How to Tile a Bathroom Floor with Plank Tiles

The tile floor in our master bath is just so gorgeous!

Is it wood planks? Is it porcelain tile? It’s both in my mind! Ha! 

Plus, the contrast between the greyish-brown planks, white trim, dark vanity, and copper vessel sink is just stunning!

DIY How to Lay Floor Tile Planks | Our master suite bathroom floor is rustic and fun with the light tile that looks like wood and dark gray grout. These porcelain tile ideas and farmhouse designs are simple and beautiful. This tutorial to install your own large plank wood-look tiles on a budget will make you feel like a professional! I love the contrast of the grey-brown planks, white trim, dark vanity, and copper vessel sink. #farmhouse #tile #decor

We purchased this tile and grout from Lowes. After we finished the bathroom, Ryan said, “Man, I wonder if we should have installed these planks vertically in the shower surround?” Ummm, you’re a day late and dollar short, sweetheart. Yes, that would have been cool… Darn it!

Oh well, the floor looks fantastic and we can try that idea in the next house. 😉 

Without further adieu, I am going to turn it over to the hubs. He’s going to walk you through the steps of completing this simple DIY project!

Natural Timber Ash porcelain tile from Lowes in a box of 8.

Here is the box of tile we used. It’s Natural Timber Ash porcelain tile from Lowes 8″ x 48″.

Man applying mortar to a long tile to place on bathroom floor.

As you can see, I have several tiles ready to be installed. Sam and I chose which tiles we wanted where because they are all different (coloring and pattern) and some tiles we preferred over others.

Plus, it’s always a good idea to take tile (flooring, backsplash, etc) from several different boxes as you install. There can be noticeable differences in color and pattern between boxes. 

Along with that, I wanted to check my layout and see how it would look with laying them in a pattern of full pieces, 2/3s, and 1/3 tiles.

The dry fitting step is important.

This article along with suggestions on the box of tile helped us decide which pattern we liked best. 

Wet saw to cut tile with it's own water pump.
The tile shown was not our floor tile but tile used in our shower surround.

Be sure to use a tile saw that fits the tile your cutting. This saw was almost too small, but we made it work. Be patient with tile cutting, don’t force it, if it’s cutting slow just let it do it’s thing or change the blade. You’ll be sorry if you rush it and chip the edges.

That’s always fun. Not!

Long plank wood-looking tile with hole cut through it for water line.

Several water lines coming through the floor had to be navigated. Our tile hole saw worked well for this part of the project. 

Diamond hole saw to cut through tile.

We purchased this diamond hole tile bit  to make a hole in the tiles for valves and spouts. Watering cup for drilling holes in tile.

This was a handy little kit that sticks on the tile and guides the bit down in one spot. 

Mounting gasket to place on tile keeps bit cool and holds the bit in place while drilling.

Pictured here watering cup with adhesive bottom, easy on and easy off.  Extra mounting gaskets for tile hole saw.

The kit came with extra double sided sticky thingy’s or better named, mounting gaskets.

Make sure your tile is nice and dry before attempting to stick the cup on. Fill the cup with water and your makin’ a hole!

Man laying wood-look porcelain floor tiles in bathroom.

We used a 1/4 ” notched trowel to adhere the mortar to each tile and spaced it appropriately with 1/4 spacers. 

Image of 1/4 inch "T" tile spacers in the color orange.

Above are the 1/4 inch spacers we used.

Though you can use any size, we used this size to compliment the larger tiles. 

Photo of completed tile floor planks in bathroom with 1/4" spacers.

The laying of the tile is finally done and I’m one happy camper. 

Long tile planks in open linen closet.

I decided to make a transition here in the open linen closet and run perpendicular to the main portion of the bathroom. I did this for ease, we only had to use three planks versus 4 or 5 cut tiles.

The ripped (cut the long way) planks you see running beside the tub, here at the closet, and doorway were a little difficult but worth the effort. Obviously, making an 8″ cut on the short side is simpler than making a perfectly straight line when cutting 16-24″ runs. I knew that there was a little room for error because of floor trim and the caulking where the tubs meets the floor. 

Girl holding bag of sanded grout in pearl grey.

We chose a sanded grout from Lowes in Pearl Gray. You will also need to use the same color caulking (Pearl Gray) to do the area between a tile and the tub as you don’t want your grout to crack over time. This ready-to-go tube of grout caulking allows for expansion and looks just like the mix-your-own bag of grout pictured above.

Wet grout lines in dark pearl grey between long porcelain tile planks in bathroom.

Completed tile floor in bathroom using long wood-look tile porcelain planks.

This is the floor pictured after grout was applied and drying. 

DIY How to Lay Floor Tile Planks | Our master suite bathroom floor is rustic and fun with the light tile that looks like wood and dark gray grout. These porcelain tile ideas and farmhouse designs are simple and beautiful. This tutorial to install your own large plank wood-look tiles on a budget will make you feel like a professional! I love the contrast of the grey-brown planks, white trim, dark vanity, and copper vessel sink. #farmhouse #tile #decor

Once the grout had dried for 24 hours, Sam sealed it with this sealer from Lowes. She actually went over it twice just for piece of mind.

Well, there it is. Done. Praise the Lord because I had a lot more house to finish after this bathroom tile. Ha! 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, BE SURE TO LEAVE THEM IN THE COMMENTS AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM! 

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