I would say the biggest drawback about my condo when I bought it was the flooring in my two full bathrooms, linoleum (or as I like to call it, crapoleum). Even though that was the first thing I thought I would update after moving in, that project became the final big redo for my condo in 2009.
Several months ago, I set out to find the perfect tile for both bathrooms. To keep things simple (an consistent), I knew I wanted to do the same type of tile in both bathrooms. Like with most projects, I began my search online. Originally I wanted to get recycled glass, since I liked the imperfect look. But, after seeing it in person (and some good advice from The Tile Guy) I realized it wouldn’t be the best option for flooring. So, in just one afternoon at the tile shop I found the perfect glass tile: Arctic Matte 2×2 in. squares.
Finally, this past weekend my dad, uncle and I could all get together to get the tiling project done. The linoleum came off easily on Friday evening, so we could start setting tile early Saturday morning.
First thing in the morning was removing the toilets, which spent the day in my showers.
By lunch time we almost finished the first bathroom and figured out the best way to set and cut the glass tiles.
In the evening we had one bathroom set and were working on the second, everything on schedule. Unfortunately, the process hit a road bump. We were one tile short. Just one sheet. To be exact, only 22 2×2 tiles needed to finish (one sheet of tile has 36). Instead of giving up or throwing up our arms in disgust, we finished cutting all the tiles that needed to be trimmed and called it a night. The next day, my uncle grouted everything and we replaced the toilets and cleaned up.
Thanks to the great people at The Tile Guy, I ordered just one sheet of tile to finish up the job. In total, the redo cost me a little under $1000 (tile, grout, adhesive, beer and breakfast tacos to ‘pay’ the workers). I’ll share the final, final photos of both bathrooms next week! Below are a few from the master bathroom.