Jeez! You’d think that after finally finishing a 2 month project [the catio] last week, and spending 10 hours this past weekend cleaning out the basement that I’d be done for a while. But today after work I came home and immediately set about tearing up the broken tile in the upstairs bathroom and replacing it with a new one! It’s the basement’s fault. During my cleaning I found a small box of spare tiles belonging to our condo. I’ve always hated the cracked tile in the master bath, but had no way to replace it. Truth be told, I was too lazy to go to a tile store and look… I always hear on HGTV that it’s impossible to find an exact match, so I used that as my excuse. But when I found the box of spares I couldn’t wait to rip out the cracked one and replace it:
I started by using my grout removal tool to scrape out as much grout as I could:
The grout in that area of the bathroom is a mix of original grout and replacement grout, which has always been too dark. Re-grouting the bathroom where chunks of grout were missing was the 2nd DIY project I ever did! So I’m not too hard on myself for not doing it very well 🙂
Then I used my new “cold chisel” and ball peen hammer to remove the remaining chunks of tile and mortar:
I had my safety glasses on the entire time! Safety first *nods*. What a mess! After a good vacuum things were looking MUCH better:
It appears we have Schluter Ditra “uncoupling, waterproofing, and vapor pressure equalization” membrane underneath the tile. Once everything was cleaned up I used my little container of Tile Repair Mortar [which I found at Home Depot this weekend] to frost the membrane and the tile:
Then popped it into place:
Perfect!!! I’ll grout it tomorrow once the mortar has set.
While I was in the bathroom, I decided to try out the bottle of PolyBlend Grout Renewal I bought last year. You can paint it on over any grout and it re-hues and seals it. Score! The bottle suggests using a toothbrush to apply it, but I used a small paint brush:
I learned about this product on the YoungHouseLove blog, and it’s incredible what it can do! Here’s a before and after:
It’s it a little grey-er than the original grout, but it’s a lot closer than the dark grout was:
THEN, instead of stopping, I moved down to the front entrance hall which I’ve been slowly renovating. I ordered slate tile last week from Home Depot, which should be in next week, so it’s time to start tearing out the old white tile [same tile as what’s in the master bath and laundry room]. I decided to do just a tiny bit in the corner:
I began by using my grout removal tool to try and scrape out the grout so I could get enough leverage with my cold chisel and ball peen hammer to pry the tiles up. That went nowhere fast. So I took the hammer and just started whaling on the tile [I hope you like my action shot LOL]:
Can I tell you how AWESOME IT IS TO SMASH TILES WITH A HAMMER??? OMG!!! I could do that every day. It’s a great stress reliever!!! A few times sparks shot out which was a bit nuts. I’d highly recommend safety glasses AND construction earmuffs, because it’s very loud and shards fly everywhere. And gloves. I just realized I have a chunk of skin missing off the back of my hand from a tile shard – d’oh!
All my pounding woke up a large spider which crawled out of the closet and straight out the door *shudder*. I had the door propped open for some air flow while I worked because it’s very humid out:
Ugh!!! I’m just glad he was totally into walking out the door and I didn’t have to coax him. Gross. Then I used my Shop-Vac to clean the area:
And called it a night!