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Alas, it's finally time to slap some tile up on those walls. It's only taken 3 months to get the
After putting up the backerboard, we were ready to tile. We mixed up the thin set and got to it. We started with the niches first by using the mosaic Key Largo tile. Let's just say I dropped the F-bomb about 327 times those first
My sister's dog Chalmers came to help and make sure we were doing everything right.
First cut. See how he's smiling? He wasn't after 2,304 cuts.
This is me, pre-F-bomb dropping:
No F-bombs yet:
After many F-bombs:
We finally started making progress. We felt overwhelmed after we realized how long it took to do these seven rows.
We were going to put a strip of the mosaic tile around the perimeter of the shower but we thought we would keep it simple and classic and only do the insets. We spent every hour of our time on the weekends tiling the shower. We got 3" x 6" Carrara marble tiles and we were wondering, "why didn't we get 12" x 12" instead?!". It took forever and by forever I mean probably 5 or 6 weekends to do it. The mess was driving me crazy, as you can imagine.
It took a great deal of time to do the insets, the pencil tile around the insets, along with running up and down a flight of stairs every time we needed to make a cut with the tile saw being in the garage. I'm sure our neighbors were happy when we were done using the saw.
This is my "hey, look at this shower we just made" face. Ain't no thang.
We thought the shower looked great when we were done tiling, but it wasn't until we grouted that we thought, "wow, this looks amazing and we did it ourselves!". If you would like a good shoulder workout, I recommend grouting 85 square feet of wall. But first, you must grab a couple beers, preferably Bud Light Lime since it's the summer and you're sharing 12 square feet of shower with your husband and need something refreshing. Then grab a couple more when after a couple hours you're wondering "why is there still grout on my sponge?!" It worked out to have Ehren apply the grout and me buff it until it shines like the top of the Chrysler building.
Next, we installed the shower doors. We got them from Lowe's and you can find them here.
I really hated the idea of drilling into our new marble shower, but it had to be done.
Cozy didn't like that idea either. Or the noise.
When it comes to bathroom renovations, 100% silicone is your best friend.
He is in a glass case of emotion.
I know it doesn't look like I helped with any of this, but I did! See, I have proof below.
Get your eyes off my husband in the shower.
Cozy likes it.
Let's take a look back at the before and after shots.
Slight improvement? I think so. Worth all the hours of being covered in thin set and tile spacers? Definitely. And does our fabulous new shower head feel good after all of this hard work? Abso-freakin-lutely.