Subway Tile DIY {Bathroom Part 2}

Looking For Part 1? Go HERE

For ya'll to appreciate our efforts, let me give you a quick BEFORE tour....
   This is what we saw {and smelled} our second time coming to look at this house.. we were trying to decide if we REALLY wanted to take on such an enormous re-model.
Don't ya just love the raw particle board shelving unit wedged between the toilet and tub? It was SO gross, stains and spills all over it! 
I don't know HOW the toilet even worked, it had cracks all over it and it was sinking through the floor. 
And the TUB SO gross, I wish I would have taken a picture of the inside, but then some of you wouldn't have been able to eat for days! You can see all the mold on the window and in the tile touching the tub... I have gone thru a lot of bleach in this house, before the house was even ours, I was spraying everything down with Lysol and Bleach LOL!!

Finally the house was ours, and we started tearing EVERYTHING apart immediately!
Our original plan DID NOT include tearing down all the walls, they seemed to be in great shape. All we were going to do was replace all the fixtures, {new Sink, Toilet, & Tub} unfortunately when we tore out the tub we found LOTS of mold. We thought it would be wise not to leave any other 'secrets' behind the walls. so they all came down {to our benefit, I might add}

New sheetrock for a tiny bathroom like this was very affordable, and we made sure to buy green board. Tearing out the walls gave us total plumbing access, so we swapped out the old plumbing for PEX {Super Cheap}
YES, that is a sink upside down in the tub... It was my dream sink, unfortunately we could NOT get it to work in this bathroom.. but I will save it for the next one! 
Go HERE to read about the other sink we found and for after pics of the bathroom cabinet.

OK let's get down to PART 2 and finish up with the Grout!
1. You can't grout without a rubber float, so make sure you have one, I took a close up pic of the label just in case. 
You will need a sponge to clean your tile really well after you get the grout on AND when you start sealing the grout
{the level inched it's way into this pic somehow, but you will need it when you are laying the tile}

2. Grout, a pretty obvious component.. Grout comes in MANY different colors, so pick the one you think will go with your tile and decor the best. 
I picked DELOREAN GRAY #165. At first I wanted a dark grey, but then I saw this.. How could I resist a color that reminded me of my favorite movie 'Back to the Future'? HA HA Anyway I really liked the lighter grey, and now that it is all done, I am LOVING it!

3. Grout Sealer.. We My husband bought a couple others before we got this one. I told him to look up their ratings online. When he finally did, we returned them and asked an associate what his favorite sealer was and he recommended this one. We have been happy with it so far, and it had great ratings online.

4. More Calk {Same brand as Grout}.. I don't know if you can see it or not, but it is also DELOREAN GREY. Use this to do a final bead around the edge of the tub where it meets the tile {pictured below} and around your faucet fixtures.

1. Make sure your tub is protected! Throughout the WHOLE process!
Since my hubs use to be a professional painter, we have this nifty masking tool {picture #2} So we masked the edges of the tub so the grout lines would be straight.. I recommend this, even if you just have to use some thick tape.
You can get a masking tool at any paint store

3. Follow the mixing directions on the bag of Grout and get started! Scoop some up on your float and press it into every nook, cranny, and joint!

4. Take an Ibuprofen when you start, cuz man o man your arms & shoulders get sore and tired quick! I gave my hubs a lil break, it really is pretty easy. We had it grouted in 2 hours.

CLEAN AS YOU GO!! Have a wet sponge handy, after an area has set for about 15 minutes, wipe it down really well. 
As you can see there are 2 buckets in the tub with me, one has the grout, and the other has clean water so I can constantly rinse my sponge. 
After it is all wiped down and looks pretty clean, go over the tile again really good with a soft rag until there is no more grout residue. Let the grout cure 48 to 72 hours depending on the brand, before you can start sealing.

Sealing the grout looks exactly like cleaning the grout! Use a smaller sponge or you will waste a lot! Also have lots of soft rags that your are willing to throw out.
Wipe the sealer over the grout and tile, paying special attention working it into the grout. As you go, wipe off your tile with soft rags, if you don't you will see clear drips on your tile.
DO 2 coats, one right after the other. To completely seal the grout only took about an hour. Then let it cure for 48 to 72 hours.

Caulk your edges {AGAIN}.. Run a bead of caulk around the perimeter of the tub, then smooth it out with your finger being careful to wipe off excess often. Let dry for a few hours.

