The past two weeks we have been missing from blogland and buried up to our knees in mortar, grout and porcelain tiles.
Bill has been mixing mortar to the consistency of peanut butter with his handy homemade whip...it's an old towel bar that has been working wonders as it twirls around off the end of his battery operated drill. I love having a frugal yet 'wise guy' at my side.
We are replacing the bathroom, closet and laundry room floors.
Have you ever gone 2 days without a toilet? LOL! It's nice having one of the kids less than a quarter mile away with working facilities when you only have one bathroom. Crazy huh? The lifted tiles below is where the ' throne ' will return.
After mixing mortar, it gets spread on the floor in about a 3 sq. ft. section at a time. Open areas go so much faster. Next the mortar is scored with a ridged trowel, allowing the tile that has been buttered with more mud (mortar) on the back side, to adhere from the suction that the scoring lines have created...I know, confusing.. but that's how it works.
In between each tile in all directions, are little + shaped spacers that help keep the tiles equally spaced. At this point, the mortar has to dry, taking up to 24 hrs. That's when we cleaned up the buckets, trowels and sponges and WENT TO BED from pure exhaustion. We're finding out that-
we're not so young we think we is!
We are nearing the end of our second week of this project.
There are so many cuts to make and tiles to break~
then grouting between each tile and wait another 4 hrs. before walking on it again. We've eliminated one step by spending a bit more for grout that already has sealant in it...
I can't imagine getting back on my aching knees for another round of the entire 3 sections.
We were kidding ourselves when we thought this would be an easy job and we'd be done by Easter...it's become unreal for us oldie but definitely DIY'ers. As you look at the top of the next photo, you can see we aren't done yet. We have run out of mortar so the laundry has to wait until next Thurs. when we get back to Menards for a few more supplies, then out with the old and in with the new.
Besides, Papa needs new shoes!!!
This certainly has been an eye-opening experience.
It's one of those projects that, ' now that we know how to do it~
we will NEVER do it again!
Thanks for working along with us.
We enjoy your company!