Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Grouting the Tile in the Guest Bathroom

Sporting some of my yellow rubber gloves, and armed with a rubber float, Kevin dove right into the grouting process yesterday using a handy dandy product called "Simple Grout"...



Because you literally just smear it on, wait a few hours, and then wipe it off- it really does make grouting insanely simple!



He used a damp sponge to wipe off the excess grout...



Having a tub of water nearby made it easy to re-wet and wring out the sponge as needed...



In just a matter of hours, the project was complete!



You'd never know there isn't really a full wall of tile now that our mirror is back in place!



Altogether, Kevin ended up using eleven 12"x12" tiles total. We were able to score them for just $4.97 a piece at Total Liquidator in Montgomery. (We LOVE that place!) So for under $55.00 we got ourselves a beautiful, blue backsplash, that didn't break the bank. It will be interesting to see what our final tally is for this room when we're done!
(By the way, it would've cost us approximately 80 extra dollars to tile the wall underneath the mirror, and since we'll never see it, we figured not tiling that area would be a great way to keep the cost of our re-do down as low as possible. Not to mention, when it came to re-hanging the mirror- we thought it would be easier to drill back into the drywall, than it would be to drill through the tile.)



We went with a bright white-colored grout, to keep the look fresh...



Today, Kevin painted the mirror frame the same color white as all of the trim and cabinetry in the room. It's a color called "Alabaster", and it's made by Sherwin Williams.



Of course I couldn't resist including a "presto chango" which shows the way the bathroom looked before, and the way it looks today. Just move your cursor back and forth over the photo below to see the room transform!




We couldn't have even begun to tackle this room without our gift card from the generous folks at True Value So we want to send them a HUGE thank you for helping us finally get this party started! (Or should I say "potty started"?) :-)

The next step is to secure the farm table into place and figure where to drill the hole for the drain pipe. I imagine the phrase, "Measure twice, cut once" will apply during this step.

Wish us luck!

Layla


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27 comments:

us said...

The tile concept was so smart and looks so pretty. Really great decisions!

Pat said...

Just the paint makes such a difference...love the tile. You guys are sooo creative.

Anita said...

Great work. I am going to tile my kitchen backsplash...I was going to put old eiling tile up, but just cringe thinking about cutting it....

Paula said...

LOL ... get this "potty" started. I'm a sucker for those kinds of jokes.

The tiling looks great, and what a smart idea.

Hopeful Housewife said...

I'm loving your bathroom it's hard to believe it's the same place!! I'm sure it will be the topic of many potties in the future!

Lavender and Lilies said...

I think it looks great!

p.s.original said...

Super job! Love your common sense approach, too. The before and afters tell the tale. As always, I'm inspired!

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

The floor, the floor! We want to see the painted floor!

geri said...

LUCK, LUCK, LUCK.
Not that you need wishes for luck in that bathroom.
I am sure the cutting of the pipes will be a breeze for you and Kevin to figure out.
It is a room redo right from a magazine and has all the "Cottage" qualities of a B&B I have visited.
You have an eye for beauty, style, and function.
I would probably have tours thru the bathroom if I ever acccomplished such a constuction design. hehe
Have a wonderful day. geri.

white flower design said...

love, love love that beachy tile. it looks so expensive. Can't wait to see the finished bath. I am really impressed by Kevin. All the best, Lori

AKA Rosa said...

Oh my...... I love love love your blog. You always do stuff to your home that I love. I also think you and your hubby are adorable! I must say I thought you had lost your mind when I saw a picture on your blog today. I thought you had tiled around the wall by your tub and put up molding too. Oh.... didn't like it at all. A little too out there for me. I am glad I realized it was just your TUB in a mirror. Oh.... maybe I should go back to bed :)

KK said...

Presto Chango. I could help but scream "Eeek" to myself when it changed back to it's original state. Funny how the better it looks, the worse it looks before! Awesome work! Can't wait to see the completion. I'm sure you can't either! :)

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

You know, I think I like the purple walls better. Just kidding!!!!

Cara said...

That blue tile is stunning, and your bathroom is really looking great! I'm getting inspired to take on some tiling like that in our bathroom!

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

It looks great! WE have that exact tile in our new shower. It's on the floor and in the nooks. We also scored it for a great deal at Floor & Decor in Morrow, GA.

Amanda said...

I canNOT wait to tackle our dreaded master bath now that I see how absolutely stunning your guest bath is becoming.

Hos was it ripping out the old cabinetry and counter tops? I'm not usually this way but I'm hesitant over all the wall damage I assume it would cause. Please assure me it's 'not that bad'. ;)

The Brick Cottage said...

Layla, that tile is beautiful! I can't wait to see the after as I'm sure it's going into my inspiration folder.

Beautifully Inspired said...

It looks awesome! I love the colors of the tile..

Nicole

Heather said...

I'm loving what you've done so far! I can't wait to see the end result!

An Imperfect Perfection said...

Hi Layla (and Kevin)...I saw you on the 700 club this morning! You were fabulous!! Loved the creations you and Kevin came up with. Such great and simple ideas - but wow - great impact! Merry Christmas to you both!

Jen Caputo said...

*gasp* It is just looking amazing - LOVE the tile you chose!

Shannon said...

It looks great! Tiling is one of those projects that often intimidates people but really isn't that bad. And the results are AMAZING!

Chelsea said...

Wow - you guys are doing a wonderful job! Looks fantastic - so bright and airy. :)

Jacci said...

Pretty stinking nice, guys! It's looking like a completely different room - which, of course I know you wanted it to! :) The table is just going to be absolutely perfect in there. Yay!!!

~Jacci

Ken said...

I saw you today on the 700 Club. Very nice!!! Thanks for sharing your time and talent to us challenged folks out there in blogville!!!

Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary said...

the bathroom is looking so great. I absolutely love those grey/blues! thanks for making it all look so easy!!

Shawna said...

Love the post and we're going to try and do a quick fix in our ensuite washroom by doing the same thing that you did.

I'm just wondering where you got the simple grout and how much it cost?

I live in Vancouver Canada but visit Washington bi-weekly so I can always pick some up.

However I found some here - which I thought was a great price: http://www.hardwareandtools.com/invt/u816916

We're trying to do this on a really low budget (if you couldn't already tell ;) )

Any input is welcome!
Thanks! Shawna
paulandshawna@telus.net