I went downstairs yesterday around 8:40am. I came up at 1pm for 10 minutes to eat lunch. I came up again around 8pm to clean up. It was a long day! Mark (Jen’s dad) and I spent the entire day laying tile on our shower surround in the basement. Except for grout, the shower is done…
More pictures of the process can be found here.
We bought our travertine stone tile at Bedrosians on clearance — less than $2/sq. ft. Jen found the accent pieces on clearance at Sutherlands about 4 months ago. Glad we finally got to use them. I borrowed a nice tile saw from a coworker. In fact, I picked the saw up the Saturday before Easter and then Jen got sick, so it’s been sitting in my garage since then. I used a square-notched trowel and spacers from an old boss who gave me a bunch of tile supplies before he moved to Tennessee.
One casualty of the project: my lower right leg. Right around 9am I was hauling the tile from the garage to my basement. I happened to drop a box of ten tiles (5 lbs. each, so 50 lbs. of rigid stone!) and my right leg “caught” the box. My shin IMMEDIATELY swelled up and hurt incredibly. But, because I want to keep my man card, I didn’t do anything about it until I jumped in the shower at 9:30pm. It’s pretty tender today.
I think I’m going to spend my holiday (Memorial Day) laying the radiant floor heating and self-leveling compound on the bathroom floor. Then I can lay tile on the floor and be done with it all!