We have been working on the bathroom and the shower for the past few weeks. I won’t be covering it to keep the focus on the shower wall and show depth because I would need to spend a lot of time explaining how to layout the pattern, which can be tedious and frustrating. You should also get familiar with other tile work before you start.
This tutorial can be used to tile with ceramic or porcelain tiles. The floor tile we’ll be using is porcelain. While the wall tile will be ceramic, it is porcelain. Porcelain is the more water-impervious and more challenging choice. Dang, it’s heavy. Ceramic is usually cheaper and easier to cut. Both are very accessible How to tile a bathroom.
Planning your layout is the first step in tiling. It would help if you placed as many tiles as you needed on the floor. This will allow you to see how many cuts will be required and which ones will prove problematic. You can plan to spot problems before you put mortar down. It’s not too late to make changes. Is there a problem area that is too difficult to cut? Or will the pattern look weird? What best way to align the tile with the objects or flooring in the next room?
You can also plan for areas that are not square by laying out the pattern. We discovered that one wall dipped in 3/4″ over an 8-foot span. Therefore, we were able to arrange the practice to ensure that any tiles that needed to be cut were not in the way. You can use a wet saw or a manual cutter that snaps and scores the tiles. A tile saw is a good choice. This little saw is very affordable and has been repaid many times over.
Manual tile cutters can be helpful for small pieces of tile, such as these hexagonal tiles for our shower. They are not able to cut larger pieces. We use this tile cutter and love it. You can use a manual tile cutter, but you must score the tiles multiple times before snapping. Wet saws look similar to table saws, but they use a diamond blade with a reservoir that holds water for the edge to cool it while cutting. For accuracy, measure the distance to be engraved on the fence using a tape measure. The lines you have drawn on the tile are likely to be washed away in the cutting process, so it is best not to rely on them.
Slowly move the tile through the cut. Be careful to stop at the end to avoid chipping the tile. You can and will need your fingers to be closer to the blade with a table saw. Mortar comes in either a premixed form or as a powder. Pre-mixed mortar is excellent when you don’t want the mix to dry quickly. It doesn’t always work as well or fast and is therefore not recommended for all applications. To tile our walls, we used pre-mixed tiles. In the shower, we used only the stuff that we made ourselves.