Saturday, October 6, 2007

Tile that makes you smile

This week, Blair the contractor got the bathroom tiled. Wow.

The bathroom had only a tub before. We added a shower and used subway tile from Lowe's. This photo was before the white grout went in.
The floor are sheets of 3/4 inch square unglazed ceramic tile.
Tips:
  • Advice from Blair: If the homeowner is crazy enough to want a square pattern in an old house where nothing is level, create your own starting point to lay the tile rather than using the walls as a guide. This will make your lines even.
  • More advice from Blair: Pale-colored grout on floors shows every speck of dirt.
  • Unglazed tile is good for wet areas because they are not slick like glazed. The color also is the same throughout the tile so if some moron chips the tile, it should be less noticeable.
  • Seal light-colored unglazed tile before grouting with darker colors to prevent stains.

When I told a neighbor touring the house about the floor tile, she said, "I was about to ask if it was the original floor." Could there be a better compliment?

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