It’s Week 2 of the One Room Challenge! I joined as a guest participant to give my bathroom a much needed makeover. Be sure to check out the other participants! I love seeing what everyone is doing. This past week, we were able to accomplish all of the hard work: the tile, installing the shiplap, and replacing the toilet.
I shared my plans for a Camp Wandawega/ Moonrise Kingdom inspired bathroom last week. Last week, I left off with the demo. I tried to plan out the order of projects to minimize the time without a toilet in here. We have another bathroom, but I don’t like sharing it. First tiling, then installing the shiplap and getting it painted, and then install the toilet.
Using Ditra for the Tile Installation
The tile install went so smoothly. We used schluter ditra as an underlayment because I read that it was really easy to use versus cement backer board. It was so worth the extra cost, because it really was easy to use. We used scissors to cut it to size and a utility knife around the toilet pipe and vent.We then removed it and spread a thin layer of unmodified mortar.
The ditra was replaced on top of the mortar. The best part was that there was no wait time for it to dry! I seriously love this stuff.
Before we could spread the mortar, we had to figure out the best placement for the tile. We used this tile suction cup to easily move tile around and play with the placement. It makes moving large, heavy tile easier to maneuver.
Another layer of mortar was spread and we laid the tile. We used 1/8″ spacers for small grout lines.
The tile is 12″ x 24“, which is such a great size for DIYers to handle. Large tile means fewer cuts and less grout. That means that your tile job gets done FAST. I learned from my last disastrous tile experience and worked in 10 minute sections before washing the grout off. Haze is easily removed with microfiber and vinegar. I’m also really like this grout scrub pad. It works really well on excess mortar as well!
We left a square undone around the toilet. It makes no sense to painstakingly cut tile into a circle when it’s not going to show. I showed a bit of the shiplap yesterday and explained a bit about my reasoning for green. I love the green so much. It really makes it feel special and it doesn’t look like every other house with shiplap.
The tile and the green together make my heart sing.
The toilet is so amazing. (Yes, I just said that a toilet is amazing… This bathroom reno has been a long time coming.) I love that there are no exposed pipes to collect grossness. We switched out the lid for a soft close lid. If you install this toilet, make sure you install the toilet lid before you install the toilet. Thank goodness for kids with tiny hands!!
Green Painted Shiplap
I still need to buy a new shiny vent, replace the vanity drawer, caulk everything, add the trim pieces, put the door back on, and stencil the wall above the shiplap. Okay, let’s not think about what’s still left to do and gaze upon the beautiful green paint.
I touched up the wall paint above the shiplap after I took these pictures. I can’t decide what color to paint the window trim and window. All of our windows are wood and I’ve been slowly updating them from being ivory to white. I’m thinking about painting the trim green and the window black.
We replaced the door trim with 1×4’s and painted it green. The door is currently a medium gray color and I’m trying to decide on whether to paint it green also.
So what do you think?
- Green door or leave it gray?
- Green trim with black window or white on white?
I’m getting closer to the fun part: the shopping.
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