After the insulation inspection, John set up his tile saw outside and began cutting the hexagon mosaic floor tile from Daltile.
The QEP tile saw is basic; it’s not a professional saw by any stretch but it did the job. John bought it a couple of years ago for about $90.00. He calls it an “HO” tile saw…meaning “homeowner” tile saw. So for those of you that are handy and want to do a tile job in your house, this saw is adequate and won’t thin out your wallet. He bought it at Home Depot. A tile saw used by professional tilers cost about $700.00.
He did a dry fit so that he doesn’t have to rush when applying Versabond to the HardieBacker.
John did a good job cutting the Daltile; it fits perfectly in the guest bathroom. Of course, I love the black & white retro pattern; it’s exactly what we both wanted. This reminds me, I have to purchase bath towels now. I know I want black towels and then alternate with white. At Christmas, I’ll add a burst of color with cherry red towels. With the black & white tile, I’m not limited to any one color.
John cut the tile to fit around the toilet’s PVC pipe leaving room for the flange. Since he rarely does tiling, he took his time with the cutting phase; I think it turned out well. The wall-mounted sink will be on the right. To purchase Daltile Mosaic Hexagon tile, click here.
And then I opened up the box shipped to me with the Moen Weymouth One-handle High Arc faucet; it’s so pretty and so luxurious–what a treat!
I put the Moen faucet back to bed until the plumber arrives. To purchase, click here.
Next Step: Applying the Versabond to lay the tile followed by the grout.
Today, we went to Home Depot to look at grout colors. We chose charcoal grout which is the darkest gray, it’s almost black; we’ll also use it with the Daltile Rittenhouse Arctic Subway wall tile. The dark-colored grout will create contrast with the floor tile and will really make the white subway tile pop.
Since the guest bathroom square footage is fairly small, we chose Fusion Pro grout which is pre-mixed and does not require sealing. One quart should be enough for the floor. Since we want the floor finished sooner rather than later, this grout allows John to skip the sealing step.
Evan, the plumber, will come over on Friday or Monday to install the Kohler toilet, Duravit sink, Moen sink faucet and Moen showerhead. We’ll finally have a functional bathroom which is super exciting for us. We are so looking forward to the day that it will be fully operational. I think it calls for a celebration!