Guest Bathroom Reno: Tiling the Floors

How about a round of applause for my hubby finishing tiling the guest bath?
It looks amazing.

But let’s start from the beginning. We are completely renovating our guest bathroom.

This is what it looked like when we moved in over a year ago…

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Then it underwent a “phase 1” makeover last year and was a big improvement:

Recently we decided to do a complete overhaul- read how that started here.
So we decided this was our inspiration tile.

Hexagon tile at by marciaSo sleek and classic. And we LOVE the dark grout.

They have this tile at our local Home Depot- it’s the Octagon and dot while tile by Daltile in 1′ sheets.

At $2.57 a square foot, it’s pretty awesome. So after getting our other supplies we got ready to tile. We decided to buy a wet tile saw this time (less than $100) because we know we will use it again. Our tiling abilities are improving and we have plans for our bathroom and laundry room!

The process was similar to our kitchen backsplash. You can get more details there but here is the basic process.

Supplies needed:

  • Tile (get about 10% more in case it’s needed for wrong cuts or broken pieces)
  • Thinset (we used pre-mixed)
  • Grout (we used the powder)- make sure you get the right kind (sanded/unsanded) for your grout spaces. Our color was Delorean Grey and we used unsanded grout since our spaces are small
  • Sealer ad-mix (saves a step!)
  • Spacers- we used 1/16″ between large tiles and 1/8″ between the small tiles
  • Grout caulk the color of your grout
  • Tile nippers (for cuts that don’t have to be super accurate)
  • Rubber grout float
  • Grout sponge
  • Notched trowel (appropriate size)
  • Cheesecloth or soft towel
  • Buckets
  • Grout mixing tool and drill
  • Optional: knee pads, wet tile saw (for precise and straight cuts)

1. We started by pulling off the vinyl and getting as much of the backing off as possible. Clean it as good as you can! We also removed the tile on the walls since we would be installing wainscoting including baseboards.


2. Determine your starting point. This is the most obvious corner in the room, which for us is the corner on the upper right.

3. Spread your thin set with a trowel and use the notched side to get off any excess and make sure it’s level. Lay the tile and press firmly, place spacers where needed.

4. After you have it all laid, let it set for at least 24 hours.

5. Mix grout. We opted to not buy the pre-mixed so that we could use a sealer ad-mix and skip that step at the end. If you do it that way make sure you read the instructions because you use less water in lieu of the grout sealer. That mixer attaches to a power drill. And even with this attachment it was hard to stir.

6. Grout. Using a rubber grout float spread the grout and make sure it gets into all the grout lines, scraping off as much excess as you can. Do about 2 square feet at a time to make it easiest.

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7. Wipe down grout. Use a damp grout sponge to get off all the excess. This makes your grout lines look much prettier!

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8. Buff. Use a cheesecloth or soft cloth to buff out the haze the grout can leave.

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And then it looks amazing.


I love the classic design and modern dark grout. It’s not as dark as the inspiration photo- that must have been black. However we really like the mid-tone grey. It’s very different and still gives a great contrast!

Total this project cost us about $200 including all the supplies (but not including the tile saw) and makes a huge difference! Not only is it gorgeous but it will be so much easier to clean!

What do you think of our new tile? Have you ever tiled your bathroom? Have any new flooring plans?

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9 thoughts on “Guest Bathroom Reno: Tiling the Floors

  1. You two are bold! Tackling a job like this is not for the faint decorator at heart! Good investment and can’t wait to see the final project!

  2. Hi! Are you still loving the floors? We are considering the white on white Octagon and Dot tile for our girls’ bath with a light gray tile, but I’m a bit concernes about keeping the white floor clean over time. How has it held up?

  3. Beautiful job! We are going to do a small bathroom with the same tile. About how many spacers did you actually use since they are on the mesh? From your picture it looks like you used them mainly between sheets, not every individual tile. Thanks!

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