We did it! The laundry room has been tiled. Boy, day 2 was a lot harder than day 1 :) I'm completely exhausted as I write this post.
In the morning, I came downstairs to find the self-leveling floor set and dry:
MIL and I got everything ready to mix the tile adhesive. During this step we had some issues, I am not going to lie.
When we originally purchased our materials, an employee at Home Depot helped us pick it all out. However, we ended up purchasing the LARGE size (50 lb bag) of tile adhesive. Yesterday we proceeded to try and mix said bag in our paint bucket. There was way too much mix in a way too small bucket. And there was way too much mix for our little room! It ended up splattering EVERYWHERE and we weren't able to mix it. We tried separating it out into two buckets but in the end it wasn't salvageable. We just had no idea what we were doing.
Here I am, giving up, with mix all over me and two buckets full of un-usable mess:
Well... you live and you learn. We went to Lowes (because it was closest to our house) and talked to an employee there. He showed us what size we actually needed for our small job and told us how to mix it slowly so it mixes together smoothly.
(as a side note - I really like both Home Depot and Lowes.. we just happened to have a more helpful person at Lowes for this project).
Here is a shot of the new items we got at Lowes:
We decided to mix only half the bag to make sure we were doing it right.
Ohhh that's what it's supposed to look like! :)
Once we got the adhesive figured out, we got to tiling!
Laying down the first piece.. man I was nervous (and I ditched those gloves in like two seconds. My hands are killing me because of it.. but it was easier to work without them):
After a short while, we got the hang of it..
I borrowed a tile cutter from a neighbor of mine. I ended up only having to cut a few pieces. Can you believe it? I can't!
(The shoe moulding covers the small little gaps around the perimeter in case you were wondering)
And there is the almost-finished product! Of course we still need to grout, then add the shoe moulding. Oh and then paint the room, etc. But we are really happy with how it looks so far.
Phew. Time to relax!
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