Did you know I'm renovating a house with my husband? Given half a chance I will merrily wang on about it to anyone who will listen so I'm betting I've mentioned it here before. In fact I know I have. So, now we're all on the same page, renovating blah blah, also on that page is an ever diminishing budget. So when it came to tiling the bathroom, I would have loved nothing more than to employ a highly skilled and knowledgeable tiler (or my Dad, same thing). However, once I'd totted up how much the tiles, adhesive, grout etc would cost, there wasn't much left for the actual tile application. Dad was busy doing other things (like putting the rest of the house together) and I thought, well, I'll have a go. Why not! Why not tile a bathroom when you've never done it before? To prepare for this tiling extravaganza I watched about 25 videos on YouTube of other people tiling, and read a few online guides. Let me share what I learnt with you.
Firstly, tiling is very time-consuming. Anyone who says you can do it in half a day is either lying or an expert tiler. Secondly, it's fiddly, really fiddly, especially behind the taps (try and tile before you put taps in). Thirdly, quick drying adhesive dries really really fast so you need to work quickly which isn't always possible when you're a complete novice and spend huge chunks of time standing in the bath staring blankly at the wall.
In spite of all this, it turned out pretty well. I originally wanted to use the Fired Earth metro tiles because I fell in love with them at the Fired Earth & Aga showroom at Vale Farm last Christmas.
Sadly the Fired Earth tiles were way out of our budget, who saw that coming? I found some really lovely alternatives though at Topps Tiles in Bedford. I didn't have a clue what I was doing and the staff were super helpful, I'd really recommend them especially Tony who gave me a few last minute tips before I started.
I went for the Metro Tile in Blue - after consulting my husband obviously - he was totally involved too :). I did umm and ahhh about going for the cream or white ones because they were so much cheaper, but in the end I thought I'd be brave and go for it. And I'm really so so pleased with the results.
This is before I had properly finished doing the final rub to get the smeary grout bits off. But overall, I'm thrilled all except if you look closely in the corner you can see it goes thicker and then thinner again? That is going to bug me every time I'm in there I think! Corners are really tough.
I'd love to hear from any other DIY tilers out there? I do actually have one last tip I just thought of... I wrapped the taps in cling film so they were protected from the adhesive and grout flying around but I could also work around them. Am I a super genius or does everyone do this? I'll go with genius until I hear otherwise, it's good for my tiler self-esteem.
Anyway, do you want to see what the bathroom was like before? Here you go...
Snazzy shower doors + curtain combo, right?! I'm so happy to have a bath in there now.
Right, I'm off now to my cardboard castle to pack up some west egg orders, will be back tomorrow. Bye!