Tile Decisions, Storage Cabinet Plans, and Progress

I haven’t finished as much in the bathroom in the last two days as you might expect, but keep in mind that I don’t work on Wednesdays. 🙂 But on Tuesday, I made progress with the bathroom floor tile.

I wasn’t fixed on what I wanted to do on the toilet floor. When I started tiling the floor, the plan was to use only a small 2 x 2 tile on the shower floor, and then use the large floor tile in the bathroom area.

But when I decided to use the small brushed brass Schluter strip as a separator between the large floor tile and the 2 x 2 shower floor tile, that threw a wrench into my plans. I know how expensive (necessary) symmetry is, so I can’t do a brushing step strip on the left side of the bathtub area (the bathtub goes in front of the mural), and don’t make a a strip on the right side of the bathtub.

For a while I considered making a transition strip on the right side and then continuing with a lot of toilet tiles, but that seemed unnecessary and unnecessary. The transition strip is only meaningful (I think) if there is a real floor transition used on either side of the transition strip.

So I went with the symmetry, including the transfer strip and the 2 x 2 floor tiles in the toilet area.

Here’s a look at both areas. I really like symmetry. My mind was relieved. ⁇

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If it was a tiling job that I could have done by starting at the back wall and coming out the door, it could be finished in a day.

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But if I did that, I would almost certainly be left with saw tiles on the exact transition line. And it was so important to me that I had whole tiles on both sides of that Schluter strip. That means I have to start with the row of tiles on the Schluter strip…

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And then work the rows vertically first, starting at the side wall.

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One so much I ended up with, I had to stop because that area was too crowded for me working on my knees, in addition to my 5-gallon bucket of mortar, in addition to my 2-gallon bucket of water. I ran out of room to maneuver without stepping on the tiles to work, and that wasn’t an option. So I had to stop and let go of these tiles so I could go back (now) and walk and kneel on the tiles to do the rest of the floor.

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It usually comes back to bite me when I say, “Now, I’m going to finish X, Y, and Z,” but I’ll go ahead and make a goal. By the end of the day, I wanted to put the remaining tile in the toilet installation, all the excess mortar cleaned out, and floated the shower floor. That’s the purpose, so let’s see how close I get.

There is a big way in which the shower and the toilet area cannot be symmetrical. You may have noticed on my “to do” list for this bathroom that one of the construction projects listed is to make cabinets in this bathroom area. (You can find my master’s “to do” lists for the bathroom and home gym here.) I decided on this design when I struggled repeatedly between having a window seat between two vanities, or filling that area with extra storage.

I finally decided that I really wanted a window seat, but I couldn’t sacrifice a lot of storage space without finding another place for storage. The toilet area is the perfect place. That’s a big area, and even if I lose 14 inches of depth to the back wall, it’s still big. So the cabinets go here …

These cabinets are not walnut like vanities. Since I want this area and the shower to be as symmetrical as possible, it will be painted white to blend in with the white wall tiles. So I’ll sacrifice perfect symmetry, but for a lot of storage in the area where a lot of space can go out, I think it’s useful especially if it means I can get a beautiful window seat the main part of the bathroom where it is important.

As a side note, I want to let everyone know that my hands were fine after tiling on Tuesday. I put coconut oil on my hands, and then put on two layers of disposable blue nitrile gloves from Home Depot, and it worked perfectly. The outer layer got some holes and tears (but not as many as I expected), but the inner layer remained completely untouched, so nothing got through my hands.

When I took off the glove at the end of the day, my hands were soaked in water and wrinkled like I was spending the whole day in a swimming pool, but that disappeared after an hour. And I prefer waterlogged ones to go back to normal in an hour instead of dry, cracked skin and sore, swollen hands that last a week to get back to normal. So double-gloving with disposable nitrile gloves for victory!

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