First Josh mixed the mortar, aka thinset, which adheres tile to vertical serfaces when applied directly to the wall and scraped with a special tool to create a texture for the tile to grab. We mixed 2.5 quarts water with 25 lbs of Flexbond, stirred the mixture for 5 minutes, then let it set for 5-10 min before applying to the wall in sections.
The natural slate floor tiles we picked up at the quarry a few weeks ago will cover the shower curb as well as the bathroom floor. We are still undecided on a tile for the shower floor. The shower enclosure will be two simple unframed sheets of glass, one with a door on a hinge.
My inspiration for the shower design came from the below photo found on decor pad. So far I think we're doing pretty well. No, we don't have the fancy, extra long subway tiles or recessed lighting inside the shower, but I've still got a few tricks up my sleeve that I think will make the space really nice. Have any of you ever built & tiled a shower from scratch? Any lessons learned or handy tips to share from your experience?
My bathroom project for today is sanding the chipping paint off the old bathroom radiator with a wire brush bit attached to a drill. When the metal surface is sufficiently smooth I'll repaint the whole thing with a heat resistant paint. Once the radiator is done we'll move on to painting the walls before finally tiling the floor and shower curb. So excited to be making tangible progress down in the basement!