|had to build the thinset up fairly thick for the tile around the larger cross...a challenge for me|
|the thinset is still wet so its dark, which leads me to believe i need to use a dark grout|
|bullet soap dish yet to be grouted, wash rag bullet hooks on each side|
so the challenge of yesterday was working with that thinset around the larger cross. since i made that cross on its own hardieboard first and because the wall was so uneven, all of that sticks out way more than it should. in order for the grout and everything to blend, i had to make a thicker than normal batch of thinset and 'build it up'. took me a few tries to get it right. then i had to let it dry a bit as it was so thick that everytime i put tile on it the tile would drag it down and it became a mess. when the thinset dried even more i then had to scrape around the tiles with a screw so there is space enough for the grout to sit. i can only hope it all works out when its time to grout....
so, i finished the inside of the shower yesterday and now i need to do the 'entry way' of the shower (sides, step area). dan had me put white tile on the floor of the shower on day one of this project. when people ask what color the shower floor will be i say its already done, in white and they make a disagreeable comment. i think, although i have not asked, that the reason for doing it in large white tile is that i am a novice and the shower floor HAS to be leveled such that the water flows into the center and down the drain. [i asked and it has nothing to do with my possible ineptitude, more that feet and water and tile are delicate things, you dont want shards cutting you so he wanted normal tile on the floor] you do not want water standing in the shower. this was a shower someone who worked for dan had already made and it had some level issues ( i have no idea what a shower floor is supposed to be like but i can assume like myself they also were 'learning as they go') and i needed to build up the thinset in some areas so the tiles would allow water to drain properly. i believe that were i to do all of that in mosaic it would have proved to be too much for me. anyhow, until i remove the cardboard from the shower floor i dont really know how it all looks. until i grout all of this i wont know either. grout will change everything. i've only done a little grouting (the cork floor at the bone house) even then i had help and by now dont remember a thing about it. i've heard that grouting with a dark color is more difficult as it will stain the tile and you have to be fastidious and quick about it. i dread thinking what it will be like to grout my bullet shell crosses.
anyhow. after i do this then i do the floor. i've decided since the shower has so much going on i'm going to use larger tiles for the floor. again, i'm working with reclaimed tiles so i dont have a set amount of this and that to work with. i have plenty of the salmon colored tile left (in small pieces) and then larger more plain tiles. i think i will use the larger plain tiles as the main thing. cut them up into squares or curves and then add smaller salmon colored in between them. for the floor i also have to make sure it is more even and need to be careful about using thick and thin tiles together). if i have the time and emotional oomph i'm fantasizing about maybe adding some pipe or bullet shell something or another....shelf? towel rack? there is a deadline, things need to get done but this is my little chance to put something of me out there and i should do all i can.