Hello, I finished tiling my bathroom walls. Plan your tile layout so that it doesn't leave you with less than 2 inches of tile on the bottom or top. Use the back of a plastic spoon to smooth the caulk. Nothing looks worse than shiny new bathroom accessories fixed to an uneven tiled wall! Always tile the back wall first in a shower/tub so that you can hide the grout joints on the sides. Step 1: Choose Your Shower Wall Tile. There are many reasons why you should do one or the other first. 8. 7. In which direction should I grout the walls: from a floor up to a ceiling or from a ceiling down to a floor? Welcome to the great debate. 4. If your wall isn't an exact multiple of the width of a tile plus grout line, start between one-quarter to one-half of a tile to the left or right of this line. To start tiling, prepare by running a bead of silicone caulk around the perimeter of the area you are tiling to seal it (Image 1). If you are still confused about whether to install tile shower floor or walls first for your do-it-yourself project, the good news is that you do not necessarily need to fully tile the floor or the wall first. The answer is: there is no right way. Measure up 13" – the height of one row of tiles plus the grout line – and draw a level line. For a shower enclosure, extend the tile and the backerboard at least 6 inches above the showerhead. Before We Start. Temporarily place tiles along the wall, sitting on top of the tile spacers. Today we’re going to share a lot of tips with you and in the end you’ll be more confident to start setting tile in your bathroom. When tiling your bathroom or kitchen, you want to see beautiful, professional results: the look of an established tile pro, not that of a fledgling do-it-yourselfer.A few simple tips will help you install gorgeous, long-lasting tile on walls and floors. Mark the midpoint of each wall. Be sure to measure the wall using the same unit as your tiles. Tiling around a bathtub introduces additional challenges. Roll waterproofing sealer over the walls if you're tiling in a bathroom. On the ceiling and floor of the shower, we used 2" x 2" tiles and on shower walls, 2" x 4" tiles. Assess the quality of the existing shower wall. There are a few things that need to be discussed before digging into the project. That’s not uncommon for remodelers and home flippers. Before you start hanging head-bashers (ceiling tile) you should, as always, have the substrate properly prepared. Photo 1. If the tub is level, set a full tile at its top edge. This shower tile is 12 x 24 inches and we decided to have 6 inch pieces on the bottom and top. Start with full tiles at base. Part 3 How to tile a bathroom wall Learn how to bring style and colour to your bathroom by tiling the walls yourself. So, let's look at the basics of wall tile installation that will make everything go a lot smoother, less frustrating, and less costly. Quick Navigation . Save time by setting several tiles at once. Determine how much tile you’ll need. Tiling walls is somewhat more difficult than tiling floors, and careful layout of the tile job is essential in the tight space of a shower alcove. 2. By the way, always start your shower tiling project on the main 5 foot wall (if tiling a tub). It may be best to lay out the tiles on the floor (with spacers!) Before tiling your shower, it’s important to prepare the wall by following the steps below. Find and mark the center point on the wall and draw a plumb line as a reference mark. The existing shower wall. A Mix of Both Philosophies. I will show you how to tile a shower wall in this article through video and I will also talk you through it. However, wall tile installation has its own set of rules that you dare break at your own risk. Use the measurement as your tile layout calculator and use it to determine whether you should shift the layout to get a wider tile in the corner, and to determine the tile layout for the end walls of a tub or shower. Walls generally have higher visibility so the back wall of a shower should be centered. You’ll need a design plan before you start attaching the tile. The bathroom below showcases one of our favorite unconventional tile heights with the tile covering 3/4 of the wall. Instead, you can use a hybrid method. Bathroom project start to finish by Kevin Taylor floor & wall tiling lic 70768c How To Tile A Shower It’s Not Always a Clean Start. Take the notched spreader and comb the adhesive across; this will ensure a full, even coverage. Frame the tile shower . If you would like a list of the tools and supplies that you will need and where I get them Click Here. If you simply start laying tile along a crooked wall, it will look really crooked by the time you reach the opposite wall, so you need to use a mason's chalk line (a piece of string covered with chalk dust that you can snap into place) to establish easily-removable reference lines. They do not always need to be waterproof. 01:22. so you can get a good picture of where the verticals will end up. The photos of the shower I have here was in a small bathroom with limited ventilation so I waterproofed the ceiling as well. In our project, we set the tile for the wall opposite the shower door first. I have two questions: 1. Previous Step Next Step. Identify the most visible wall when you walk into the room. Here we'll cover the basics of bathroom wall tiles and how to choose the right height for your project. Then take your first bathroom tile and place it along the batten.