WOW! DONE! Install your tub fixtures and shower curtain and you are good to go get your clean on!!
*We were able to install most of the fixtures ourselves with no problems, But because I wanted a fancy spout our neighbor had to come help us a bit.

*We use PPG Porter Paint, color is Martha Stewart Seaglass
I had to include this lil cabinet. I had been looking for more storage for this lil bathroom, but I knew with the awkward measurements and tight spaces I would have to have something custom built... 
Well I went to an antique auction just up the street from my house, and this lil gal came up, I bid $20.00 and I got it!! 
I had NO clue if it would even fit, but it does!! PERFECTLY!! 
The only thing I did to it was clean it! {which is NOT like me, but I didn't think it needed changing... yet}


If you have ANY questions about how to lay tile, or remodeling, or makovering.. let me know, I am glad to help! 
Click around to see our remodeling journey in rest of the house!!
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everydaygiggles said...

I absolutely {love} the new look!! All of your hard word has paid off. You have a fabulous bathroom. If I were you, I'd enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub with lots of bubbles, a glass of wine, and a magazine/book.

mwimp said...

ok i just wanna hire you and your hubster to come and do our bathroom for us! it is so amazing - again i just luv every little thing about it!

Toodie said...

Totally awesome transformation! I love all the little details!

April@ Natural Nester said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! You did a fantastic job and I love your style! I'm here from TT&J, but I'm going to look around your blog some more...looks like your style is right up my alley! :)

Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} said...

It turned out beautiful! I love the splash of blue tile you mixed in as well. Great job.

Cristy @ menemini said...

It's just gorgeous! I love the details on the tub surround and window! Your before pictures are reminiscent of some of our before's (but not quite as gnarly)
Now following you! I'd love for you to come check out mine, too.

Maury Kilgo said...

Oh wow, this looks amazing! I love the accent tile around the window! I can't believe how much you've gotten done. Can you come to my house next?

Carolyn said...

I love it! What an amazing transformation.

{my simple messterpiece}

alaskan hobbs family said...

Looks Awesome!! When are you comming to visit and do my house :)

Tiki said...

oh my gosh!!!!! I want your bathroom!! This is a perfect example of hard work pays off!! Fantabulous job!!

Emily said...

I love it!! Doesn't every room need a chandelier?? Unfortunately, my husband doesn't agree. HA!

I am back to look around again! :)

Michelle Johnnie said...

What's not to love in your bathroom? that color is gorgeous and I love the tile, side of your tub and sink! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blgospot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

My name is Rita said...

Oh My!! What a beautiful transformation. You are so brave to tackle it. The before pictures scare me LOL.

Jill said...

Wow. This looks just like what me and the BF need to do! I'm so inspired by how your bathroom turned out. I will be pinning this so that when we reno I can reference it easily!

Take a look at what we're re-doing (the first 5 pics are of the bathroom!!)

Miss Charming said...

That shelving monstrosity was really something. Love what you did with the tile. (Newest follower)

Katie said...

My bathroom is laid out this same way, its hard to decide what to do with such a small space. What you did looks great! Love the tile! I am doing my bathroom at the end of the month, Can't wait!!

Amanda Cogdill said...

How beautiful. Thats a job well done!

Daffodil Hill said...

Absolutely gorgeous! You are SO talented!

Karen said...

That is an amazing transformation, wow. I've got a bathroom to redo and your tips are a great help. Thanks for sharing.

jackie jade said...

So so pretty! I love the gray grout and the wall color. Nice to see a makeover of a standard sized bathroom. My bathroom is even smaller and can't wait to give it an update!

PS - just found your blog and it's super cute, nice work!

Debbiedoo's said...

Man girl this is fantastic! WHat an awesome job you did. Thanks so much for sharing at my party.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Beautiful job! Your bathroom looks fantastic now.


Flourchild said...

That is darn cute ...I love the colors you chose!

Jacque n Matt Knowlton said...

Love the color choices!!!
-Jacque @theDIYvillage

Pamela5657 said...

Great job and such an inspiration! Tell me - do you have plexiglass or anything over the window or is it just "the window"? Thank you! PamelaRiordan@yahoo.com

maruf hosen said...

Looks Awesome!! When are you comming to visit and do my house
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