And here it is folks! You’ve stuck with us for three days now and we are finally wrapping up the project! I don’t know about you but I’m back at work today and wishing I could be doing home improvement projects instead! If only :)
But trust us when we say the end result is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and was worth the wait! Lori and Zach really do know how to do a great job on these home improvement projects! (Maybe we will be able to convince them to let us follow them on their next project to share with you all too!?)
Ok, ok, enough already! Check out the steps below to see the rest of the details needed to finish your project.
Once the mortar is dry, you will need to grout the tile. There are two kinds of grout – Sanded and Non-sanded. We used non-sanded grout because our grout lines were less than 1/8″ (we used 1/16″ spacers to show little to no grout). Mix the grout according to the instructions on the package – the final consistency should be like thick creamy peanut butter.
We applied it with a putty knife and worked it into the grout lines with the molded rubber grout float tool (shown in picture) and made sure to get the grout heavily in the grooves. Work the grout into the grout lines with the grout float held at 45 degrees and scraped the excess grout off of the tile. Because the grout lines are 1/16”, it doesn’t take much grout to finish the room – 2 pounds of grout was about 2x too much.
Once the grout has been in the grout lines for about 15 minutes, use a lightly damped sponge to clean off the tops of the tiles (i.e. not the grout lines). You’ll need to clean the sponge out several times depending on how clean you left the tiles with the grout float. Once you are done getting the excess grout off the tiles, you can use the sponge to smooth the grout lines – don’t overwork them here – just smooth them over.
A few hours later, you can come back and wipe the white residue off of the tiles with a DRY cheesecloth or dish towel (make sure you use one you don’t mind having stained – as the grout WILL stain the dish towel). You’ll want to wait at least a couple of days for the grout to cure before you apply a grout sealer. In this case, we applied sealer to the grout lines only – as the tiles are porcelain. If you used a porous tile – or natural stone, you can apply the sealer all at once (to the tile and the grout), though you should seal the tiles before installing them (or grouting them) so you don’t stain the tile with the grout. Check out this link for more information on grout sealer.
If you have some white residue left on the grout (called efflorescence), you can remove that after the grout has cured for a week using a 1:1 mix of water and vinegar, but this should be done before you seal the grout. Once the grout is dry, replace the toilet and replace your quarter round molding.
And finally…Here is the final result of Lori and Zach’s beautiful tiled bathroom!
A picture of the closet after the quarter round is replaced…
And, because Lori and Zach are just the nicest people around, I couldn’t help but share how sweet it was of them to give Shawn and I our own “DIY Tile Gift Basket!” Complete with tile spacers, a grout float tool, a square notch trowel, a sponge, and tile sealer. Thank you guys a MILLION for teaching us how to do this and letting us share your project with our readers! You.guys.are.awesome. I can’t wait to try it ourselves!
Feel free to make comments in the section below in case you have any questions! If we don’t know, I can guarantee Zach will!