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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pebble Shower Floor

The things you see when you are surfing around the internet!  I had seen pebble tiles at the Big Box stores, but I didn't like the fact that there was not a lot of colour variation.   What to do.  Online I found a blog that showed a shower done in tiles that looked like river stones.  The guy that wrote it said that sometimes the stones had to come off of the mesh in order to fit into the right spots, so why bother with purchased tiles at all, I thought.  A trip to the dollar store, and many bags of stones, at least 30, and I had the material for the shower floor. 


















We used the same 13" tiles that we have on the floor for the shower walls, and then added a chocolate brown glass subway tile as an accent. 



Jeff had laid the Kerdi floor system and we started with the walls.  Having never tiled full walls before, it was an experience, but one we will repeat again in our other 2 bathrooms.






Halfway there with the stones, and I am liking the look. Setting the stones one by one


Complete and grouted.  Can't wait to try it out!

 
 When the walls had set it was time to tackle the floor.  I have to admit I was a little scared.  What if I didn't like the finished product?    I knew I would just have to suck it up.  Can you imagine pulling up all of those stones!  Well no worries, because I love the look and it is a great foot massage every time I step in.  The neutral colours are great, and it is wonderful to have an en suite that is complete.

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  1. I love how this looks! Now that it's been a little while, how is it holding up?

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    1. Still looks great. Thanks for visiting our blog..

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    2. Looking to do this between my tile and wood floor; checking to see if it's still holding up great! How did you seal it?

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  2. Looks great! I have the same stone floor in my shower. If you only take one piece of advice, take this.....SEAL it well!! And seal it often! Seal your stones and seal the grout. Don't skimp on the sealer (aquamix and 501 are best) I didn't know at the time.
    I have the same color grout and it looks so dirty and grimy. (I clean my shower weekly). Do not use bleach products as it will pith the grout and cause it to look dirtier. Wish I had know this. I want to rip mine up and start over.

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    1. What is '501'?
      I have a shower floor that someone painted over and it is peeling, but not quickly enough. I'd like to use this pebble idea to place over all that peeling mess. Any suggestions as to how to apply the pebbles to an existing shower floor? what kind of grout, etc would I use?

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    2. A contractor did this but sadly the grout started crumbling and yes, it got really dirty. I'm not sure how to repair. Any advice would be appreciated and I'm willing to learn to fix and how to maintain it. Thanks in advance.

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    3. I would think you would have to dig out some of the old grout and regrout it and then as Beth said above make sure you seal it and reseal it often.

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    4. Thanks, I'll give it a try and make sure I seal it and reseal as needed.

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    5. Thanks, I'll give it a try and make sure I seal it and reseal as needed.

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    6. You can get grout pens and repaint the grout with it then seal it

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  3. Still looks great. With all of the grout lines they do have to be scrubbed regularly and I agree that sealing is the key. Probably time to do that again, but we still love the feel of the stones on our feet!

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  4. I have some of those stones from the dollar store & I tried to talk my other half into doing this in his shower, but he says it would hurt his feet!?!? It looks awesome just like I had pictured in my mind!! Lucky you!!

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    1. It did take a little convincing to get my handy hubby on board, but he agrees that it looks and feels great.

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  5. This can be done over an existing shower floor? Seems I'm always scrubbing the shower stall floor and this would be beautiful to look at. I could even go up the sides for the three or four inch lip around the floor and all I would need do is lift the drain to go onto the pebbles is what I'm thinking?

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    1. I am not sure how it would adhere to an existing shower floor. You would have to do some research on that as I am not sure that the grout will hold. Ours was a new build so we used the waterproof membrane. Let me know if you have moved forward with this.

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    2. From experience......anything that is going to need grout needs the best and most appropriate backer to grab on to. I tiled a floor over linoleum it cracked inseveral places and took less than five minutes to rip it up. So go talk to an expert and find out what you can put over existing floor so your hard work won't go to waste.

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    3. From experience......anything that is going to need grout needs the best and most appropriate backer to grab on to. I tiled a floor over linoleum it cracked inseveral places and took less than five minutes to rip it up. So go talk to an expert and find out what you can put over existing floor so your hard work won't go to waste.

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    4. Stones and grout need solid non-movable surface beneath or the grout will crack first time it's stepped on. I wanted to do this myself but shower pan will have to be removed FIRST!

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  6. Hi Laura!
    We recently featured your DIY pebble shower floor in our round up on floor projects at http://www.decoratingyoursmallspace.com/do-it-yourself-floors/

    Great project! Please let us know if you have any issues you would like us to correct with your project feature, and we hope you enjoy some great traffic from it! Have an amazing week!

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    1. Thanks for featuring our shower floor on your do it yourself floors. It was truly a labour of love. It still looks great and is something anyone can tackle.

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  7. This shower floor looks great, but is it slippery? I can't afford to take a fall in the shower.

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    1. Not slippery at all and gives a nice little massage on your feet.

