Wood Grain Tile Installation

Now that we have some beautiful paint on the walls we can concentrate on the flooring for the next couple days. Before any tile goes down on the floor there is a little preparation and installation of backer board on the subfloor to properly adhere tiles to. Growing up I can remember tiling with my father over plywood surfaces and having them last for as long as I know of. Since my childhood and the invention of the internet, I’m forced by guilt to try to follow the tile guru bandwagon and properly lay down Hardi-Backer over the subfloor for a “real” long lasting tile job. Also, when I mean proper I mean laying down thin-set in between the subfloor and Hardi then screwing it down with Backer-On screws then taping the seems with Alkali-Resistant tape and thin-set. Only the by the laws of tile masters are you allowed to think about laying tile.

So, that’s what I did… Exactly.

The process is fairly easy. Just mix up your Versabond thin-set and comb it out over your subfloor one section at a time. Put down your Hardi-Backer and screw it in using the Backer-On screws (recommended). Once you have all the Hardi down, you tape the seams much like how I did in the show surround or like any drywall installation, except don’t use compound, use thin-set.

Thin-set under Backer-Board

Hardi-Backer Board

After a nights drying time, you are ready to tile. (also, if you look in the pictures below, I did this step before painting our top coat)

We took a long time to decide on what tile to get and after a couple trips to every tile place in the area, we settled on a newer style of tile. It’s called wood grain and it comes in a 6×24 size. We absolutely LOVE IT! We wanted actual white wash wood in the bathroom but after I kicked and screamed, I was able to show my fear of wood in bathroom enough so that we were looking at tile again. It was a tile that was sold in Lowe’s and luckily they had just enough in stock. The official name was Metro Wood White Glazed Porcelain Floor Tile.

The installation of the tile was a little harder than a standard 12×12 tile and using a tight 1/16″ grout line like we did, made it even tougher. I started out by dropping some chalk lines on the floor that we nice and square. that gave me the starting point for the first tile and from there, all other tiles will be based off that one. The process of finding that magical starting spot was tough for me as I never used these ties before. My main concern (as with all tile jobs) is to make sure you don’t run yourself into a situation that has a sliver of a tile at the edges or corners. It looks bad, creates a weak point, and shows that you were only paying somewhat attention to what you were doing.

I guess I can say that I either knew what I was doing (yeah, right) or just got really lucky, haha. I ended up not having any slivers or extremely small pieces to deal with on the edges or in the corners. Once I had the entire floor down, I let it set overnight and simply did the grout job the next night. It was a super productive weekend and we are only getting closer to being done!



Chalk Lines

Laying down the floor tile

Combing out thin-set

Complete tile installation

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