So for this project I used all free tiles that I had gotten from my local flooring stores dumpster. The place that we go and check out every so often is actually just like 3 blocks from my trailer. And the place does not care if you get in there and get things out of their dumpster. So long as you do not make a mess. And do not disturb any of the neighbors of course.
So most of the pieces that I used for this project all came from sample tiles that they had thrown away. Anytime that the place discontinues some of their products they will throw away all of the sample pieces that they had for it. And so when I was lucky enough to get the sample boards I would take them home and take all of the sample pieces off of them.
Once I had them off of the sample boards I then picked out the ones that I thought would go the best with my bathroom. And the ones that I thought would fit together along my sink to cover the entire area. And once I had all the best pieces for my project, I then started to lay them out all over my sink. Moving them around to position them in the best spots. Once I got them all laid out and looking the way that I wanted them to look, I then got my flooring glue out and started gluing them to my sink.
After I got all of the pieces glued down, I let them dry overnight. The next day I then started to grout all of the areas in between my tile pieces. I once again used some free grout that I had gotten from the dumpster. We had pulled out like 9 bags of grout that they had thrown away one night. And granted some of the bags ended up being bad. But a lot of the bags were still good. And so I used some of the grout that was good and grouted the entire sink area. Making sure that I had all of my lines in between each piece good and level with my grout.
After I got all of my grout in, I then took a wet sponge and wiped all of my grout lines until they were smooth and even all the way through. I then let all of it dry for 24 hours. Once everything was all the way dried and set I then put grout sealer on all of my grout lines. And I think that it turned out great! Especially for it being one of my first projects for grouting. I have been self teaching myself how to lay tile and how to grout.
And I have to say that besides working with epoxy, grouting would be one of my favorite projects to do. I really love laying tile and then grouting it. I cannot wait to do a shower area. It will be a lot harder to do a wall. Keeping your tiles up on the wall will be a lot more of a challenge than just laying the tile on a floor or a sink. But harder or not I am very anxious to try my hand at it. And just like everything else I do, I will get better at it as I go I am sure.
So when I do post my first wall that I do with tile and grout, it may end up being a bit comical! But I will post it nevertheless. And then hopefully my projects after it will keep getting better and better. So hopefully you like this project and decide to try something like it. It has really made my bathroom sink look so much better. And it was fun to do. So good luck and happy projecting!