Briton Bone Wall and Floor Tile Review

DIY Bathroom Remodel

We remodeled our bathroom and used Briton Bone Floor and Wall Tile for the entire project. Both the 12 inch by 12 inch Briton Bone tiles and the 12 inch by 3 inch bull nose tile were used for the edge of the bathtub surround and the bull nose for around the edge of the tub and the baseboard around the floor perimeter of the bathroom. Decorative tile was used for an eye-height decoration in the bathtub, shower surround.

Briton Bone Tile Review

The 12×12 Daltile Briton Bone tile was easy to use, easy to cut and nip and looks great as a finish for walls and floors! This was my second-ever tile project (the first was in our kitchen) and it went as smooth as can be. It probably took me a little longer than the pro’s, but it looks just as nice and was a lot less expensive than hiring someone to do the work.

We used 11 boxes of the Briton Bone tile and we found that all of the tiles were very consistent in their size, color and appearance. I think there was one tile that was sized wrong and didn’t fit properly, it went in the scrap pile (order 10%-15% extra for scrap, cut-offs, accidental breakage etc…)

One thing you should note is that 12 inch tile usually includes grout lines, which this tile does. So the tile is slightly under 12 inches by 12 inches. So, when you measure your square footage, you’re actually measuring and including grout lines as well.

I really don’t have anything bad to say about this product. It was packaged well, delivered undamaged and was easy to install. It works great on walls as well as floors.

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We also used various other things we already had in our tool and material stash – such as a utility knife, screw gun, knee pads, paint rollers and brushes, a plastic joint knife, mesh tape, backerboard screws, painters tape among other things.

So, here’s the photos of our project!

WonderBoard backerboard installed using backer board screws.

Remodeling our bathroom

Red Guard Waterproofing for Bathroom Tile

RedGard Waterproof membrane. We put mesh tape (FibaTape) on the joints and coated the joints with the RedGard using a plastic joint knife. Once the RedGard on the joints was set up, we brushed and rolled RedGard onto the entire surface of the backerboard to make the shower surround waterproof. Note: We used plastic and cardboard to protect the tub during installation of RedGard, tile and grout!

RedGard Waterproofing Review

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Tile Installation

Installing the Briton Bone 12×12 tile, the accent tile (the bullnose flanked the tub on both outer edges). I mixed up the VersaBond Thinset Mortar to the consistency of peanut butter.

Rather than running the thinset on the walls, a pro gave me the tip to only put it on the back of the tiles. Back-buttering the tiles makes the job cleaner and allows the novice to move slower as you don’t have thinset on your walls waiting for tile. Plus, it helps keep your grout lines clear of mortar! I used the square end of a 14 in 1 knife (My favorite tool in the world!) to clear and mortar that squeezed out from between the tiles.

  • Briton Bone 12×12 Floor and Wall Tile
  • Briton Bone 12×3 Bullnose Tile
  • Carano Deco Universal Accent Tile
  • 1/8 in Tile Spacers

Britton Bone Tile Review

Tile Grout

We used Sandstone colored SimpleGrout Pre-mixed grout. 1 gallon was enough to grout the entire shower surround and the floor! The pre-mixed formula makes it a cake-walk for grouting. Open the can and go for it. It’s easy to apply with a regular grout float, no special tools needed. Just follow the instructions on the can. Keep the tiles as clean as you can! Getting grout off the tiles after it’s dry is a b*tch.

DIY Bathroom Remodel

Turbo Approved!

Floor Grout and Turbo the Munchkin Inspecting the Work

After the grout is cured, dry, cleaned up and everything is left to dry. Get in the tub and caulk edges with tub caulking. Being in the tub helps the tub ‘flex down?’ micro-inches and allows the caulk to go all the way into the crevice between the tile and the tub.

Run a nice bead of caulking around the perimeter of the tub, including the sides and where the tub meets the floor. Wipe the bead smooth (but not too thin) with a wet finger. Keep plenty of paper towels on hand, this can get messy if you’ve never done it before!

If you tiled the floor and baseboard you should also run a bead of caulking around the baseboard, on top of the baseboard and in the corners. Caulk everything so no water can penetrate the flooring or walls. The goal of caulking is to keep the subfloor and walls protected from water and completely out of harms way.

Bootzcast tub with Tile Surround

It’s done! What a beautiful finish! Oh, check out my BootzCast Tub Review and Installation while you’re here.

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8 thoughts on “Briton Bone Wall and Floor Tile Review”

    1. Hi Opal, We chose a seafoam-ish light blue color and think it works well. There are a few photos here that may give you an idea of the color. Thanks for stopping by, good luck with your color choice!
  1. I saw no mention of sealing the grout. Do you have a mildew problem yet? Because if you didn't seal it, you will eventually.
    1. There is no mention of sealing the grout because SimpleGrout does not need a sealer. I actually had bought grout sealer but did not see on the can of grout how long I needed to wait before sealing it. So, I called the manufacturer and they informed me that SimpleGrout is a special blend of grout and does not need, nor will it take a grout sealer. Sealing SimpleGrout will cause more problems than it will prevent. And no, it's been just over a year and there's no hint of mildew.
      1. Hi, I am thinking of using the same color of grout in my kitchen which gets a lot of traffic how is the color holding up? We currently have bone grout in the kitchen and it always looks dirty.
        1. Hi Pat, The color is holding up just great. No discoloration or anything of the sort and doesn't stain as far as we can tell (we haven't dropped red wine or anything on it, but you know...). We also used the same grout in our kitchen the year before we did the bathroom, so about 3 years ago now. It's held up great with no discoloration and no problems - it's great stuff! You can find our which color we used and learn more about our experience with the grout here. Good luck with your project! - Andrew Scrappy Geek

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