Looking for a DIY tile solution for your bathroom floor? We recently had so much fun redoing the tile in one of our bathrooms, and it all came together in just one day!
DIY Home Projects
Raise your hand if you’re in DIY mode at home lately?! I’m right there with you sister! With more time being spent at home, it’s definitely giving us the perfect opportunity to tackle some more of the DIY home projects on our list. Recently, we worked on redoing the tile flooring in one of our bathrooms, and I was so excited to share the final reveal with you! I can’t believe how simple this project was to tackle.
Mid-Century Modern Home
It’s been a while since we’ve chatted about it, but if you remember, in 2017 Andy and I bought our house — but at the time we went all in on a total fixer-upper! We knew it was going to be a ton of work, but it’s exactly what we wanted. And along the way, we’ve had so much fun creating the ideal space for our family! It’s been a long process as we redid the kitchen, we decorated the living room, put together Charlie’s coastal beach bedroom, Claire’s pink bedroom, and my pink gingham office. We even painted the whole house! One of the next projects we wanted to do was redoing the bathroom tile. The previous floor was VCT tile, which we found wasn’t completely suitable for a bathroom since it’s not totally waterproof, so it was time for a change. Now, we finally knocked that out of the park after hearing about The Home Depot’s new QuicTile by Daltile!
Bathroom Floor Tiles
This new tiling option from The Home Depot is a total game-changer. Especially right now, it was so easy to tackle at home, as we were able to order everything we needed to complete the project without even leaving the house thanks to the online delivery option. QuicTile by Daltile is a new product totally exclusive to The Home Depot, and it is such a major time and money saver! It’s super DIY-friendly, and you can re-tile a room in your home without any demolition work or disruption! The new product from DalTile requires just three easy steps, creates no mess, and it’s up to 30 percent less expensive than redoing a floor the traditional way. Talk about a DIY home game-changer!
How to Tile a Floor
To redo the floor, Andy got to work with seven cases of the QuicTile by Daltile Locking Flooring in Tower White Matte Porcelain, one bucket of QuicTile by Daltile Grout, the QuicTile by Daltile Underlayment, Underlayment Tape, and a Flooring Installation Kit. I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was to order everything online to have it shipped to our door, and all of the materials were low cost! This was such a great way to save both time and money on the project. And I’m absolutely in love with the look of the white matte!
To get the project started, Andy took out the toilet and the baseboards to be sure nothing was in the way for the install. Then, he made sure the subfloor was totally level and smooth, using floor patch to get everything all set. Then, he put down the QuicPrep Underlayment to get ready for the tile installation!
Installing Tile Flooring
To start tiling, Andy measured the width of the room and divided it by the width of the tile to get the right fit. He needed to make sure there was more than 3” of tile on the finished side of the floor. Luckily, there was over 6” left for the last row, so he didn’t need to cut down the first row. Next, with a Chalk Reel we made sure the longest wall was straight. It is important to make sure you lay the first row of tile straight to ensure the entire floor will come out square! Once we were all set, we started in the far corner and put down the first tile. We wanted to make sure we used spacers to maintain a ¼” gap between the tile and the wall, and the floor installation kit included everything we needed — spacers, a tapping block, and a pull bar to aid installation.
We had to cut out an area from the first tile for the toilet flange. We first traced out the area and used an Angle Grinder with a Diamond Blade to make a circular cut to allow for the flange. We also had to cut an adjacent tile that ran along the other side of the flange. We decided to go with a 50% offset pattern and installed the tile from left to right in a diagonal direction for the first three rows to create a firm and straight foundation for the rest of the tile.
Using a Tile Cutter made it SO easy to make straight cuts. For corner cuts, we used an angle grinder, but we learned our lesson, realizing that renting a wet tile saw would have made it so much easier!
Once the tile was installed all we had left to do was grout. We used QuicTile by Daltile Grout and chose the “Mist” color option. I was shocked at how easy it was! We used a margin trowel to scoop out baseball sized clumps of grout and worked on 3-foot sections since the grout is quick-drying. We used a Grout Float to push the grout into the 1/8″ gaps and a Microfiber Sponge to clean up any excess grout that remained on the floor.
For the space in between the walls and tub, we used 100% Silicone Caulk to close the gaps since it’s a lot more flexible than grout and allows for movement.
The grout dries after 24 hours and cures after 3 days. Once the grout completely cured, we applied a sealer to protect the tile from stains. Once the tile was in, we re-installed the baseboards and did some touch-up painting.
The last step was to re-install the toilet. The tile and underlayment had raised the original floor and the previous copper toilet flange was now below the flooring. Since it’s important that your flange is roughly 1/4″ above the floor to ensure a proper seal with the Wax ring to prevent any leakage, we purchased and installed this Toilet Flange Extender Kit to fix this problem.
Bathroom Tile Project
This was such a huge undertaking that we had been wanting to do for a long time, but once we discovered the QuicTile by Daltile option, we were confident in tackling it ourselves! It took some planning and the right tools from The Home Depot, but I still can’t get over how easy laying the tile actually was! Do you have any home renovation projects you’re hoping to tackle? Are you going the DIY route? I’d love to hear about your plans in the comments below!
This post was sponsored by The Home Depot, but all opinions are my own.