Post by ladywendolyn on Mar 8, 2015 15:53:07 GMT -8
i spent part of my winter holiday visiting my parents. They were able to help me do some planing for how I can squeeze a little wet bath into my trailer rebuild. My dad has a guy who is going to build me custom drain tanks that sit in the frame. I also decided, that since I am going to do a bathroom why not glamp it up. With that in mind, I recently bought a case of these coral pink 1950's plastic tiles, and 60 black trim ones. I am going to use a layer of a product called DITRA, which creates a waterproof surface that you can tile over. Then the coral tiles will cover the walls and the black trim will go on around the top edge. I also found a roll of 1950s wallpaper (below) for on the upper walls and ceiling.
Add cute plaster fish, and vintage towels... And it should look pretty cool.
It would look great. I love the tiles.. I wish you luck. But ...
I've worked with Kerdi, a relative of Ditra. Construction is fairly easy. I see a few issues working with this technique in a trailer.
You're going to need a substrate stiff enough to tile on (my bathrooms used well-braced 5/8" sheetrock). Then a layer of thinset, then ditra, then another layer of thinset and finally the tile. Finish with grout. That's going to be pretty heavy.
The bigger issue I see is when you pull the trailer down the road and it starts flexing. I'd be afraid that the grout would crack.
Again, good luck and let us know how it turns out!
Post by ladywendolyn on Mar 8, 2015 17:01:52 GMT -8
No I won't be doing any of that. Ditra is a vinyl type cloth procuct. It flexes. I will also be siliconing the tiles onto the wall, they don't have to be technically water proof as there will be a clear curtain for showering off, but I will create a water proof backing just to be extra picky. If I find the DITRA is going to be a problem, I will likely just put several coats of marine paint or varathane over the wood, and then silicone on the tiles. As to cracking under movement, I think I will leave a tiny space between them so they can move, but they are plastic so I figure it's all in fun anyway, and if I have a few that get cracks I'll pop them off and replace them. I have seen vintage plastic tiles in an old airstream bathroom, so I know it's been done... I love experiments like this...
Post by ladywendolyn on Apr 2, 2015 9:07:36 GMT -8
You can find the tile on ebay. Search under vintage plastic tile,. You will need about 300 -500 tiles to do a bathroom in a trailer. Just calculate the size of space into square feet. Nine tiles equals one square foot. I have seen cases of tiles sell anywhere from $20.00-$500.00 depending on color and condition. I paid $100. For a case because they were new old stock and a true coral pink which is hard to find. As to your floor tiles, I don't know about peel and stick. Most of use armstrong tiles that are made exactly the way they made the old tiles 50 years ago. They are very easy to install. You just spread a special glue, let it dry clear and lay down your tiles. You can find them in pink and black on the armstrong tile website.
"I don't care how much it cost, I don't care how long it takes. It's a dream and I am doing it right"
I used the VCT on my trailer floor but I have used peel and stick tiles in the past in homes. I did our rec room, an 18'x 30' room in Congoleum peel and stick thinking it would be temporary but they have held up for 10 years, look great and just good as they did when I put them down. And they've had a lot of traffic and abuse. The cheap brands do not hold up as well, so if you are going to use peel and stick, don't buy them at the dollar store.
I used Armstrong peel and stick on my Shasta Deluxe. They went down easy and looked nice. First rally, the sun hit them and bubbled up. Grrrr. These tiles came with the trailer and were about two years (maybe more?) old, so that could have been part of it.