Tile in Shower

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…

Before

After

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!

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9 thoughts on “Tile in Shower

  1. Wow! I am impressed. I am especially impressed with What Mark has done to help. I am worthless when it comes to such things as tile. The job looks great in picture and I can’t wait to see it in person.

    Jen and Jess are going to be so happy with the job that I wouldn’t be suprised to see the kids sleep upstairs and them go downstairs.

    Good job and many successfull others in the future.

    Dad Clark

  2. “OLD boss” ????
    I’m not that old. How about “former boss?”

    Mark has done a nice job. You are one lucky son in law.

  3. Mark has been a big help during this construction process. In some cases, I’ve needed his physical help. But in the case of the tile, I just needed him here providing some moral support and the arm of experience. He made my cuts for me, but I did all the tile work myself under his watchful eye.

  4. Lookin’ good! You’re getting closer and closer. One of these days you will be all done and you will feel very proud of yourself.

  5. It looks amazing! Great job! And I like the tile choice. What a deal for under $2 a tile too! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    Oh- and I hope your leg heals!

  6. The tile looks so good. I’m so glad you kept your “man card” and toughed it out the whole day. You can now officially come work on the ranch.

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