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Bathroom Tile Plans
Gargoyle House

So, because we're going to have to have a lot of plumbing work done on the house, in the bathrooms, we figure the tilework is going to get all screwed up, we're going to re-tile the bathrooms after the new sinks and pipes go in. And we have Plans for that tilework. Next week (or this weekend), I'm going to start buying blank tiles by the box, because I am going to paint the tiles that will go on the walls, and design the mosaics that will go on the floors.

The main bathroom, the one between the west bedrooms, has windows flanking the medicine cabinet/mirror. It's rather church-y, and so that will be the Alliance bathroom. Blues and yellows. I am going to put a mosaic on the floor to resemble that linked banner. Blue tiles, maybe gold as well (or maybe those Italian glass tiles with the gold leaf or whatever, shiny...

The bathroom by the serviceporch, the one we'll be fermenting brews in the shower stall, will be the Horde logo - red on black. The walls will be (shiny) black with scattered hand-painted tiles using the icons from the game. I'll be making multiples of the various icons on tiles, to use in both bathrooms. The Alliance bathroom will be blue with yellow grout. The Horde bathroom will be black with red grout. I figure I'll do the various race banners in 2x2 tile sets, and have the icons placed randomly.

My plan is to blog this. This is where I'll be posting photos, ideas, updates. It's going to be all house-based, remodeling, etc.

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What kind of paint are you going to use on these tiles? The reason I ask is that most paints will last only for a while before water, wear and soaps will start to remove the paint, while those on the floor will wear off because of shoes and dirt grinding the paint off. Yes, the erosion might take years to happen, it still will happen. I have just checked online and found kits that say that it is possible, I have found just as many where people have experienced failure over the years. I found a few sites that say it is best to put such painted tile only in area that will not get walked on or get constant exposure to water.

The reason that the elaborate Spanish and Mexican tiles last so long is because they have been painted with ceramic glazes which have been baked on in a kiln at temperatures around 2000 degrees, more or less, depending on the cone used. These tiles resist all of the problems listed above.

Since my husband is a potter, and we have several kilns, I do invite you to come over and discuss this project with Hroar. This will not be free, because the electricity used is considerable, but I think that if you do all the work, we can come up with some mutual arrangement to help you complete your project and make it a permanent installation in your new home. Let me know if you are interested.

Funny you should mention that...

From a few hours' reading on WikiHow, Instructables and a couple of DIY sites, I'd come to the conclusion that glazing is the way to go. chronovius had mentioned a public kiln in (Monrovia, I think? I can't recall offhand). THIS is one of the first sites I found regarding tile-glazing, and I was trying to find something similar that wouldn't necessitate a kiln.

Ah, well. Since I want these tiles to last, I'll have to put in the work to make them last, and you and Hroar came up in my brainstorming, as a result.

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