In this instructional video, Lowe’s goes over the steps to install a tile wall in your bathroom. You will want to first make sure you have all the tools to get started. I would recommend watching it first before starting the job. There may be something you didn’t think of needing beforehand. This video makes it look like an easy task to accomplish in just a couple of hours. It is also something that you can do yourself with no help. For me that is a good thing as I like to do a lot on my own. This is a very thorough video and I find it makes it look really easy for a project I might just try this weekend.
We’ve finished the part for our shower walls, and now we’re ready to tile. Don’t skip the prep if you want your shower tile to look good and last a long time. If you haven’t already, check out the previous video, How to Prep for Shower Wall Tile at Lowes.com/howto. This is part of a total bath remodel, so we also replaced our tub with a fiberglass shower base. We installed that first because we want our tile to overlap the base. We’ll cover the floors so it’s protected while we work on the walls. Now, we’re installing our tile in a running bond pattern. We actually start the installation at the second row up. That’s because the shower base might be uneven, and we might have to cut the tile to fit.
We’ll finish the bottom row last. I’m going to attach a straight board along my starting line. This will help keep the tile level and in place as I’m working. Now, for the thin set. Mix it according to the directions typically a paste-like or peanut butter consistency. Spread it along the guidelines in a small work area. Don’t cover too much. Then, with the notch side of the trough, comb over the thin set in one direction, and put the excess back in the bucket. Take a tile and gently press it onto the mortar lined up with your guides. Then, add the next piece using spacers.
When you get to a corner, you’ll probably need to cut the tile to fit. Just mark and cut. Finish the row and move up to the next one. It’s a good idea to periodically check that the tiles are level and straight. Take one off to see if the thin set is sticking. If not, use a larger notch trough. If you need to cut the tile to fit around plumbing, use nippers or a hole saw designed for tile. Continue setting the tile. For exposed edges, use bull-nose edged tile if available, or finish off the trim pieces. When you’ve installed all the tile, you can remove the support board. Then, install the bottom row.
Remember, you’ll most likely have to cut the pieces to fit and leave room for expansion. Keep placing tile until you’re done. After the thin set has dried for 24 hours, you’ll want to remove the spacers and get ready to grout. You’ll want to use a grout recommended by your tile manufacturer. Just mix enough following the directions to work in a small area. Apply the grout with a rubber float. Work it into the joints dragging the float in a diagonal motion. After about 10 minutes, wipe away the excess with a wet sponge, and try not to wipe the grout out of the joints.
Continue grouting in small sections until you’ve got the whole thing done. When the grout is dry, there might be a slight haze on the surface. A haze remover will take that off. Then, after a few days, apply a grout sealer and a silicone sealant to the corners, edges, tub and floor joints. Wow, talk about a transformation. Check out how different this looks, but we’ve got much more to do. Check out the rest of the videos in this bathroom series at Lowes.com/howto.