Monday, January 19, 2009


OK, DW posted on finishing up the tile in the surround a couple days ago.

Now, it wasn't quite FINISHED as it still needed grout and sealing, but I thought it looked really good.

Well, yesterday, DW hit it with grout. That makes things look much more finished. The quality of the job comes through more clearly, too. Pretty darned good for a first time at doing a tub surround. Frankly, I've seen professional jobs that didn't look as good. I'm extremely proud of DW's tile work.

But here's the thing. After wiping down the tiles, most of that mortar comes off. Then, today, I wiped off the last bit of remaining dust.


The marble is beautiful! I mean EYE POPPING pretty.

I don't have a shot of it yet, but as soon as DW seals it (unless she lets me do it), we'll do some close up shots. If you can source your tumbled marble tile at a price, I would highly recommend doing this project (though I'd make sure you've got your tiling skills down pat first). It's transformational.

Wow, again.

This week, I'm hooked on my wife's tile job, and I'm going to be trying to get her some of that jewlery over on Hooked on Houses. It's mighty cool for the DIY set.


Anonymous said...

Well, now I need to figure out the best way to get all of the mastic off of the textured tub floor. Any suggestions anyone?

Shane said...

Scrubbing Bubbles

Anonymous said...

REALLY?? That seems too easy!! Thanks!

Corey said...

Is it an acrylic tub?

We use goof off to get latex paint off the stainless steel sink - maybe that will work for the mastic?

Shane said...

Really :). When I had helped a friend tile their bathroom, the textured bottom was extremely filthy and scrubbing bubbles took it right off. Spray it on, let it sit for a while, then it should wipe off. Let me know if it works!

Anonymous said...

[Let me know if it works!]

Will do!!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I'd say "wow!" sums it up. I love how this turned out. It's gorgeous! Makes me want to re-do the tile in our bathrooms.

Well, to be more precise, it makes me want to hire YOU to re-do the tile in our bathrooms. Ha.

Have a great weekend! :-)

Anonymous said...

I'll tell wife. I'm sure she's up for working on OTHER people's houses!



Anonymous said...

Shane and Casey, I love you.
Honestly and truly. I sprayed on the scrubbing bubbles on the textured tub floor, left it on for about 5 minutes, then took a hand-scrub brush to the mastic. It worked like a charm -- and quickly too. I was so afraid it was there forever, and am so glad it is not.


Shane said...

Scrubbing Bubbles is good stuff :)

Glad to hear it worked for you