Wall Tiling

The tiling is easier to do before the installation of the vanity unit.  If you do the tiling first, there will be no need to cut the tiles to fit around the vanity unit.  If you want to save money, you can choose not to tile behind the mirror and the vanity cabinet.  All that is required is that you extend the tiling a bit beyond the mirror and cabinet outlines.  You also do not have to cut the tiles to fit exactly around the electrical boxes as long as you ensure that the light fixture will cover the area of the missing tiles.

Instead of using thin-set mortar as tile adhesive, a sticky mat called Bondera can be used.  This tile adhesive offers you a few benefits compared to using thin-set, particularly if you are using a similar glass mosaic tiles to our demonstration.  By using the sticky mat, you can commence the grouting straight away, unlike the thin-set where you have to wait for it to set.  The other advantage is that you do not have to be concerned about the thin-set oozing into your grouting spaces from behind the tiles.

Do not assume that Bondera adhesive is perfect.  It costs more than thin-set.  The repositioning of the tile sheets can become quite tricky.  Although they do not slide about like it would on thin-set, you have to place them carefully onto the mat and not secure it until you are sure that it is aligned properly.  If you have not pressed down too hard, you will have the opportunity to remove the sheet of tile and reposition it if necessary.  To ensure that the job is a success, you should follow the instructions which are included with the Bondera adhesive.  Alternatively, you can visit www.bonderatilematset.com where you can view an installation video and read further instructions.

If you are not tiling the entire area, you should ensure that the tile placement is accurate as you go around the blank area.  To do this, run the tiles up one side to the top of the cabinet space and across the bottom area.  While doing this, ensure that the side follows the line of your layout and the bottom is completely level.  Extend lines from the two points with a spirit level.  At all times, you should keep in mind not too press down on the tile until you are sure that is level.  Once the tile has been lined up perfectly, you should place it in the mat by tapping it with a grout float.  Once the tiling has been completed, you can start mixing your grouting and fill the spaces 

The grout should be mixed to a consistency similar to toothpaste and left for around 15 minutes.  Thereafter, you should remix it and add a small amount of water if it has thickened.  You can view the grout section for more instructions and tips.

Mounting Vanity Unit

The cabinets will need assembly, but this should not be too difficult to do.  Once you have assembled the cabinet, you should mount it on the wall by using temporary blocks to hold it in place.  If you do not have studs where the mounting brackets are, you can use toggle bits.  Irrespective of the type of cabinet installation, you should first find the studs.  Drive 3-inch washer head screws through the hanging rail of the cabinets, into the studs which will secure it.

The next steps are the installation and mounting of the faucets to the top of the sink, and the assembly of the faucet connections and drain.  In cases where you decide to replace a single faucet with two faucets, you should connect both the faucets to the shut off valves that are there, by the addition of a tee.  Faucets normally include supply tubes with 1/2-inch pipe thread fitting at the end.  

However, your faucets may differ from this.  If this is the case, you should take your faucet, along with the included tubes to the hardware store or home center.  This will allow you to assemble it in-store to make sure that you find the correct parts to allow you to complete the job without any problems.

Once you have mounted the faucets and assembled the parts of the drain, you can install the sink.  To do this, spread a small amount of silicone caulk to the top cabinet edge and lower the sink top onto it carefully.  Allow the caulk to set for a few hours before you connect the plumbing.  The job can now be completed by marking and cutting the tailpiece and connecting the required supply lines.  Once you have completed all the steps and you are happy, you should run the water and check for leaks.