Remodeling your bathroom is one of the great ways to increase the equity in your home. When it comes to choosing what type of flooring to install, there are many different styles to choose from. Linoleum, tile, and marble are just a few of the most popular choices out there. With a little research and know-how, you will be able to install your bathroom floor all by yourself.
There are many ways in which you can decorate your bathroom. One of the most important is the type of floor that you have and how it looks. The majority of us will use tiles on the floor that are can handle water falling on it and sitting on it without any extensive damage to it.
The one downside to this is that it does not always slip resistant so when there is water on it, you might fall. However, this can be easily remedied through the use of bathroom area rugs that sit around the tub, shower, and toilet.
There are many different patterns that you can use to decorate your bathroom floor. The most common are to create a design that uses one simple color on the entire floor. Obviously, this is not much of a pattern and is the easiest to lay down. Just make sure to use light colors because darker colors will cause the room look and feel smaller.
When trying to use various colors and a set pattern the best way to make sure it translates into your floors correctly is to use graph paper. Each figure is designated as a tile and should be shaded in with the appropriate color. Any white tiles should be left blank to show what these are for.
Lay down the graph paper of the bathroom floor design on the ground and transfer it. Now all you have to do is fill it in. This will help to make it easier for you and reduce the number of mistakes you might make.
If you want to install your floor yourself, tile is a great way to go. When I tiled my bathroom this was the guide I used. The tiles made with glaze chalk make a beautiful addition to any bathroom decor. Plus, the installation is rather simple when broken down into steps. Once you have picked out your favorite set of tiles painted with majolica glazes, the next thing you need to do is to clean the floor, or whatever surface you will be applying the tiles too. Any amount of dust, grit or dirt will hamper the adhesion of the tile to the subfloor. A shop vacuum does a quick chore out of this step. The next step is to simply lay out the tiles on the floor to get a good feel for how the result will look. Make sure that you play with the layout, so it looks pleasing to the eye. Once you have determined the location of one key title to begin your permanent placement, you can start mixing up the mortar. Make sure to do this job outside. The powder of the thin-set can create plenty of dust while the mortar is mixing. Once you have a good consistency, it is time to spread the mortar.
It is important that you remain patient and try to not lay too many tiles at one time. Only spread enough mortar to cover two to three square feet at a time. You don’t want to get ahead of yourself and have the mortar begin to set up before you get to it. Use a notched trowel to spread the mortar by holding it at a 45-degree angle. This will help to keep the mortar at an even thickness. After the mortar is in place, it is now time to Press the first tile into place. Carefully set the tiles on the mortar and apply as much pressure as possible without breaking the tiles and their beautifully painted liquid glazes pattern. If you find you need to cut some of the tiles into smaller pieces, renting a wet saw is a great option. After you have the entire floor laid, you will then need to lay the grout. When laying the grout, don’t be worried about getting it on the surface of the tile. It will buff off easy enough with a soft cloth.