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Green Bathroom Floor Update

Despite the laundry room chaos, when I have a spare minute or two, I’m trying to work in the green bathroom. It’s the only working bathroom– sans a sink. And to fully complete the remodel, it will be totally out of commission. The laundry room toilet is semi-working…when it feels like. So I’m definitely not living in ideal conditions.

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That square tile was not original. Dad and a friend installed it years and years ago. It was their first DIY tiling job. I didn’t think the tile was authentic to the era of the home. So I’ve been working on busting up the tile, and I have finally finished that project (with only one injury to a finger!).


After I had all of that removed, I hand scraped the floor to get thin-set residue removed. Then I swept several times to make sure it was clean of debris.


The section of wood underneath the toilet needed replacing. Dad actually replaced it when he was still living at home, so that was the late 1960s. The wood was brittle, so I wanted something more secure.


There’s also a small section of wood in the corner near the tub that needed replacement. It was obviously replaced at some point, but the water from the shower has created more damage. I’m actually going to install an easy fix to prevent future water damage.


Once the subfloor issues were repaired, it was time to get the floors ready for tile. I used Hardibacker cement board. Since there were so many patches to the subfloor, I wanted to make sure that the surface for the tile was smooth and even. The backer boards were around $11 each. I needed 4, but I purchased 5 just in case. You may remember– I havne’t had the best luck with backer board in other flips! So extras are always a good thing.


Making small cuts to the backer board isn’t difficult but not necessarily easy. I needed to trim out an area on the board for the door trim, so that the board would be flush against the wall. Using a hammer, a flat head screwdriver, a box knife, and tin snips, I was able to carve out an area.


To attach the backer board to the subfloor, I used the screws designed for backer boards. That helps the board to stay in place and not float around.


Before I could put the backer board in the toilet area, I had the toilet pulled and the subfloor around it replaced with new wood. Once that was done, I was ready to finalize the backer board!

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Now that I have steps 1 and 2 done, now comes the fun part! I will be laying the tile. Since I’m using mesh tile like I did on my DIY vanity, I will be using the same method for laying them out. Stay tuned for step 3!



9 thoughts on “Green Bathroom Floor Update

  1. Very nice work. It’s great to see photos of progress and know what obstacles you run into. The product info is very helpful. I’ve not put down tile in an important area like you are, so I am interested to see how easy or difficult it might be. A few years back, we put down antique roofing slate in a small sunroom floor and that was fun, but no precision was required. It turned out great.

      1. My husband was an architect and one of their builders had a job installing antique roofing slate on a roof, with a lot of odds and ends leftover that we got permission to clear off the property (we had a lot; rented a UHaul) and so we had plenty of that (free) to work with. I really liked the look and it was a great floor. I’ll try to find a photo to post. Happy New Year

  2. Nice progress, a tip on backer, the best way I have found is to bed the backer into thin set, so I put thin set on the wood floor, drop the backer, and use roofing nails to hold it tight. I have also used a tile membrane from USG, it stabilizes and is waterproof. Just some ideas for the future, your way is an excellent way as well. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    1. My next post is about thinset, actually. Google, my DIY friends, and even some contractors I know are split on the necessity of thinset underneath the backer, so I went out on a limb and skipped that step. We’ll see if I regret it!

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