Small Bathroom Renovation Tile Floor Installation


This is the first part of our DIY bathroom renovation. We demo the vanity and encountered an unexpected tile floor installations. This was my husband first time to work with tiles.
Step 1: Turn off the water valve before you start the demo. Remove the backsplash, sink, vanity, and mirror. Scrape off the excess silicone glue off the wall.
Step 2: Clean up the area to prepare for the tile installation.
Step 3: Make sure you cover the pipe with a plastic bag for safety reason.
Step 4: Since we are going to tile a small section, it is best to cut the tile to size first and figure out where they will. This tile cutter is affordable and easy to use once you get the hang of it. Be sure to practice how to cut first.
Step 5: Now it's time to mix the mortar, we just followed the manufacturer's instructions for this. You want the consistency spreadable but not runny.
Step 6: Now put a good amount of mortar on the concrete and spread it out. Make sure it is even and just put a mortar on the section where you are working.
Step 7: You can also put some mortar on the back of the tiles so there will be no space, you don't want any gaps or the tile might crack.
Step 8: Once you laid the first tile, you are just going to repeat it until you reach the back wall. Use a spacer so the tiles will look nice.
Step 9: Here we are putting the last tile. The wait 2-3 days for the mortar to cure.
Step 10: Now that the mortar has cured, it time to grout it. We also followed the manufacturer's instruction for this. We filled in the grout line, making sure there is now gaps in between tiles.
Step 11: Using a wet sponge wipe off the excess grout, don't let it dry before wiping it or you won't be able to get it off. (I think)
Step 12: Let it dry for 24 hours. And we will be ready for Part 2 of this renovation. Here is the before and after.
Watch the video below if you would like to see the process in action.

Suggested materials:

  • Tiles  (HOME DEPOT)
  • Grout  (HOME DEPOT)
  • Mortar  (HOME DEPOT)
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  • William
    on Dec 17, 2016

    One thing I noticed that you didn't use a notched trowel to "rake" the mortar on the floor. This evens out and creates ridges in the mortar so you don't have too much or to little on the floor for any minor variations in the floor. Also it looked like you back buttered the tiles with too much mortar. Just enough to get them sticky. I saw a lot of mortar squeezed out in the grout lines. The grout lines must be clean otherwise the grout will eventually start to pop out. You grouted properly forcing the grout into the joints, but the removal and smoothing of the grout should have been done by going over the joints diagonally with the grout float held at a 45 degrees angle against the tiles. Then the residue is cleaned off with a damp sponge. Otherwise it looks like a good job for a first attempt. Can't wait to see more.

  • Simonali
    on Dec 18, 2016

    We put decorating glitter into our grout looks great

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