This Marble Look Porcelain Tile Floor is so beautiful and the matte finish is perfect in a bathroom!
After a long week of tiling the Bathroom and both closets, it’s finally done. Yay! I’m so excited to show you all this beautiful Marble Look Porcelain Tile Floor, guys!
I went with 12×24 tiles because I love how nice they look in our kitchen. Tiles this big are installed with a 1/3 tile offset. So, the next row of tiles starts 8″ away from the end of the last row. You can see what I mean in some of the photos below.
And, matte tiles are fantastic, guys. They make Stone Look porcelain look and feel more like real stone. And the matte finish is critical in a wet bathroom with little boys, or clumsy adults, around. Really, slippery surfaces with wet feet are one of my mom phobias. 😉
I also really love that the pattern on this tile is really subtle and muted. Some of the marble look tiles have really dark grey lines. I always think that makes the pattern take over the room. The pattern on my tiles is a nice subtle light grey marble veining. So pretty, right?!
What do you think? Don’t forget to check out all the bathroom before photos and plans here.
Quick Note: I’m sharing this bathroom makeover as part of the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge. Follow the link to see a page full of inspiring indoor and outdoor rooms being made over by over 200 talented designers and DIY bloggers. But first, grab a cup of coffee, you’ll want to see them all. So much inspiration, guys!
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ORC Master Bath Makeover Plan – 5 Week Plan
Click the links below to see more about each item. 🙂
- Paint the Walls
- Add a Plank Ceiling Feature
- Remove and Replace Bathtub
Removeand Replace Shower
- Add a new Shower Niche
Remove and Replace Flooring
- Replace Vanity Mirrors
Change Vanity Lighting Change Shower Light and Fan
- Replace Vanity and Bay Window Counter Tops
- Paint Vanities
- Change Vanity Hardware
- Replace Toilet
- Add Wainscoting to Water Closet
- Build or Buy Main Wall Art
Marble Look Porcelain Tile Floor – Prep for Install
So, I’m not going to tell you how to install tile. There is so much involved in that. But, I have some of my favorite tips here and this link to a professional tile installer on YouTube. He has great videos that can teach you all about tiling.
I really, really recommend spending a few hours watching tiling videos and learning as much as possible. Tiling isn’t hard, but it is detailed and there’s no undo button once that thinset dries. As a DIYer, I literally spend days thinking about each step of the project to try to avoid any mistakes or last minute decisions during install.
I noticed that Floor and Decor has weekend tiling classes. I think Home Depot and Lowes might offer these sometimes too. They’re probably worth checking out, if you’ve never tiled.
The plumbers that did my demo removed the old tile in our bathroom. Yay! That saved me hours of back breaking work, especially since we had 2 layers of tile. Then I removed the carpet in the closets.
And, I prepped the floors for tiling by chipping away any leftover thinset and drywall mud on the concrete. You want that floor to be a nice smooth, clean surface for your new tile.
I even scraped away some paint on the concrete floor. Just to make sure my thinset would have nothing stopping it from really sticking to the concrete. Vacuum the floor clean before install too.
I didn’t use an uncoupling membrane here. I don’t want to tell you whether or not to use one. Research what they are and whether or not you need one. I will say that I decided to skip it for a couple of reasons.
One, none of my local installers seem to use them. They must have reason to believe they aren’t often needed in Houston. Two, my floor is a 25-year old concrete pad. It’s not a basement floor and it doesn’t have cracks or a history of cracking tile. And, I assume the majority of settling was done decades ago.
But, again, research uncoupling membranes and decide for yourself.
Marble Look Porcelain Tile Floor – What I Used
- Bianco Matte Porcelain Tile from Floor and Decor, under $2 per sq ft
- Mapei Ultraflex LFT Mortar – sold at Lowes and Floor & Decor – LFT stands for Large Format Tile (like my 12×24 tiles)
- Mapei White FlexColor CQ Grout – sold at Lowes and Floor & Decor
- A good wet saw with a high quality diamond blade
Marble Look Porcelain Tile Floor – Install Tips
It took me a week to install these tiles and caulk. My Master Suite is basically 4 rooms; 1 water closet, 2 walk in closets, and the main bathroom. That makes installing tile a bit more complicated when you want the pattern to continue across all 4 rooms.
I decided to start with the main room. I used the length of the tub as my starting point after figuring out that it wouldn’t leave me with a weird thin line of tile along the shower wall.
I planned my work in phases, since I have to stop work to pick up kids from school and feed them every 20 minutes. 😉 The first day I set all of the full tiles I could before having to quit.
Then I had to stay off that tile for 24 hours for the mortar to set. So, any work the next day had to be done without walking on that tile. I also had to be sure that all excess mortar was removed around the tiles and that the tiles were lined up perfectly so that tile fit in the open spots the next day.
For small rooms like this, you’ll have cuts all along those walls. You’ll also need to plan how you’ll lay the tile and still get out of the room! For the closets, I worked the left side of the room, so I could walk out on the right. Then worked the right side after that sides mortar set.
If I am explaining this right, you can see how I had to move around to different parts of the bathroom while sections were drying. That’s why planning ahead is so important AND making sure the tiles are perfectly straight so that you have enough room to put tiles in the open spaces the next day.
I also think it saves me so much time to make a bunch of cuts at once. So, I would sketch out a guide with measurements for 5 to 10 tiles. After cutting all of those tiles, I’d lay them in their spots and make sure everything fit before spreading any mortar.
I’d then decide which order I wanted to install them in. Then number them and stack them up with the first one on top. I’d spread the mortar for that whole section, then lay them all in one go. Making sure to level and line them up perfectly.
You’ll also need to clean mortar out of cracks and off the tiles as you go. Again, watch loads of YouTube videos to make sure you know every single thing to expect. There are so many details to think about when tiling.
If in doubt, I say you should hire a professional. I saved thousands of dollars installing my own tile. But, it would have been a huge waste of time and money if I didn’t have enough experience to do it properly. 🙂
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