Tiling the Wall in the Guest Bathroom

Thanks to the folks at True Value, I was able to get everything I needed to begin tiling the wall in the vanity area today. I spent about $25 of our True Value gift card on tile adhesive, grout, a rubber sponge float and a small, plastic trowel. This is the first time I’ve ever attempted to tile anything, but the directions on the back of the tub o’ tile adhesive were very easy to follow…

I used my small, notched trowel to spread some of the adhesive on the back of the tile…

And then I used it to spread some more on the wall…

Then I just “smushed” the tile into place…

The directions said to let the adhesive dry for at least 24 hours, so I’ll start the grouting process tomorrow. I hope it goes as smoothly as the adhesive process!

So what started out like this earlier today…

Quickly looked like this…

Then this…

And finally this!

Our mirror will cover the wall space in the middle of the tile. After I get it back into place, I’ve got one last piece of trim to add to the wall above the top row of tile. Then I’ll be able to get back to work on the farm table vanity. I can’t wait to get the new vessel sink into place once and for all! Washing your hands in the top of a drain pipe sticking up from the floor is no fun. :-)


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  1. Jen Manginelli says

    Your talent is inspiring, thank you for starting this blog. I love it! My husband and I seem to live parallel lives to you both. We bought a fixer upper cottage style home 8 years ago. We’ve given it constant attention ever since.

    We are in the process of redoing our one and only small bathroom. It’s a full bath and currently 5′ x 6′ if you can imagine that. It was side by side to our pantry which I just gutted with plans to expand the bathroom. I’m hoping to be frugal!

    I love the tiling around the mirror only. I also love the color pattern of the tile you used. It’s similar to what I’ve been looking for. Where did you find it?


    • Layla says

      Thank you, Jen! 😀
      We found the tile at a place called Total Liquidation in Montgomery, Alabama.

  2. says

    Did the tile stay in place after you put it on the wall or did it shift a little. We are doing something like it in our family room (snack bar backsplash) and I’m not sure how easy it is to do. We have chosen rectangular tumbled marble in a mini size. Thoughts?