I love tiling. There I said it. I’m not afraid to admit it. This is the part of the reno that I enjoy… until it gets to the hard bits. The bathroom is small and does not get a lot of natural light so I decided to stick with lighter colours to reflect back as much light as possible. I had lusted after small grey hexagon marble tiles I had seen used in the States many moons ago but I just couldn’t afford them. (Check out my tile tip under Tips & Tricks!)

Instead I went completely off my own brief and chose what was a relatively new product back then – ceramic “floor boards” for the floors. This was in keeping with the relaxed beachy feel I was going for in the house.

Bathroom reno

Only problem was, they were 90cm long and 10cm (100mil) thick so my manual tile cutter wasn’t going to cut the mustard. So I bought a tile cutter. Yes, a diamond blade wet tile cutter. It’s messy but I love it. It cut through the tiles perfectly and was less than $100. 

The floors didn’t take that long but the walls were another story. There were a few late nights on this one. 

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bathroom reno

Negotiating the window. (Milk crate becomes a hand stand)

bathroom reno

Almost there

As much as I love a dark grout between subway tiles, it would have been too much in this small space so I stuck with traditional white. 

bathroom reno site manager

Site manager Buddy on his morning tea break.

And once the plumber installed the toilet and bath there was call for bubbles of a different sort! Still lots to do including the shower screen and adapting the cabinet a bought into a vanity but hey, the hard yards were done.



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