Bloody fingers. Broken tiles. Unfinished bathrooms. These are things you don’t see on HGTV. Sometimes you don’t even see them on websites of real people doing real projects, because by the time everything gets edited down and prettied up and posted for us to see, it all looks pretty simple.
I admit to being part of the reason someone might say, “How hard can it be to cut some tile and stick it to the floor when all of the steps can be explained in 500 words or less”
So, from someone who pretty confidently tiles all kinds of things, here’s what reality sometimes looks like:
1.) Things might start out well. The first tiles are laid out and going down smoothly…
2.) It may only take a couple of hours to get the full tiles down, which might lull you into a false sense of accomplishment.
3.) But there will come a time when you slice one of your fingers open and bleed all over the driveway.
4. ) At some point, you will begin to tell yourself that you should be finishing this project up in a half hour or so. An hour. Maybe two hours. Seven hours later you will hardly be able to stand, but you will still inexplicably be cutting tile.
5.) And when you’re almost finished, when you have exactly three tiles left and three spots to put them in, there we be a cut. One. Cut. And it will suck your soul out through the blade of the tile saw.
6.) It will take at least three times to correctly cut the tile without it breaking. You will not complete your bathroom floor, and therefore will not be able to finish your bedroom floor this week, which means you will definitely not be moving out of the garage you’ve been living in for a year and into your actual house next weekend.
Or maybe that’s just me.