we decided to simply glue them in place. As always, the tiles are completely set the next day and ready to grout.
The design really looked good after the grout was added. It definitely helped the different type of tiles blend together well.
Now that we have the tile set and grouted, the border needed to be addressed. We chose to paint the border of the bar cabinet since the small stone tiles were already about the same color as the cabinet itself. Easy.
Unfortunately, simply painting the border of the bar wouldn't look good at all because of the raw tile edges. We considered a wood border but then decided on a stone tile border instead. More tile cutting...
After all the tile was cut, we again used an adhesive to glue the tiles in place. Since the glue isn't immediately set, we had to use clamps and wood to give the tile a support until it was set in place. From our boat building, we luckily had lots of clamps and they came in handy here.
And we are finished! This project looks amazing! It took a bit longer than we planned but this is by far our best tile job.
Look at those doors! No more dark wood with flowery handles. No more pink tile. No more mildew smelling shelves. No more darkness in the center of the room. We couldn't be happier with how this came together :)
How to tile the top of the bar? We were unsure of how we would want the top to look and went to the store with an open mind. Picking out the color of tile we wanted was easy. But do we want just one tile and a basic pattern? Or do we want to do something a bit more intricate? Since the bar is pretty much the center piece of our home downstairs, we wanted something that would stand out.
We picked up a bunch of 4 inch white stone tile and a few packages of small precut rectangular white stone tiles along with the light beige tile we chose. Our idea was to use a diamond pattern with a border made up of the precut tiles. My thoughts on diamond patterns: looks amazing but involves way too many cuts. The primary tile we bought was 12''x24'' so we had to first cut these into 12'' x 12'' squares. Since our tile saw is not a super duper big wet saw, these cuts had to be made with no guard. I was much better at the free handed cuts than Aaron so I cut the majority of the tiles needed for this project. Lucky me :)
When you cut tile without a guard, you have to watch the blade pretty closely. And of course your fingers :) This means the chips of tile might be thrown in your face and ultimately your eyes. Not cool! Even though I probably looked stupid, the only clear eye protective gear I could find at our house was a pair of goggles. Kind of like the ones we all used in Chemistry class back in high school.
Lots and lots of free handed cuts....
What a pro! :) The wet saw is quickly becoming one of my favorite tools.
Here is the middle portion of the top so far. We really liked how this was coming together!
For the border, we originally had the beige tile only but that lacked a certain bit of jazz that I was hoping for. So... we added some stone in the border. And wow! I love it!
The bar cabinet followed the same design.
And to remind everyone of what this looked like to begin with, here are some pictures of the pink square tiled top. Hmmm... Yuck.
Next post: completed project!
We have previously tiled the inside of our kitchen and bathroom cabinets and really like how nice it looks and how easy it is to clean. So of course we wanted to do the same thing with the bar. Especially since before this remodel, the inside of the bar smelled like mildew and just looked dirty.
When we bought the house, there was a big stack of tile outside that we have ignored so far. If we cleaned this tile up, we would lower the cost needed for tile on this project. Save some money? Of course! So, we got some soapy water, scrub brushes and a scraper and got to work. It only took a few hours to get most of the tile cleaned up and it was a really nice bamboo looking tile.
I made my cuts with a wet saw and stuck the tiles in place with liquid nails. I never knew how awesome of a product liquid nails was until this home remodel. At this point, my tile cutting skills are becoming very good :) Maybe I can be classified as an expert soon?
The day after I had all the tiles set, a storm blew with a bunch of lightning and thunder. Buddy and Bonnie are really scared of thunder (typical). Bonnie follows me around the entire time and they both try to find a hiding spot. Buddy's hiding spot was inside the bar that day so I put in a nice cushion in the bar for him. He really enjoyed it and I had to snap a picture :)
Back to work after the storm... I mixed up a batch of grout and filled in all the gaps. After this dried and a quick coat of grout sealer added, the inside was complete! As always, we really like the tile on the shelves. I really wonder why this type of work isn't seen very often?
Now that the inside is done, we get to focus on the fun part. The top!
Since we started a new project refinishing the downstairs floor, the bathroom remodel was put on hold for a bit. But, we are getting closer to being done now after spending a few days on it. The tile in the shower has been installed and it looks great!. We applied a bonding agent to the cement board before setting the tile (this is the blue paint). After this dried, we started from the bottom and worked our way up. Just as we did with the floor, we chose a diamond pattern for the shower. A rectangular border was added along with tile in front of the tub.
The walls are not level so making all the tiles line up was a bit difficult. There are a lot of cuts needed when making the diamond pattern! Lets just say that we are a bit tired of cutting tile at this point. The pattern turned out really nice so it was worth it.
After laying all of the tile, we added grout and then sealed it three times. The store was out of grout sealer so we improvised with a waterproof sealer for masonry and cement from Behr. It worked fine but we had to wash it off right away since it streaked down the tile a bunch.
After sealing the tile, we added a layer of waterproof silicone to the space between the tub and tile. We also added the silicone to the front of the tub and around the toilet. We did not know the trick about using rubbing alcohol or windex before smoothing the silicone at first and couldn't get the silicone off of our hands and arms for a few days. Note to self: use windex before touching silicone.
We are really happy with the end product :)
We decided to change the paint color in the bathroom since it didn't really look good with the tile. This is another day though...
Theresa and Aaron
We have purchased a home in paradise! This blog will document our many house projects during the remodel.