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Tiling the Laundry Room

I am in the middle of revamping my laundry room, starting from the ground up. The first place to start was with new flooring. What was there originally was a used to be white linoleum, that had faded into a yellow-ish look. Not what I was going for. I priced out the tile and realized I could add nice tile into the space without breaking the bank. In fact, I tiled this whole room for under $120. I shopped smart, used large tiles, mixed the grout and thins set myself, and did it all myself.
Here is how it turned out. There was a lot of work to do, but it was all worth it. The tile I ended up with was a large white ceramic tile with gray lines.
Here is the view of the floor, before I got started. This wall is where the washer and dryer go.
I pulled up the old flooring. I got lucky with this next step. The flooring was nice and level, and the sub floor is over the recommended 1 1/2 inches thick. So I did not need to do any other prep with the floors before we bagan laying the tile down.
Using the thin set and smoothing it out on the floor.
Taking the other side of the trowel, the one with the grooves and running it along the thin set. Then putting thin set on the back of the tile and laying it down.
Placing spacers in between the tiles. Taking a leveler and making sure each tile is level to the next one.
Once all is laid down with spacers, let it sit for 24 hours.
Once the 24 hours have gone, you can walk on it and put weight on it. Take out the spacers.
Take the grout and spread it around the tile. Getting into the grooves between the tile. This should all be filled in with grout.
It will look messy and horrible, you will think you made a mistake in tiling. But it is ok, you are almost done!
Take a slightly (barely) damp sponge and swipe it along the tile. Getting the grout into the lines, and cleaning up the tile portion. This is the part where you make everything neat and clean looking. I did this about 30 minutes after I set the grout on.
Scrub and wipe until you have the grout lines you want. I used a larger spacer, so the grout was more obvious. I also used a darker grout for the same reason. So making sure the grout lines were straight and neat was key to making this look like a well done project. If it was not neat enough it would be very obvious.
It was done, after one long weekend of work I now have a nice, new and bright flooring for my laundry room. It was what this space needed to make it feel brighter, bigger, and more "Done" to me. I have a full tutorial, with even more pictures, details, and steps on my blog. There was too many steps and pictures to post here, these are the abbreviated version of the tile redo. I had never tiled a floor before, just doing smaller subway tile for a back splash. This was also my first time using a larger grout line. It all worked out and I realized there is not a lot of skill to this. Just take your time, don't rush, check your work, and be as net as possible.

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Apr 6, 2015

    Well, color me impressed! I feel empowered just reading this, so I imagine it must feel pretty good to you! :-)

    • Emily, Our house now a home
      Emily, Our house now a home Milwaukee, WI
      on Apr 6, 2015

      @Miriam I It was a lot of work, but worth all of it. None of it was very complicated, most of it was just somewhat time consuming. I do love how it turned out! Thank you for your kind words.

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Apr 6, 2015

    Fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing :) You guys did an awesome job with this improvement.

  • Lindacottrellkelley
    Lindacottrellkelley Burton, MI
    on Apr 6, 2015

    sorry to ask, but if you did all the work yourself , why is there a mans hand in the pictures doing the work ?

    • Emily, Our house now a home
      Emily, Our house now a home Milwaukee, WI
      on Apr 6, 2015

      @Lindacottrellkelley I took the pictures for my blog. I did most of the work myself, with help from my husband. He is not the best picture taker, so I often have him do some of it so I can take pictures and then I do the rest.

  • Leisa Kugler
    Leisa Kugler Tunkhannock, PA
    on Apr 6, 2015

    Very nice! Tile is hard work, congratulations on your success!

  • Sandy Tromin
    Sandy Tromin Eaton Rapids, MI
    on Apr 7, 2015

    you did a fantastic job, I cant believe this is your first time it looks professional every step of the way.

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