How To Tile A Bathroom Wall
When updating a bathroom you may want to learn how to tile a bathroom wall. When tiling a bathroom wall you can choose to tile only the walls outside the shower or include the shower as well.
To tile a bathroom wall, you will need:
- Silicone caulk
- Cement backer board
- Plastic, 4 or 6 mil
- Fiberglass tape
- Green board
- Choosing the tile. You will want to choose a tile that not only is appeal but one that is durable and has a timeless appeal. Tiling a bathroom can be costly. By choosing a timeless and monochromatic tile you can change the style and design of the bathroom and the tile will withstand the change.
- Preparation. If you are tiling the shower take the walls down to bear studs and staple plastic to the studs to make a vapor barrier. Once the plastic is in place attach the cement backer board to the stud and tape the seams with fiberglass tape. On walls outside the tub and shower area you can use green board, a mildew resistant drywall designed for damp and humid areas.
- Installation. Starting at the floor about 1/2-inch above the back board seam use your level to create a level starting line for the tile. Mark the line with a pencil and begin placing mortar at the line. A level starting line can help insure a level tile job throughout the entire bathroom. Continue installing the tile and checking for level after each row.
- Grouting. Once the tile has dried mix the grout. In a back and forth motion work the grout into the tile lines using the float. Hold the float at a 45-degree angle to remove excess grout from the tiles.
- Clean up. The last step in how to tile a bathroom wall is to clean up the hazy film left by the grout. Using a clean sponge and bucket of water wipe the tiles until haze is removed. Repeat process until the haze is gone.
Posted on: Aug. 28, 2010