Border Tiling a Bathroom Vanity

What You'll Need
Border Tiles
Thinset Mortar
Putty Knife
Rubber Float
Tile Cutter
Painters Tape
Rubber Mallet
Wooden Board

Border tiling a bathroom vanity can be a very rewarding DIY project as it adds beauty to the bathroom. While the process of tiling is not that hard to do, choosing a good color combination and pattern can be a bit challenging.

Step 1 - Preparations

Prepare the vanity top for tiling by installing plywood or backerboards to provide the foundation. Cut out the sink holes and secure the backerboards to the top of the vanity. Estimate the number of border tiles needed for the project by measuring the perimeter of the vanity from one corner touching the wall to the opposite corner. Afterwards, figure out the best border tile pattern suited for the bathroom and proceed with the purchase.

Step 2 – Planning

Lay the tiles on top of the vanity to cover the border areas on the edges of the vanity top. Make sure to use spacers in between the tiles to get the exact number of tiles needed. To find out the best way to lay the tiles, experiment by either starting from the middle of the front length side of the vanity top or at one of the corners going to the other corner. When the length side is filled with tiles, proceed with the side boarder areas in the same manner.

Step 3 – Cutting the Tiles

Mark the tiles that need to be cut accordingly. Be sure that the surfaces of the tiles are visibly marked before placing them under a tile cutting machine. Score the tiles with the cutter and snap them into two pieces. Lay the cut tiles on the border area again to check if they fit properly.

Step 4 – Installing the Tiles

Remove the tiles from the vanity top. Mix the thinset mortar in a bucket according to manufacturer’s instructions. Before installing the tiles, apply painter’s tape on the surfaces connected or adjacent to the border area to ensure that the mortar does not stick to them.

Apply an even amount of thinset mortar on the length side of border area. Start laying the tiles one by one starting from one corner or from the center, whichever is best. Use spacers in between the tiles. If some of the tiles are not level, place a small wooden board on top of them and hit the board with a rubber mallet until the tiles become level. When length side is fully tiled, proceed with the sides in the same manner.

Step 5 – Applying Grout

Wait for the mortar to set for about 12 hours or overnight. Mix the grout according to manufacturer’s instructions and apply it in between the tiles using a rubber float. Wipe the excess grout with a damp sponge and wait for about a day for the grout to cure. Apply water sealant on the surface of the grout. It may take about week or a couple of days before the tiled top can be used.