Tile Shower Floor

We’ve got another master bathroom shower update for you. Here we are on July 18th, 2009. Kyle finally found some time to lay the tile for the shower floor. We used the same smaller tiles that we used for the little stripe across the walls of the shower.

First you lay out your tiles to see how they fit. You want it to be even on both sides (You don’t want to have to have a tiny sliver of tiles on one side of the showers. Even though it means more work, and you may have to cut tiles for both sides of the shower floor, it will look better in the end if it’s as even as possible on both sides, so you might want to take the extra time to do it if you know it might bother you later.

We had this dilemma because it turned out the drain was just about a half an inch off center, which made the tiles have about an inch space on one side. We decided we were okay with this because this problem would create 4 times the amount of shower cuts. So we did it the lazy way. In the end, it actually looked okay because the tiles are smaller. It is a lot more noticeable with big tiles. Also, because there are the border walls for the shower door framing, and also, once the shower doors go on, flaws like this won’t really stand out so much.

So in this picture, the tiles are just laying on the cement, they are not set with anything, and you can see the almost inch of space on the left side. So Kyle had to cut small pieces to fit that side. All the rest of the tiles fit perfectly around the drain and from front to back. The other space adjacent to the drain will have to be filled with weirdly cut tile shapes.

Once you’ve got it all figured out, then you can pick up the tiles and draw lines where your tiles are going to go:

Then you can slap down your mortar (one tile’s worth at a time) and lay your tiles. Make sure you have a trowel with the proper notch sizes and scrape the mortar at a 45 degree angle where you’re going to lay the tile.

Once you’re done you’ll have this:

When you’re done, it’s a good idea to wipe off all the extra mortar floating on top, and also scrape the cracks because if the mortar is in the way inside the cracks, it’s a lot harder to properly grout. We learned the hard way and didn’t scrape out the cracks while it was still wet. When it’s hardened, it’s a lot harder to scrape the mortar out of the cracks.

Kyle still needed to cut the weirdly shaped pieces to go around the drain, but we’re almost done at this point. You can see that he had also already finished tiling the shower door framing, which also has the smaller tiles.

Yay for almost having a new shower! Once Kyle cut and set the tiny pieces around the drain, I did the grouting, because, after all, that’s the woman’s job right? lol! So stay tuned!

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17 Responses to 'Tile Shower Floor'

  1. Adhriene says:

    I have never tried renovating or changing tiles at home and this is because I don’t know how to…Anyway, thanks for the awesome post here…
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    • Lisha says:

      Well, it not easy to change tiles. It’s a lot of work to demo the old tiles. It also takes precision to lay tiles well and evenly… You just have to take your time.


  2. Great job! So much hard work, well done. I’m sure you’ll cut the tile for the drain just perfect too. Hugs P.S. I hope you;ll join us for the hop tomorrow πŸ™‚
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    • Lisha says:

      Hi Katherine, Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚ Yeah I’ll come over and check out the hop tomorrow (not sure if I have something to qualify for, but we’ll see πŸ™‚ and thanks for Linky following πŸ™‚


  3. forgot to mention I am your newest linky follower πŸ™‚
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  4. I love the smaller tiles that you chose for the shower floor! It looks really good!
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  5. Tera Leigh says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Returning the Linky love, and liked you on FB! Love this shower project. I love doing mosaics, but somehow haven’t yet gotten the courage to tile! Someday!
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    • Lisha says:

      Hey Tera, thanks for coming over and showing the love! When we destroyed the tiles that were originally on the floor, I was thinking back on that and I should have done some sort of mosaic with all the broken pieces. But it probably wouldn’t have looked that great anyway because the tiles were boring… Tiling is not that scary if you really just make sure you take the time you need to do it right. And always measure twice, cut once πŸ˜‰


  6. Vicki says:

    Wow looks great! Love the tiles that you have chosen!
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  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower! I’m your newest follower now too!

    I love your tile work and the color choice is really nice! We’ve done small tile jobs, but nothing with the tiny ones.
    BethM@Under A Pile of Scrap! recently posted..End Table – 2nd in a seriesMy Profile

    • Lisha says:

      Hey Beth,

      thanks for coming on over to our little ol’ blog πŸ™‚ It’s kinda more fun to do the smaller tiles, and doing the backsplash in our kitchen was even more fun. Can’t wait to show you all that πŸ™‚


  8. Anne says:

    Thanks for the tips, they might come in handy for my bathroom reno!! Thanks so much for popping by my blog & leaving such a sweet comment – forgive me for being so late in thanking you, last week was CRAZY!

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    • Lisha says:

      Hey Anne, thanks for coming back over πŸ™‚ looking forward to your bathroom reno too πŸ™‚


  9. Is that just plain cement? We’re going to be redoing our shower soon but haven’t completed research on the shower pan. What did you guys use to make sure it’s water tight and durable?


    • Lisha says:

      Hi Bri, there are lots of steps to waterproof a tile shower… First Kyle put down cement. Then he put down shower liner (you can get it at home depot, or other similar store, just ask) it is big and gray and like a rubber sheet. Then he put another layer of cement. Then the mortar goes down and the tiles, then the grout. Hope this helps! πŸ™‚


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