It’s probably pretty obvious what we were up to this week.
Calling me obsessed with this floor would be an understatement. I’ve visited the floor every day, even when I didn’t have time to work on anything. I’ve talked to it. I’ve caressed it (with sealer… don’t think I’m going totally nuts).
Laying tile is a pretty intense feat. And have I mentioned that we’ve never done it?
Oh yeah… we’ve never installed tile. So, it’s pretty clear that it was a mean little trick to fall in love with hexagon tiles. But, Ryan loved them too and thought it couldn’t be that difficult.
Hardy-har-har…. that’s a good one.
You can laugh with me. Sounds kind of like every other difficult thing we’ve tried. It always starts out innocently.
Anyhoo… You remember last week when I was frantically looking for hexagon tiles so Ryan could lay the tile before he began traveling? Well, I was able to find the tiles locally through an awesome local tile shop and distributor. I talked to the owner on Thursday morning and Ryan picked up the tile from the distributor at 4 p.m. That was about the easiest part of the process. (Besides writing the check, of course.)
And would you even believe that our tiles were Made in America? I had one happy husband.
But, that happiness soon dissipated. After 8 hours of trying to dry-fit the tiles in the space, Ryan was on the verge of a melt-down.
Okay, let’s be honest. Ryan was having a meltdown. I am really not exaggerating when I say that I found him on the floor in the fetal position. That floor was kicking his arse.
Our house is so far from square and it was darn near impossible to get the tiles to fit properly. If we had ever done this before or had any real clue what we were doing, it probably would have went more smoothly. (Although if you google installing 1-inch hexagon tiles, you’ll find more people like us. Totally clueless and frustrated. The experts clearly don’t need to Google.)
At this point, it’s probably good to mention that this is one of the only projects in a long time that we have worked on together. We typically do our own things and work apart on separate projects. Not this one. We worked on this one together. This project needed two full beginner brains to accomplish.
I’ve started a more detailed post on the tips and tricks we learned about laying tiles, and more specifically laying hexagon unglazed ceramic tile. The truth was that we couldn’t find many really comprehensive tutorials or resources online for beginners. And, while we are certainly not experts (by any stretch of the imagination), there are a few things we learned that we hope can help any other DIYers who may lay this type of tile with zero experience in the future. (Ryan would like me to call it “Laying hexagon tiles for dummies.”)
But, the happy ending is that we had the tiles dry-fit by late Friday night. By that point, cutting, measuring and installing the black flower tiles was a breeze.
By Saturday at noon, the tiles were installed. By Monday, the tiles were cleaned, pre-sealed and grouted.
And, at this point I need to finish cleaning them really well and seal them again and we are done.
So, these pictures aren’t the total finished results, but they give you an idea. I’m especially loving the daisies and think they really make the entire floor. We ended up going with white grout, and I’m hoping with sealer, it’s still easy to keep clean. (I’ll let you know.)
So, that’s our little tile adventure. I haven’t updated the house list, yet. Maybe soon.
What do you think?