Tiling bathroom countertops Is A Breeze. And not only that, It allows you to create a bathroom countertop with the tiles of your dreams.
The bathroom countertop is a relatively small area to tile, which opens up the opportunity to choose from the same pricier countertop tiles used for kitchen countertops, like Granite, Marble, and even Glass Tile. Because you don't have to purchase so many! And for a less expensive option, You also have the option of choosing from the Porcelain lines of tiles that convincingly mimic the look of natural stone countertops.
Tiling countertops also give you the option to incorporate your countertop tiles right into your other bathroom tile designs, such as your bathroom wall tiles, bathroom floor tiles or even your bathroom shower tile.
* Try to arrange the tiles so you'll need as few cuts to the end tiles as possible.
* If the left or right side of your counter is not sitting flush against a wall, make it, so the cuts to your end tiles on the right of the bathroom counter are identical to those on the left side.
* If your bathroom counter is in a location where the left or right side is flush against the wall use full tiles on the open end and all cut tiles on the end, that's butted against the wall.
* Leave the area around the sink cutout clear. You will install these tiles after you've installed your tiles to your bathroom countertop surface.
* Always install your countertop edging tiles after you've completed installing your countertop tiles to the surface of bathroom countertops, This way you avoid the risk of damaging them if you need to lean over the countertop.
* Self rimming sinks are highly recommended for countertops that are tiled, because the sink overlaps the rough countertop tile edges.
* Thinset tile adhesive starts to cure in about 30 minutes, So you'll want to mix small batches at a time so that you can lay a section of your countertop tiles within that amount of time.
* If you are also installing backsplash tiles, do not grout the joint between the backsplash and the countertop. These type of joints tend to expand. So it's better to Caulk this joint. Caulk will give it the well-needed flexibility it will need to prevent the grout as well as the countertop tiles from cracking.
The first step to tiling a bathroom countertop is in choosing from the array of fabulous countertop tiles available. Next, you'll need to install a new plywood base and cement backerboard tile underlayment.
You are now at step 3 the most exciting step of all tiling your bathroom countertop. This is where you get to see your beautiful professional looking countertop take form right before your eyes.
You first want to run a test sample so you can determine the best way to lay your countertop tiles to get the look you desire. You also want to get an idea of the end cuts you'll need, and the best way to install your countertop edging.
Lay out a model of your countertop tile installation using your countertop tiles, spacers and countertop edging tiles.
Lay them out on the counter as if you were permanently installing the tile's, but don't use any tile adhesive.
This way you can distinguish if your front counter tile should sit flush with the front edge of your tile substrate, or if it's better to set it back where a little of the countertop edging tiles sit on the surface of the counter.
Once you have a look you like, leave all the tiles and spacers where they are and mark the edges of the tile locations onto your cement backerboard tile underlayment.
If your countertop edging tiles are sitting anywhere on the surface of the counter, mark their spots as well.
If you need cuts to your end tiles or the back tiles that will butt up against the wall, mark these tiles for cuts.
Then remove the tiles and spacers and snap chalk lines to these same places that you marked. These lines will be your guide as you are permanently installing your countertop tiles.
Cut your countertop tiles to fit the ends and back row of your bathroom countertop as needed. Depending on the type of tiles you are using, use a snap cutter or wet saw to make the cuts.
If you don't have the ready mixed kind, Mix up a batch of latex fortified Thinset tile adhesive. Start at one side of your countertop and trowel Thinset mortar over a full section.
Once you've spread and combed your Thinset, Press your first full countertop tile into the thinset mortar, and make sure the tile is laid on the chalk line. Then set a few more rows of countertop tiles to the remaining section of the counter. Remember to Insert your plastic spacers between each of the tiles.
Once you run out of Thinset, If needed Mix up a fresh batch. Trowel it to the remainder of your cement backerboard tile underlayment. And finish up on laying your bathroom countertop tiles by rotating between rows going down and across the surface of the bathroom countertop.
Press your bathroom counter tiles further into the Thinset, by tapping them with your beater board and the rubber mallet.
Lay the board on the surface of your countertop tiles and strike the board with the mallet.
Dry lay your tiles first by laying them around the sink hole,while inserting spacers between each tile, then mark the tiles for cuts.
Use a hacksaw to make rough cuts to the tiles. Your cuts don't need to be perfect, as they will be covered by your self rimming sink.
Self rimming sinks are highly recommended for tiled countertops, because they overlap the countertop tile edges.
When you have finished dry laying and cutting your tiles, you can move on to spreading thinset and installing the tiles to the edges of your sink opening.
Once all of your countertop tiles are installed to the surface of your bathroom countertop, let them cure for a few hours, Then install your countertop edging tiles
To install your countertop edging tiles mix a batch of thinset mortar, and apply it where needed to either the top and the edge or simply the edges of your counter substrate.
Back butter your countertop edging tiles with thinset and install them to their designated locations. Remember to Insert your spacers between them and proceed on installing the remainder of your edging tiles.
If needed use masking tape to hold your countertop edging tiles in place while the thinset cures
Before grouting your bathroom counter tile, be sure to wait at least 12 hours to allow your thinset to cure.
Decide if you want to use a color grout to enhance your bathroom countertop design.
Grouting your countertop works just about the same as grouting any other flat surface.
Once your grout has cured, run a bead of silicone caulk around the edge of the sink hole and set in the sink. Install and tighten any mounting clips.
Install your new Faucets and hook up the drain and plumbing lines. Then run another bead of caulk around the edge of the sink. And if you have installed backsplash tiles, also run a line of caulk between the joint of your backsplash and countertop tiles.
Congratulations, And Enjoy Living With Your New Bathroom Countertop!