Monday, June 3, 2013

Bathroom Remodel, Part 5 (A Quick Update)

I'm sure you've all been on the edge of your seats waiting for the next update on the bathroom remodel, right? I know, I know, it's super exciting.

Turns out this slate tiling process is, well, a process. After the tiles went down, the following had to happen:

1) Use a cleaner to remove any thinset residue from the tiles
2) Wait 3 days for the cleaner to dry
3) Realize it's way too humid in the bathroom for drying to happen in a reasonable amount of time, and purchase a dehumidifier
4) Apply 4 coats of sealer to the tiles before grouting (so that the grout can be wiped off easily)
5) Grout the subway shower tiles
6) Grout the floor tiles
7) Wait a day for the grout to dry before cleaning with soap and water
8) Wait 10 days (ten days people!) for the grout to completely set before we can use the grout cleaner to remove the filmy residue it leaves on the tiles
9) Wait for the grout cleaner to dry
10) Apply 3-4 more coats of slate sealer, waiting a day between each coat

You'd think it wouldn't take so long, but we're going on about a month just to finish the floor. Sheesh, maybe we are doing something wrong? If anyone out there is familiar with the natural slate tile installing process, I wouldn't mind hearing whether this is the norm, or if there's anything we can do to speed up the process for next time. The ten day wait for the grout to set is what really drags it on, and that's where we are right now.

While I don't have any super exciting before and after photos to share, I can share this:



  1. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Or something like that. I'm so excited to see more, but I'm sure that taking it slowly will keep your bathroom looking great for years and year and years!

  2. You’re so close to reaching your goal! Easy does it, Claire! I’ve followed your bathroom reno for quite a while, and I can definitely say that you’re getting there. It is going to take some time, though. You’re kinda doing a top-to-bottom renovation and from how it looked before the renovation started, it’s really going to take a lot of work.

    H Itzkowitz @ GrunerBrass

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