DIY Network: Our 4-Day Tiling Marathon

January 26, 2012   //  Posted in: Bathroom, DIY, HGTV + DIY Network Projects   //  By: Emily   //  6 responses

As you’ll read in this week’s bathroom renovation update on DIY Network, we spent all of days 5, 6, 7, and 8 covered in thin-set and installing tiles. Home improvement shows are clearly misleading, as I thought this part of the job might take 8-hours, tops. Boy, was I wrong.

Our first day looked something more like this:

Sorry that this video has mammoth black bars on the left and right, I’m a newbie when it comes to DIY videography and didn’t know that I’d have a problem with my portrait-positioned camera. Learning curve!

Tiling progress!

Remember to check in on DIY Network’s blog The Pegboard and read about the whole experience, beginning to end, with little how-to’s scattered in between.

If you missed the beginning of this bathroom renovation series, catch up for yourself by perusing these posts:

  1. A little video introduction and tour!
  2. An overview of the materials I’ve been purchasing! Because what DIY-crazed girl wouldn’t love tile shopping?
  3. And getting down and dirty with demolition!
  4. Training a beginner to repair a drain pipe and install a bathtub!
  5. Building custom shower shelving, and learning how to install HardiBacker.
  6. And learning more than I ever thought I’d know about shower valves and PEX.

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    7 years ago - Reply

    Great job! *clinks coffee mugs with you*

  • Wawa
    7 years ago - Reply

    I am so happy to hear that tiling took you multiple days. I’d started to think that MH and I were defective tilers or something with our 3 days for a shower surround.

    • Emily
      7 years ago -

      Three days! Rock on. I was so drained by the end of the first day that I thought the two end walls might take a week.

    • Wawa
      7 years ago -

      I guess I should add that those three days did not include grouting. Or cutting. We did a full dry-lay and pre-cut all of our tiles the week before because we were (rightly) paranoid about not having enough of the (discontinued) tile. And grouting took two days. Now that I think about it I’m back to thinking we’re just really slow.

    • Emily
      7 years ago -

      The cutting was definitely time consuming. We were way too nervous to cut pieces in advance! We literally went piece-by-piece.

  • kit @ DIYdiva
    7 years ago - Reply

    Love it! The tile is looking great. It’s one of those things I always underestimate as well… how long could it possibly take to just slap some tile up there? Oh… eternity.

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