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Grouting Tile and Installing Toilet and Vanity

By One House One Couple on Feb 29, 2012

Okay, now we’re back to the master bathroom.

After Kyle was officially done laying the tiles on the main floor part of the bathroom, I grouted the tiles.

Laying the tiles is the hard part. Grouting is the easy part (except you can get a blister on your hand from doing it, like me).

You need to get some grout:

*photo from homedepot.com

You need to get what’s called a grout float which has a rubbery foam type surface:

*photo from homedepot.com

You mix the grout as instructed on the bag. Then you smoosh the grout into the cracks at a diagonal angle, then I usually try to smoosh more going the other diagonal direction just to make sure the grout really fills the cracks all the way. So make sure you go in every diagonal direction when smooshing the grout in. Here’s my cheesy drawing to help explain:

You don’t want space underneath any grout because then your grout could crack and fall down in the crack. You could always add more grout if that ever happened, but it’s best to do it right the first time because wet grout won’t adhere as well to dry grout, so really smoosh it all in good.

After smooshing the grout in the cracks, you take a big smooth yellow grout sponge:

*photo from homedepot.com

Gently wipe the surface of the tile so the grout is about level with the tile (it’s okay if the grout is a teeny tiny bit recessed below the tile, but just a teeny tiny bit). The tile will be foggy from the grout, but don’t worry about that until you’re completely done grouting and the grout has dried. After the grout has dried, then you can clean the foggy looking tiles with a clean grout sponge.

After your grout has dried (read the directions to know how long it takes for the grout to dry) you should spray grout sealer on the grout lines. You let it soak into the grout for a couple minutes, then wipe it down. Then I would wait a day (after the grout sealer has dried) and spray some more grout sealer again and wait a couple minutes, then wipe it down. Two coats of the grout sealer should be enough, but you can always do a third for good luck. This keeps your grout from absorbing any stains, so your tile floor will look newer longer.

*photo from homedepot.com

After the floor was done, we Kyle installed the vanity cabinet…
bathroom vanity cabinet

Then the vanity top (counter) and faucet…
bathroom vanity top and faucet

Then the toilet…

Then the toilet tank…

Tadah!

I already installed the new light fixture a while back. I had to move the hole/wires about 3/4 an inch over so that the light fixture would be more centered over the new vanity.

I didn’t personally want the oak look in the vanity cabinet, but they ran out or didn’t have (don’t remember) the dark espresso color that I would have preferred. But at least it’s new and clean.

So here’s the before of this angle:

And here’s the after of this angle:

Now here’s what we have left for the master bathroom:

  • Put up the toilet paper holder
  • Put up a mirror
  • Put floor moulding around the bathroom floor
  • Put trim around the window
  • Tile the shower
  • Grout the shower
  • Install the shower head and shower controls
  • Install shower doors
  • Change the doorknob on the bathroom door (way later, when we decided to change all the knobs in the entire house to match each other)

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about the master bathroom redo so far!

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