Happy New Year! Ok, so it’s almost March now and well into 2010; however, tiling our shower is how we rang in 2010 in our house. I know seems crazy but when you have a few days off of work, it just makes you want to be productive.  Naturally the bathroom renovation started with what I considered to be the most daunting task of all. Tiling. I think everyone has the initial fear of tiling when they have never tackled it before. I mean, this is definitely a serious DIY project that will show your mistakes. Thats why before we started anything, we researched, researched, and researched some more. I perused other home blogs, websites like the John Bridge tile forum, and the helpful videos from The Tile Shop (where we purchased our floor tile as well). After spending countless hours reading and reading and the reading again, we were able to narrow down what steps we needed to take for our particular situation. I won’t go through all the tedious details of how to tile a shower because you can find that elsewhere. What I will focus on are a few little highlights of what we learned and what worked best for us.

Our main concern when we started the bathroom overhaul was addressing the existing window in the shower. The previous owners just cased the window with standard painted wood just like you would in any other part of your home. Well for obvious reasons this didn’t work! The constant barrage of water kept the window damp at all times, leading to mildew and rotting. With the casing all wet, we could just imagine the disaster that was developing behind the tile underneath the window.

So task #1 after removing all the old tile and drywall (yes, drywall…no backerboard for the previous owners…doh!), we took some extra time to correct the window. We did find a good bit of rotten wood and replaced all of it so that we could sleep a little easier. Then we went forward with installing our new moisture/mildew resistant tile backerboard which will also help me sleep a little easier. With the new backerboard in place and all our joints taped, we finished the night by applying an extra layer of protection…a little secret weapon called RedGard.

RedGard is magical. It is easy to apply, pretty much indestructible, and its pink. And what girl doesn’t love a little pink. RedGard is a waterproofing membrane. You apply this on top of your joint compound, screw holes, and any other area you are concerned about moisture. For example, our window. We slathered all the backerboard around our window with RedGard to create a seamless barrier that no water or misture could penetrate. At least thats what we are hoping for.

After that everything seemed pretty simple. Well maybe not simple but what we expected. We had done our homework and knew what to expect when it came to actually tiling. We planned our layout and just took our time. I think that is the #1 reason for our success. We didn’t rush, we didn’t argue, we didn’t cut corners. We did it correctly and patiently and ended up with this amazing result!

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