Home Improvement

Tiling Our Small Bathroom Floor!

Our bathroom remodel in our NEW HOUSE is well underway now that we only have a few weeks until we move in (cue the panic)! A few weekends ago, I published a full demo video on my YouTube channel and today I’m spilling the details on the plans for this project as well as the process of tiling our small bathroom floor with large format tiles!

How To Tile A Small Bathroom

Want to see this project in action? Check it out on my YouTube channel (& make sure to subscribe)!

 

Missed the bathroom demo video? Check it out here!

 

Quick disclaimer before we jump on in – every floor and every project is different. I did SO MUCH research and talked to a whole bunch of pros before tackling this project. That being said, the methods I used may not work for your particular project, so please make sure to do your own research before starting your project!

That being said, let’s get started!

What I Used:

Tools
Tiling Trowel
Grout Float
Tile Saw
Angle Grinder & Diamond Cutting Disc
Mixing Paddle & Drill
Tape Measure
Grout Saw
Bucket
Sponge
Level

Materials

Subfloor Prep:
DITRA Membrane
Kerdi Band
Schluter All-Set

Tiling:
12 x 24 Black Porcelain Tile
(I Sourced Mine Locally – Find Similar Tile Here)
Schluter All-Set
Gray Grout
3/16″ Spacers
Tile Cleaner

The Steps:

1. First, I had to prep my subfloor. Dad and I did this by installing & leveling 3/4″ plywood over the top of the existing floor planks. I then installed my uncoupling membrane & Kerdi Band to prep for the tiles. I’m no pro at this step (this was my first time using this system, but Schluter’s videos on their YouTube channel came in handy during install)!

2. After letting the membrane dry, I spent the next afternoon running a dry layout of my tiles. Making sure to trim any tiles using my tile saw (or, my angle grinder for non-linear cuts like around the toilet flange).

3. Once I was happy with the layout, I attached the floor permanently using thin set & tile spaces. This was a messy process, so I made sure to keep a damp sponge around to clean up as I tiled.

4. After letting the floor dry, I used a grout saw to clean away any excess tile compound from in between the tiles and then grouted the tiles using my float. I used a damp sponge to wipe away the excess and later that night did another pass with a clean sponge.

5. Once the grout was dry, I used a tile cleaner to remove any excess grout haze.

And, after a few days, I was done!

This bathroom has been a labor of love, but it’s finally starting to come together and I’m so, so excited! 

If you’re as invested in this project as I am, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for video updates! In the meantime, don’t forget to Pin This post for later!

Until next time, friends!

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.

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2 COMMENTS

  • Adam

    Your the second person I’ve seen use the orange Schluter’s tile underlayment. How did you find the height of the floor (in contrast to the hall) when you finished? was it difficult to figure out? just curious of any difficulties with using underlay to be able to get a good idea of how height changes with the 2 layers of morter(under and over the underlay) + underlay + tile.
    The white grout on black tile is a tough one because it will show any blemishes more easily than like colors, so big cudo’s on filling the joints properly, you wouldn’t believe how many paid contractors I’ve seen butcher a decent tile job with not filling the joints properly.

  • YIGII

    The tiled floor in your bathroom looks great!

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