Our design was inspired by a smattering of bathroom tiling ideas I found throughout the web, though none of those designs had gone to the extent of custom painting 34 different shades onto their tiles. The product that made this possible was the FolkArt Enamels line of ceramic and glass paint, which is scratchproof, waterproof (and dishwasher safe!) once baked.
The main focus of this instructable will be the painting and installation of the tiles themselves, though I will go over the installation of the tub and vanity a little bit as well. I will purposefully gloss over the details of the plumbing since I am not a plumber and don't want to lead anyone astray. I'm sure I did a fine job, but a mistake made while plumbing can lead to an expensive disaster. If you're not comfortable doing plumbing work yourself, then hire a certified plumber.
This is the second of three phases in my Epic Basement Renovation. The first phase cleared out the space and granted me an office/electronics workshop. The third phase will complete my wood shop.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- Plain white 6x6" or smaller wall tiles, quantity as necessary for the size of the bathroom
- Floor tiles, as necessary, to complement the wall tiles. We used 8x8" white floor tiles.
- FolkArt Enamels paints, in as many colours as you need. We basically used half the available colours, and mixed them to the right shades.
- Wall adhesive
- Wall grout
- Floor tile mortar
- Floor tile grout
- tile spacers (1/8" for wall tiles, 3/16" for floor tiles)
If you're building a bathroom from scratch, you will also need additional materials like lumber, plywood, drywall, drywall mud, concrete board, plumbing fixtures, wall paint, construction adhesives, screws, etc.
- craft paint brushes
- an ordinary kitchen oven
- a wet tile saw (just go ahead and buy one, they go for as little as $50-60 new, which is less than renting)
- a tile hole cutter and drill press (optional, depending on the fixtures you use)
- a notched trowel
- a few putty knives
- a tile float
- sponge and bucket
- a shop vac for (lots) of cleanup
Again, if you're building a bathroom from scratch, you'll also need various construction tools like saws, drills, screwdrivers, levels, plumbing tools, etc.