It's time, time to tile the walls. Hooray! I say hooray because I didn't do ONE BIT OF TILING on Day 1, so that made me a happy camper :) Chris tiled away while I painted trim, patched holes in Cashew's room, bought more grout for the shower floor and completed other little tasks here and there. After tiling the walls in the main bathroom, I was really not looking forward to tiling this room (despite deciding to tile further up on the walls - 5ft this time instead of 3), so when Chris suggested I do something else while he tiled (probably because he didn't want me throwing anything), I was quite pleased. I got to come in and marvel at his handiwork from time to time which was very exciting :)
Tiling this beveled subway tile went quicker than tiling the glass subway tile in the main bathroom because the glass is manufactured and cut as completely flat so if a corner sticks out a teeny, tiny bit you can feel and see the difference and it looks like shit. The beveled tile allows for a small difference without being noticeable, so you don't have to spend 10 minutes per tile making sure it's flush and flat with all the others around it. As a result, Chris moved up the wall fairly quickly
It wasn't all fun and games however because shortly after this picture was taken, things took a turn for the not so pretty (and you can see in Chris' face that he wasn't super thrilled already). The shower floor had a small dip in it in the center (the two corners were just slightly higher), and that resulted in a dip in the center of the beveled subway tiles as Chris moved his way up the wall. He tried to make up the difference bit by bit over each row, but it just wasn't working out. So there was some cussing, some frustration and some tiles (well, all the tiles) removed from the wall. And then Chris started over
And he used white thinset the second time just because it's less noticeable if it squishes just slightly in between each tile.
Once Chris got the dip figured out, he motored up the wall
After getting a little ways up the first wall, he moved over to the second
He got pretty far up that second wall, but when the thinset ran out, instead of mixing up another batch (it was about 4:30 or so) we decided to finish up the shower floor grout
Now the shower floor is officially done. And it's beautiful
And the shower walls?
Not too bad for day 1! Especially considering the first 2 hours were trial and error and then redo.
I love the beveled tile. It adds just a little bit of emphasis and personality without being too noticeable. It gives the perfect hint. And the great thing is that once Chris got the hang of it, it went up pretty quickly, so hopefully we can get it up faster than anticipated (I anticipated A LONG time). Because after that, it's really just the finishing touches (glass enclosure, toilet installed, sink installed, etc.) We can't quite see the finish line, but I think I can smell it.