A Topical Application for a Professional Look
Tiling a bathroom window sill not only makes it waterproof but stain and rot resistant as well. Needless to say, laying tiles in a window recess is also a quick and easy way to give your bathing space a speedy facelift without the actual expense of redecorating. However, before covering your surfaces with tile you must first decide whether you want the window to stand out or blend in with the rest of your bath decor.
The colors, tile patterns, and edging options all contribute to the overall effect you are trying to accomplish adding to the windows dimension. Edging is very important because it’s like the icing on a cake that gives your bath window that decorative distinction and color causes the window recess to help open up the space or recede.
Keep your tile patterns simple because you don’t want to overwhelm the room with unnecessary distractions to maintain a finished professional look.
Construction Time and Materials
Depending upon the size and how many window sills you have to tile, it will take you around five and a half hours to tile an averaged sized bathroom window approximately thirty-six inches by forty inches wide.
The tools you will need to embellish a lavatory window sill include your typical tiling tools: grout float, notched trowel, margin trowel, bucket and sponge. You will also need a wide putty knife, hammer, hand saw, pry bar and caulking gun to finish up your tiling job.
To get the job done, the materials you must have are joint tape, joint compound, sandpaper, caulk, spacers, caulk, nails, grout, fiberglass insulation and some water and rags.
Before you begin the process, you first have to remove the window molding with your hammer and pry bar. This can be accomplished by inserting a thin piece of wood between your pry bar and the wall to avoid accidentally digging into the wall surface to minimize damage while removing the window casing.
Covering Uneven Surfaces
Depending upon whether or not your tile will extend all the way to the sash you will have to remove the stop molding. Remove the sill with the aid of a small hand saw to cut away at stubborn wood pieces.
Also, if you are going to be tiling around the window and sill, make sure the inside and outside surface of the window recess is clean and flat. In some cases you may have to prepare the area by covering the uneven surfaces with cement board or another waterproof surface material before you tile.
If the surface is good all you will have to do is stuff some insulation between the gap of the jamb and your bathroom wall, just enough to fill the gap, don’t let the insulation protrude past the surface.
How to Spread on Joint Compound
Now, as we mentioned before, if you are tiling the wall as well as your window sill, use fiberglass drywall tape to cover along the insulation and paste with joint compound to smooth over the tape.
Using your wide putty knife feather and smooth down the compound, let dry according to the manufactures instructions and later smooth with sandpaper after it has dried.
In preparation to tiling a window sill in your bathroom you then need to spread and comb thinset on the sill plate using your notched trowel. Spread tile adhesive over the window ledge area that will be covered with the ceramic tile using the spacers between the bath tiles to ensure even spacing.
Do the window side’s next, tiling and spacing one side at a time. As an added precaution you may want to drive small nails partway into the sill between the tiles to ensure the window tiles do not shift while the adhesive cures. Insert the nails in a drill and spin them in so they don’t disturb your layout.
Coating With Adhesive Mortar
To finish the process of tiling a bathroom window sill, the last area of your tiling project you want to inlay is the top. Place the tiles into the thinset adhesive, spacing them out and then set them in firmly with even pressure.
Cut a board measured to the inside of your window sill and place below the top tiles and prop this up snug using three other boards as a brace to ensure your top tiles do not fall off while the adhesive dries.
When the adhesive mortar has dried, remove the wood supports and any support nails. Next grout the window recess tiles with a float and let dry overnight.
Clean off any excess grout, let dry. Using caulk or some other type of silicone sealant, caulk the joint between the tiles and the window to prevent any water getting through and ensure a waterproof seal.
Applying What Your Have Learned
As a final note there are many different ways you can finish the edge of a tiled window sill and that would all depend upon your decor preferences. Bull nose tiles, rounded field tiles or corner edging tiles are popular tile edging options but don’t limit yourself.
Surf the net or head down to your local home improvement store to find the best edging option to reflect your bathrooms style. Tile installation on your bath window offers many benefits.
As you can see this decorative addition can not only give your bathing space a unique look, it’s also a fun remodeling project that can be done in an afternoon, maybe it’s the window treatment you have been looking for to spice up the old bath.
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