Welcome back to Week 2 of the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge!
THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE
The One Room Challenge (ORC) is an eight week challenge to totally transform a space in your home. For this challenge, we’re going to be renovating our master closet!
If you missed the other posts, you can read them here:
And just as a reminder, here’s a before photo of the closet:
and a look at the new design:
If you remember last week, we shared all about demo’ing the room. It’s always gotta get a little worse before it gets better, right?!
Well that it did. This is how the bathroom looked after the post last week (we’re doing the bathroom floor as we do the closet floor):
Even taping off the space, things got pretty dusty there for a day or two and we actually ended up sleeping in a different room for a couple of nights. But now everything is good to go.
I think this is really the biggest part of the entire project. It’s certainly the messiest and most involved. But once it’s done, the room is going to drastically change and I can’t wait!
So one of the most important aspects of doing the tile was actually prepping the concrete for the tile. After you remove old tile, it’s a big mess!
Prepping Concrete for New Tile
Here’s the process we used to prep the concrete for new tile:
- Use an angle grinder with diamond cup wheel on concrete subfloor to remove old mortar. This is very dusty so you want to use with a dust shroud and shop vac. Here’s a universal one that we used.
- After mortar is removed, roll crack prevention and waterproofing membrane over concrete. We used one coat in the closet for crack prevention and two coats in the bathroom for crack prevention and waterproofing. We used redguard.
Angle Grinder | Diamond Cup Wheel for angle grinder | Dust Shroud Pro for angle grinder | Shop Vac | Waterproofing Membrane – Redguard | Paint Roller
After that, everything was all cleaned up and looking good, it was finally time to start laying out the tile and getting an idea of spacing and the cuts we would need.
But I’ll save more about the tile process for next week! Thanks for following along and as always you can see more behind the scenes photos and videos over on Instagram @mincerepublic.