At the end of the last video, your intrepid DIY tile setters were sweating and strained in the last moments of tiling around a tiny window ledge in our shower.
If you like dramatic tension, or tunes that remind you of Luscious Jackson, you'll want to watch the video AGAIN, because when it comes to laying tile, you just have to do it.
|The Tile Miracle|
LezRenovator #2: "yeah, it's fine. We'll figure something out when we get to the window."
As we got closer to the window, we realized that we had not "mathed it out" quite right: we had about 1/2 inch of space to make up. We thought of putting a thin trim piece, but an hour in the tile store & we found nothing to our liking that said "Peachland beach" without being too seashelly.
As tempers were getting hotter and a PDA (public display of aggravation) was imminent, Doug the Tile Guru at Lower Mainland Ceramic Tile had an Aha! moment and ducked into his secret second storeroom. After a few minutes of clanking about, he produced a Minor Tile Miracle: edging pieces, typically used on a counter edge. Hurray! Perfect to tile around our tiny window in the shower, hide the 1/2 and save us a huge headache.
Of course we had not measured, so we had no idea how many pieces we would need. Mr Tile Miracle let us take the whole box, counting how many we used and paying him on Monday. Have I mentioned how much I love local business owners who go the extra tile (ha ha) for their customer??
Total project cost: $438.82
- about $200 in tools (diamond blade for the grinder & the tile cutter)
- tiles & grout (including the extra tiles we kept in case we need to make repairs later - they will be of the same production lot and therefore seamless in color)
- edging and wall-specific mortar
Total labour: at least 100-125 lezrenovator hours
Doug's quotable quotes:
"Well, my guy probably could have done it in 8 hours, for about $500 plus material. But good for you! You'll be a lot faster next time."
Yeah, next time, right LL? Tiling is messy, time-consuming, and in our case, was full of surprises.
Must say, we did a good job and really appreciated getting to know the folks at Lower Mainland Ceramic Tile. The advice about techniques, and material was so helpful and kind. Which is good because we needed that relationship once we got to tiling the floor.... Sigh. See it all in the next episode.
How about you? Have you tiled a shower or kitchen counter or a floor? If you need a tile cutter you can borrow ours. If you need advice, you can borrow our expert, Doug!