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  8. I use a mixture of 2 tablespoons each of ammonia, vinegar and heavy duty laundry detergent to 32 oz. water in a spray bottle. Soak shower walls, floor and doors well. Use a old nylon broom with to scrub walls and floor and a soft sponge to clean the doors. Works like magic.

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    1. The other mixture that I find that works is some baking soda sprinkled over the floor and a mixture of vinegar and dawn in a spray bottle. Let it sit and then scrub if necessary and rinse.

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  9. How much pebble did you have to use for the shower project? We are considering this for our remodel and wondering how far a five pound bag will go.

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  10. Hi. Thanks for visiting. I don't remember for sure but I think it was approximately 30 smaller bags from the dollar store. You do have to sort through them as there might be some pebbles that are too small or too rough. I think one of those bags would be approximately 1/4 pound. Let me know how it goes. I would love to see a picture of your project. Have fun with it.

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  11. Hola! Me encanto su proyecto, espero hacerlo para mi baño, saludos desde Mexico, D.F.

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  12. Hola! Me encanto su proyecto, espero hacerlo para mi baño, saludos desde Mexico, D.F.

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  13. I have finished putting pebbles i found at the beach on to my kitchen wall above the sink.I first started doing a small area and now its all the way up to the ceiling.going to grout using a medium gray and then try and find a beautiful color to accent my wall does anyone have any suggestions for cabinet paint color?

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    1. Go to the paint section and pick out several colors you like. Bring those samples home and cut out and tape to your rocks. Let them hang for about a week. After 24 hours pull the one you like the least and remember to check them out at different times of the day too. It's amazing how you will find the perfect color by the end of the week.

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    2. Go to the paint section and pick out several colors you like. Bring those samples home and cut out and tape to your rocks. Let them hang for about a week. After 24 hours pull the one you like the least and remember to check them out at different times of the day too. It's amazing how you will find the perfect color by the end of the week.

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  14. So, several years on, how is this holding up? Have you found it gets dirty easily, or that you've beeded to reseal? I would love to do this in our reno, but have reservations about the amount of grout that would need cleaning.

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    1. We did this in our new bathroom. Bought the pebbles in sheets from a vendor in California.... Stunning Ours was done 3 years ago and still looks great. I wash it with Bar Keepers and a brush

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    2. Can you tell me the Vendor name you used and any specifics? I like this idea;sounds time efficient. Do yiu have same issues with cleaning grout and resealing as Somethingfromnothing??

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    3. Can you tell me the Vendor name you used and any specifics? I like this idea;sounds time efficient. Do yiu have same issues with cleaning grout and resealing as Somethingfromnothing??

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  15. I am thinking of using pebbles on my shower floor. I don't know whether to set them in a waterproof cement or a use one of these resin type mixes. I have a concrete floor. I could lay a rough fibreglass tray and use a polyester resin poured over much smaller stones. If I use the cement based adhesive, to set the pebbles in. I will need s grout that fills quite large gaps. I haven't seen any in my local diy store

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  16. You said setting the stones one by one, but couldn't you put down a bag at a time and spread them in? Maybe rearranging as needed?

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  17. You can do this a lot cheaper by purchasing river rock from Lowes. .5 cubic feet for $3.

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  18. You can do this a lot cheaper by purchasing river rock from Lowes. .5 cubic feet for $3.

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    1. How is that cheaper than a dollar a bag? The bags cover about the same amount of space. And I have never seen river rocks at Lowes for that price. What department are you talking about Cheryl?

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  19. I did the same thing for free! The local landscape supply company that sells rivet rock by the ton let me pick out what I needed for free! Since they sell it by the ton, they said what I needed was nothing to them, so I picked through the rocks to choose what I wanted and the result was awesome! Of course I had to buy adhesive and grout, but can't get any cheaper for the rocks!

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  20. I did the same thing for free! The local landscape supply company that sells rivet rock by the ton let me pick out what I needed for free! Since they sell it by the ton, they said what I needed was nothing to them, so I picked through the rocks to choose what I wanted and the result was awesome! Of course I had to buy adhesive and grout, but can't get any cheaper for the rocks!

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  21. The Mr Clean Magic Erasers will clean grout (and almost anything else). It is amazingly fast and effective.

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  22. The Mr Clean Magic Erasers will clean grout (and almost anything else). It is amazingly fast and effective.

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  23. I had this idea in the past. Thanks for posting, time to get motivated!

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  24. Nice blog and nice design of Flooring & Tiles this type of flooring and tiles make attractive homes.

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  25. Do you find the rocks to be slippery?

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  26. Can we remove dried cement from surface of tiles?
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  27. I love to see when people do DIY post. And I as the reader can see the progress. And in this case, I really loved the result. So I will try to do the same for myself. But did you get any tips and advice from any water damage companies or plumbers regarding the water and the shower ???

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  28. I like this. I will really recommend the pebble shower floor in the bathroom because of its friction force inherent in it preventing slipperiness compare to its counterpart floor tiles that have a very low frictional force with great slippery tendency. Please, avoid accident in the home.

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