With the hardwoods in, I have a little more time to update you on what I have been up to these last few weeks! The main floor half bath is done except for the lighting and plumbing (I ordered the sconces and faucet last week so hopefully they get here soon!), and, I have to tell you, it looks fantastic! It looks even better than I imagined.
Here is a picture of the bathroom before I started renovations:
Half Bath Before
Check out that wallpaper! I hope I took a picture of the light fixture… hold on:
Light Fixture Before
I feel like I’m back in the 80′s!
Here’s what the bathroom looks like now…
Half Bath After
Half Bath Vanity After
Now I’m going to show you how to install this gorgeous floor:
Step 1: DEMO! Pull off all the trim, remove toilet and vanity (if you are replacing flooring under the vanity) and rip out the old flooring. Ours was hardwood (in a bathroom?!) which can be a pain to rip up. It was a fairly tedious task, but didn’t take too long because there wasn’t much to pull. Make sure you cut the seems between rooms! The hardwood from our bathroom was continued into the hallway. We were not going to replace the hallway floors yet, so cutting the seam was necessary.
Ripping Up Hardwood
Cutting the Seam
Step 2: Lay down cement board and screw to floor
Step 3: Dry-fit the pebble tile
Dry Fit Pebble Tile
Step 4: Apply thin layer of natural stone mortar in small sections and lay down pebble tile. Over cement board seams, lay down drywall tape before applying mortar. Continue over entire surface, making sure to press pebbles down gently to ensure strong adherence. With pebble tiles, there will be some places where you may have to remove some of the stones or add stones to blend well. Use a utility knife to cut out the stones. When inserting extra stones, apply a small amount of mortar to the back of the stone and press into gap.
Pebble Tile Before Grout
Step 5: Allow mortar to dry. Usually it will take 24-48 hours for the mortar to dry before you can walk on the pebble, or continue the process.
Step 6: Seal the pebbles. I used a giant car wash sponge to lightly apply 2 coats of sealant. There are several different kinds; I went with a matte finish because I wanted a more natural, earthy look to the floor.
Step 7: Apply grout.
Step 7: Usually the package of grout will have you wait about 30 minutes before starting to sponge off the grout. The better you are able to scrape of the grout when you are applying it, the easier it will be to clean off. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of this! After a couple rinses with a damp sponge, use cheesecloth to get the haze off the pebbles.
Step 8: After allowing the grout to dry (48-72 hrs) it is time to seal one more time!
Step 9: After allowing the sealant to dry (6 hrs or so) you can reinstall the toilet and vanity. Make sure the toilet is level!