2.25.2013

The Fucking Tile is Finally Done

I say that because our last day of tiling involved me getting really pissed off twice and leaving Chris to fend for himself. That tile is a bitch I tell you. I'm also 7 months pregnant and don't like getting up and down over and over and over again. So sue me.

Yesterday morning we started here


With the goal of not having to rip off half the tiles midway through tiling like last time we set up the tiles in two ways on the top of the curb: running horizontal and running vertical



It was a good thing we did that because Chris and I had intended on running them vertically (how they are in the 2nd pic above), but upon laying them out horizontally we liked the look a lot better. Hooray for preparing properly! After we decided to run them horizontally we thought having the seam in the middle would look best instead of one full piece and one really tiny sliver. So Chris figured out center and I went out to cut a bunch of tiles down and then we did a dry run to make sure things fit


Then the thinset got spread out and Chris was hard at work


We got to the corner and thought the best way to deal with the turn was to just connect corner to corner




We did a fair amount of measuring for the middle section to figure out how to line up the tiles to make sure we didn't have some lame little stub piece on either end


And when we thought we had it we continued the tiling


But apparently we completely mis-measured because by the time we got to the other corner we were left with a teeny tiny itty bitty stupid fucking stub piece. I thought I wasn't having annoying pregnancy mood swings, but for some reason that stupid stub piece sent me into a tizzy and I got so pissed. I stalked out of the bathroom and went into my office and did day job work (one of the benefits of working for yourself = making money on the weekend when house projects really piss you off) while Chris resumed tiling. He got the third side of the curb all done while I sulked in the other room. He did a wonderful job, but I still can't look at that corner and not get pissed off


I hope the framing for our glass enclosure covers that stupid fucking triangle.

After my freak out was over I came back to help Chris with the inside of the curb



But again, only about 30 minutes in there was another mis-measurement, or actually not measuring at all and just hoping it turned out okay, and we were left with another stub piece in one of the inside corners. Damnit! Again, apparently now needing anger management pregnant Meryl had another freak out and I resumed day job work in my office. Seriously, I don't know what the hell came over me, but those tiles were really fucking pissing me off. And I wasn't even the one crouched down in all the weird positions to lay the tile like Chris had to be, I was merely going in and out cutting tile down, but something about it completely set me off. Because Chris is the awesome person that he is, he took the tile out from the inside edge where we had the non-measurement mistake and evened things out so we didn't end up with a little tiny stub piece. He's awesome that guy.

So at the end of about 3 1/2 hours with little help from raging Meryl, Chris finished the curb





And THAT my friends, is the end of tiling. THANK YOU GOD.

Now it's on to grouting. And hopefully I can keep my shit together from now on.

9 comments:

Heather said...

I would have lost it too. But you know what? It looks freaking PHENOMENAL. Home stretch, baby!

priscilla said...

I love that you curse! Makes me laugh when I read your posts.
It looks great.

Deb said...

Any 7 month pregnant woman would be PISSED as well! And...I'll bet the frame will cover it - no worries.

Sarah @ St. Paul Haus said...

ROUNDING THIRD! Omg that looks amazing! I feel bad that your misfortune made is laugh out loud... I have been there. You will appreciate it more given that it took a lot of time and effort. P.s. you got my vote for that remodel award thingy you are nominated for.

Sarah @ St. Paul Haus said...

Oh, are you using grout or caulk where the curb meets the walls?

aptpupil said...

I decided to caulk it. Originally I was going to, but then I ran out of caulk just as I was finishing the last corner in the room and rationalized not spending $7 on more grout-matching caulk by saying that the urethane grout that's going on the curb is flexible. In the end, though, I forgot to caulk around the medicine cabinet so it turns out that I needed to get more caulking anyway.
Long story short - caulking it, but I think the urethane grout would have been fine as well. Cementitious grout would have cracked, but that was never in the plans.

meryl rose said...

Thanks so much for all your encouragement AND laughter. It's funny now. I admit. :) Stupid tile :)

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

OMG, I would've shit myself. I have to say that the little wee piece looks very straight and perfect, though! I'm so glad you were able to finish it, that is going to be one hot shower. (No pun intended...ha)

meryl rose said...

I basically did shit myself, ha! :)