How To Tile Kitchen
You might want to remodel your kitchen and try out newer and fresher colors to your backsplash tiles, your kitchen cabinets and to your countertops. A very good way of living up your kitchen is to tile the kitchen floor. There are many tile kitchen ideas to choose from nowadays, and how to tile kitchens is a growing question in everyone’s mind.
Well, lets smoothen that worry off! To tile a kitchen is not a very expensive affair, yet be ready to shell out anything from $500 to $ 1000 for this DIY project. Ideally trying out this tile kitchen idea should be on a weekend, so that you have ample time to lay them and dry them!
Here is the step by step break up of how you can tile the kitchen and give a new ground look to your kitchen.
Step #1- Mixing the Thinset
Remember tiling the kitchen has to be a pseudo-gastronomical affair. So, keeping peanut butter consistency in mind, first, mix up approximately two gallons of thinset to cover the floor for the backer boards.
- Mix only as much thinset mortar as can be used in an hour; otherwise it will dry out and will not be as effective. Well, you will be stuck with a grey lump in the middle of your kitchen for a long time!
- Set the tiles on the floor to grid out the space and to make sure there is enough to cover the area and also to see what cuts will need to be made. This is especially important for a specific pattern design.
- Make sure to buy enough tiles to cover your entire project, accounting for 1/2 pieces, scrap pieces or replacement pieces. Often tiles from a different stock look slightly different.
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-Protect those eyes, use the power tools wisely.
- Wear a facemask when pouring dry thinset.
- Before ripping out older flooring have it tested for asbestos. Asbestos is dangerous when it is disturbed and becomes airborne, but abatement, or professional asbestos removal, can be expensive. If asbestos is suspected, covering the flooring with backer board, thinset mix and tile is an effective way to stop the asbestos from affecting your home and your family’s health.
Step #2- Apply the Thinset Onto the Linoleum
Apply a good amount of thinset onto the linoleum with a trowel. With the notched trowel, smooth the thinset over the floor, holding the trowel at a 45-degree angle. Only spread enough thinset to cover an area the size of the backer board. Continue this process throughout the project.
Step #3- Install the Backer Board
So, now that you have worked this hard and covered the entire floor, get a beer, and rest. There is still a lot to be done. When the entire section of the floor is covered, set the backer board down slowly .Make any slight corrections and adjustments while the thinset is wet.
When the board is in the right place, begin screwing the backer board into the flooring below. This is where the grid that you had made earlier comes in handy. The backer board has a grid to follow so the screws go in the correct location.
Repeat this step until the floor is covered entirely with backer board and is completely bolted down.
Step #4- Lay the Tile
Next, plot out a tile pattern. Using spacers as a guide, lay one row of tiles all the way across the floor and another row of tiles perpendicular to the first row. Laying out the tile before setting it provides a good estimate of how much tile is needed and where you might run into problems along the floor.
With a good idea where the tile will fall, lift the first tiles and spread thinset with the notched trowel, make sure that you keep the towel at a 45-degree angle. Lay the tiles down slowly and carefully and make any corrections and adjustments while the thinset is wet. You must remember to insert spacers to ensure each tile has the same size gap.
Keep a wet rag and bucket of water nearby to clean up the thinset as you work. It is very difficult to clean after it dries. After tiling, finish the floor with grout.
And you are done!! Wait and let the whole floor cool off and dry naturally. Avoid any water splashing or heavy objects that may be dragged about during this time.
The result will be a brand new look that will keep you grounded to your kitchen!
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