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Glass Mosaics Part 3- Grouting and Finishing

This is my last post on the glass mosaics. You will see how to grout and finish your mosaic piece. Don’t forget to check out the first two posts for all the steps on creating a glass mosaic.

Glass Mosaic Step 1:
http://www.summerscloset.com/blog/2014/01/31/glass-mosaics-step-1-how-to-make-mosaic-glass-using-repurposed-glass/

Glass Mosaic Step 2:
http://www.summerscloset.com/blog/2014/01/31/glass-mosaics-part-2/

IMG_1602What you will need for this step:

-Bag of sanded grout in color of your choice

-Grout mold and mildew preventive mixture (optional) good for bathroom projects

-Mixing paddle for electric paint mixer or cordless drill (optional), You can also mix it by hand with a paint stick, but it is much easier with the electric mixing paddle.

IMG_1491-Tile float

-Rubber heavy duty tile gloves

-Empty buckets

-Large sponge

Make sure your mosaic completely dried from step 2.  You should have left it to dry for 24-48 hours depending on how humid it is where you are. Here in South Florida, we have to leave it at least 48 hours on these big projects because it is so humid.

IMG_8996Mix the grout according to the directions on the packaging. I mix mine to a slightly thicker consistency than I normally would for normal tiling.  Start with a small amount of water in a small amount of grout and mix in a large bucket, adding water and grout as needed.  You can always mix another batch of grout.  Only mix what you will have the time to use since the grout will harden if left in the bucket after it is mixed and you will have to throw it out.  Add mold mildew mixture if you choose, before water as it will water it down. Let the grout mixture sit after mixing for 10 minutes or according to package directions.

Work on one area small area at a time perhaps a couple of square feet. It is best to start from the top down of your mosaic. Using the tile float, spread grout back and forth and up and up and down in the section you chose. Make sure you are getting grout in all the little holes and spaces. Use your tile float to scoop some grout from your bucket, and work from the bottom up of your section to help keep the grout from spilling off the wall while you work.

IMG_1608Let the section sit for a couple of minutes and then take your damp sponge and gently sponge over the section to wipe off excess grout.  You will need to rinse your sponge several times as you clean the tile. You will need to change your water often as well.

Continue the same steps until you have completed grouting your mosaic.  The glass will have a haze over it that you will wipe off with a dry cloth after everything is dry.  Make sure it is only a haze left before you let it dry.  Do NOT let the grout dry on the glass without sponging it or it will be difficult if not impossible to remove.  This is why you need to work in small sections.

IMG_1599Also, make sure you tape off everything but the edges of the mirror if you do a mosaic around a mirror, since the grout can leave a haze on the mirror that doesn’t come off.

On the tropical mosaic dock, I added tiny little pebbles on the dock posts and edges that I had gotten from a trip to the German Alps.  Try adding fun little mementos into your mosaic, be creative, just remember grout doesn’t stick to wood like it does stone. The wood edge framing that we built on the bathroom wall, and any other edges like that need to be caulked with matching color caulk when everything is completely cleaned and dried.

Use cheesecloth or a soft cloth to buff and clean all the grout haze off when the grout has dried. If there is a lot of dust you may want to wipe it again with a clean damp cloth again first to remove some of the dust.  You will then need to let this dry and buff again with a soft clean cloth.

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Creative Ways to Add Space- Building a Custom Recessed Shower Shelf

This is one of the first videos in our Bathroom Renovation Series. Be sure to follow our blog for more great ideas, pictures and videos!
This is a project not for the faint of heart but those who want to take their creativity to the next level. It may not be something you have the skills to do, but a great idea if you are hiring someone else to renovate your bathroom now or in the future. We give a basic overview about how we did our project. This bathroom renovation is one I am working on at my sisters new house. The video shows the basics for creating a recessed shelf in the shower. It is a project that needs to be done when you are redoing the tile in a shower or bath, since it takes removing the surrounding tile and durock.

My original idea was to create this shelf on the opposite side of the shower than where the plumbing was since when we removed the tile, we knocked a hole in the upper drywall anyway and would have to repair it. However, the studs on that side of the wall were only 2×4 and didn’t leave a lot of recessed space for a shelf. We considered adding a window sill type piece of marble as I have seen done to extend it a little, but for a low shelf that my sister wanted so my young nieces could reach it, the protruding edges could potentially be dangerous.

It turns out I had to remove the piece of durock on the wall next to the plumbing to replace the shower faucet anyway and those studs were 2×6’s which left a great space for a recessed shelf that would hold even the value sized shampoos and soaps. I framed the section we were going to use with another 2×4 on the bottom, and made use of the already there 2×6 cross bar brace in between the 2 studs as the top.
After adding that piece of wood, I cut the durock to fit in all the spaces, screwed most of it on except for the back piece which sits up against the drywall in the next room. The back piece I glued on with multi purpose adhesive caulk.
We then taped off all the seams of the durock with mesh drywall tape, and continued to tile it in in the same process you would frame the window and tile the rest of the shower.

I hope you enjoy our little video! (I have decided, I definitely hate hearing myself on video)