How To Tile A Kitchen
Are you thinking about adding new tile to your kitchen wall? You have probably looked at many different examples including natural stone, glass, porcelain and even metal. Some of these options might provide you with the look that you are wanting to achieve, but installing the tile is a completely different issue. Unless you have experienced as a contractor, or if you have laid tile before, you might be able to do an exceptional job. However, if you lack the skills necessary to install the tile, you might need to hire a professional. If that is out of the budget, don’t worry! It’s actually not that hard to do. Let’s take a look at four easy steps on how to tile a kitchen, steps that will allow you to do this on your own.
Purchasing Your Tile And Materials
The preliminary step is getting everything that you need in order to get the project started. You’ll need to purchase the tile that you want for your kitchen at your local home improvement store, or a specialty tile company like UniqueTiles. Keep in mind that porcelain and ceramic are much more expensive than vinyl, or even laminate, therefore make a choice based upon what will be aesthetically pleasing, as well as what you can afford. You are also going to need grout, a couple boxes or tubs of premixed mortar, and also an assortment of tools including knee pads, a square, a level, possibly a tile cutter, a notched trowel, a utility knife and a couple large buckets with a sponge. Once you have all of this material, and have thoroughly cleaned the kitchen, you will be ready to start the tiling process.
Mixing The Mortar
The next step is to mix the mortar that you will use to secure your tile to the floor. It should be relatively thick, similar to mod in its consistency, yet thin enough to easily come off of the trowel. You will want to spread a thin layer of mortar on the floor evenly, using wide sweeping motions. If you need to put a cement board in place to reinforce the floor first, do this before you begin to mortar. After the mortar dries, you will want to use your tools to begin drawing vertical and horizontal reference lines. This is easy if you have a mason’s chalk line that can snap the lines into place in just a few minutes.
Laying The Tile
Now that you have your guideline in place, it’s time to start laying tile. You will want to start at the opposite end of the kitchen, working your way toward the entryway. You will need to mix up another batch of mortar and spread it thinly following the rows or lines that you have laid out. You also want to make sure that you leave room for tile spacers, the area where the grout will be added. Make sure that you press down on the tile to ensure that no air bubbles are beneath. As you do each row, add the spacers, and continue backing up toward the entryway.
Adding The Grout
The final step of the process is adding the grout between the tiles. Simply pull the tile spacers 1-2 mm out, and fill the gaps with grout, adding it in rows, and backing up, the same way that you did when laying the tiles. Be sure to wipe the grout lines with a moistened sponge to remove any excess and to keep it level. After a couple days, the grout will have fully cured, and you can seal the grout to complete the project.
This quick tutorial on how to tile a kitchen should provide you with the steps necessary to tile your kitchen on your own. Although it might be easier to hire a contractor, if it is a small kitchen, you can probably do this even if you don’t have prior experience. Using this simple tutorial on how to tile a kitchen, you should be able to complete the entire project in just a couple days. If you would like to have custom tiles made to your specification with your favorite designs, you can find out more information on how to get tiles created per your exact specifications by contacting UniqueTiles today.