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I had to make mosaics to merge the two shower walls and try to make the water designs flow together. Because it is so much easier to attach the tiles to netting and then apply to the wall, than to stick the tiles directly to the wall (they slide down), I cut netting into the correct shape and used a Sharpie marker to sketch the connecting lines of tile colors.

Using waxed paper underneath the netting, I used Goop to attach the glass mosaic tiles to the netting. After 30minutes or so, I could flip the piece over and gently remove the waxed paper and leave the piece to dry. If I left the waxed paper on too long, it was almost  impossible to remove. Once the tiles were 'set' onto the netting, I would put a dollop of Goop onto the back of every tile or tile piece and run to the shower and attach the section to the shower wall. It is necessary to push with the fingers, every tile individually, to be sure that good contact is made with the shower wall.


I had previously grouted the shower floor, so once the walls were completely tiled, I grouted the sand colored tiles that went up the shower walls about 2-3 inches using the sand colored grout. I used non-sanded grout since the spaces between the tiles were very small. I used a stiff plastic spatula to follow the irregular shape of the sand colored tiles. After it set up enough to be stiff between the tiles and dry on the surface of the tiles, I used a Scotch Brite type sanding pad from the tile dept at Home Depot to remove the grout from the face of the tiles. The grout dust fell and was vacuumed away.



After the sand colored grout was dry, a day later, I taped plastic sheeting along the edge of the sand colored tiles to mask it off from the darker, blue tinted I planned to use on the walls. The masking tape I used is blue, so it is a bit hard to see in this photo. Cardboard is sitting on the shower floor.

The shower walls were grouted with a pre tinted non-sanded grout that was suppose to be a medium blue. It is grey, not blue. Oh well. I pushed it has well as possible into the spaces between the tiles using a rubber edged tile grout tool. After it partially dried, I removed as much grout as possible using a rough ScotchBrite type pad that sanded it off as a powder. I found that to be much less messy than using any water to remove the excess grout. Additionally, the grout is suppose to be stronger, if it is not exposed to excess water before it sets up. The plastic protected the floor from becoming stained from the blue/grey grout. I grouted about 3 feet up the wall at a time.

Sanding off the excess grout.
The surface of the vitrous glass tiles is not totally smooth. As a result, small traces of grout remain in the small depressions in the face fo the tile giving a slightly softer overall look to the mosaics.

Sealing the finished grouting


I began the grout sealing process using the product on the left. The instructions said to wait until the grout had cured 48 hours before applying the sealer. I followed the directions, applying the product generously in two applications using a short bristled paint brush. I worked the brush in all directions since the grout lines run in every direction in my mosaics.
After we took our first showers, I noticed that the grout appeared very wet in numerous places. I was so dissappointed, that I thought I'd try a different brand & purchased the product on the right. It's instructions gave a bit more technical info about the product chemistry-which I am glad they included. But still, after using the second product in 2 seperate applications, I could see that the grout was not completely sealed. So, I applied it one more time. Each time, it is important to remove all excess liquid from the face of the tiles, or it will dry in whiteish looking droplets that are difficult to remove. It seems to me that there is room for improvement in this product catagory. And the stuff is not cheap!!

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You can see in these close-ups how shower water has darkened the grout lines letting me know that the grout is not totally sealed and needs another treatment.

We've ordered a frameless glass shower door for this mosaic shower. All together, I worked on this project for about 6 months on and off, spent aprox. $3000 for materials and basic framing and prep. The frameless shower door will run about $800, a bit less than it could since we are able to use a piece of glass the glass installer had on hand left from a previous job, plus a narrow 3 in. piece we've ordered. A framed glass door would have been much less expensive, but detracted from the overall appearance. Based on current prices for glass mosaic work, the value of this shower, including labor, based on square footage of glass mosaic tile is aprox. $32,000 !!

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