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laying out floor tile

July 1, 2009

We chose black and white 1″ hexagonal tile for our new bathroom floor.  I was really inspired by these bathroom floors (and this one) – I especially loved the flower and dot designs.  So I laid the white tile out on the floor and used painter’s tape to mark off a pattern.

And then Jason came home and wrinkled his nose, claiming this pattern was too “ornate” and “flowery” – so it was back to the drawing board.  Because home renovation is all about compromise, right?

In the end, we settled on a double dot pattern that borders the edge of the bathroom.  Once again, I laid out the pattern in painter’s tape, and then began cutting out the spots where the black tiles would be inserted.

Once the entire bathroom was laid out, we (the contractor we hired to teach me how to do all of this and I) laid the tile, inserting the black hex tiles last.  Here’s a glimpse of the pattern pre-grout.  I love how the pattern turned out!  Yay for compromise!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2011 7:33 pm

    Howdy! Did you use quickset or otherwise cement the white tiles before you started cutting out the holes for the black tiles? Or did you lay the whole thing out and then pick up individual sections for cementing? Thanks!

    • August 27, 2011 10:40 pm

      We laid out everything to see how it would look without cementing it. So the holes were cut into the tile sheets before actually sticking the sheets to the floor. Then, we used mastic to hold it to the floor, starting with the parts at the door (the most often seen parts!) and working our way back to the corner where the toilet was.

      Hope this helps!!

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