Nate found this little gadget of a tool in the tile aisle - A triangular metal head fits between the tiles and, with a little elbow grease, you can rout out all the Thinset that squeezed through. It leaves a nice even surface for the grout to settle into.
It was good I was alone. But the result? Awesome:
|What's that I spy? The bottom of a washer and dryer IN THE ROOM?|
|Looking toward the garage.|
|Looking in from the garage.|
Tile Cutter (which would have worked had our tiles been smaller... so we hear.)
Mixer Drill Attachment
Triangle Head Thinset Reamer Thingy
Tiles (2 boxes and a few singles)
Grout (#145 Light Smoke)
White Paintable Waterproof Caulk
#145 Light Smoke Caulk
Had we already owned the tools, the project would have been relatively cheap - Around $100. Since we didn't, well... It was significantly more. But we already have plans to use our leftovers on our family room hearth, and the future will bring tile work in the guest bath and hopefully the kitchen. We'll be getting our money's worth!
But for now, I think I'll go sit in the laundry room and pet the floor for a while.
For the whole story, see day one and day two of this makeover.