Honey Comb’s big! Yeah, yeah, yeah! It’s not small…no, no, no

Actually… not big at all… these honeycombs are small, with lots of tiny tiny grout lines.  D317 hex tiles from DalTile.  Mr. Blurrycam apparently got these tiles for us… just under 100 square feet in […]

Actually… not big at all… these honeycombs are small, with lots of tiny tiny grout lines.  D317 hex tiles from DalTile.  Mr. Blurrycam apparently got these tiles for us… just under 100 square feet in all.

Since we were using a gray grout – we went with gray mortar.  FlexBond FTW!

Yeah… we even tiled the closet.  Bonus points for Mary for her awesome idea to have a power outlet run in here for my rechargeable razor.

So you might think big sheets of tile are simplest to install, since you just slap them down two square feet at a time.  You’d be half right – turns out that the little rubbery things that hold the individual tiles together have a ton of give.  That means that a 2 foot by 1 foot sheet could be stretched an extra half inch larger, or smaller.  Awesome, right?

Wrong.  That means they won’t line up without squashing them or stretching them.  Each piece had to be jammed into place and held in place with tape.

…and more tape.  Good lord.

And then we grouted with some sweet (unsanded – I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt me) delorean gray grout.

Some 3/4″ quarter-round finishes out the floor – and hides that last row of tiles that I was NOT going to cut all the way around the room.  The marble threshold is also new – less than $2.00 at Home Depot… score!

Remember Mr. Curvedwall?  I had to bend the quarter round around it… for that I used a composite molding product from Home Depot meant for outside use.  It’s not really any more expensive than the PVC stuff and as a bonus, it’s water resistant – perfect for a bathroom.

Nobody’s perfect.  Certainly not me.  So you’ll excuse the grout that got left on some of the tiles.  Turns out 100 square feet is a lot to grout at once without letting parts of it dry when the temperature is 90+.  Mary is a good sport and helped me scour it off with abrasive sponges and Mr. Clean erasers… and by helped, I mean did almost all of it herself.

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Ryan is an attorney, father, husband and tinkerer.