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Wednesday
Aug312011

Bathroom Project, Part 3

I can no longer claim this to be the bathroom floor project, although that is what I am in the middle of right now (picking up the tile this morning!).  

The floors have been primed & self leveled, which was a pretty easy process (thank goodness!).  I bought Mapei Self Leveling Compound & mixed half of the 50 pound bag with 12 cups of clean, room temperature water.  You'll need some sort of mixing attachment for your drill - I used a paint mixer because this material is fairly runny & easy to get through.

Once everything was mixed, I started pouring out the concrete mixture in the back corner of the bathroom.  I used a trowel to move it around to cover all of the floor.  

This stuff is pretty amazing - as it is pushed around, it settles into all of the mess of the floor & levels itself out, leaving you a flat surface that is ready to accept stone, tile, hardwood, etc.

There is one little area where we didn't get all of the old mortar.  It looks like a fossil.  Sanding it down is another step we're going to have to take before laying the marble.  I was lazy & just hoped that it would fill in around the trowel marks.  It didn't.  Lesson learned folks!  Make sure all of the old mortar is gone before pouring the underlayment.  

 

I walked on it this morning, so it is dry and ready to go.  We are leaving in a few minutes to pick up the tile (can't wait to show you!) and I am going to get started today!

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That's awesome!! I hope after sanding the old mortar down, you won't have to replace any of the self-leveling concrete? I think the floor is kinda cool as-is too! It'd be perfect for an industrial/loft type setting!

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

I can't wait to see how it all turns out!!

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMom

Oh wow, you guys are going to town! Can't wait to see the marble in action.

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercolleen

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