Are you looking to do kitchen renovations in Brisbane but realizing rapidly just how expensive it actually is? Have no fear. It is very possible and very simple for you to lay your own floor tile to achieve the look you have always dreamed of for your home. All you need are a few simple tools and supplies and these handy instructions to achieve the tiled floor of your wildest dreams.
The materials you will need are as follows:
- Your choice of tiles
- A premixed adhesive for the tiles, available at any home renovation store
- Tile spacers
- Sanded grout
- You will also need the following tools:
- Tile saw
- Tile trowel
- Grout float
- Plastic baggies
- (optional) Grout mixer
- (optional) Knee pads
The first thing you will want to determine is how you want your tiles to be laid out. You can have them perfectly straight, or you could lay them like bricks in a variety of alternating patterns. Diagonal tiling is also an option for your tiled floor. The easiest way to do this is to choose the regular straight tiles. The diagonal option is significantly more difficult, but still doable.
In order to achieve a balanced appearance, your best bet is to start in the center of the room. This way, each side will have some cut tiles rather than one having none and the other having all of them. Start by measuring both the tiles and the grout width that you chose. Do a full measurement of the room that you are tiling, and place your full tiles in the center. You will inevitably have spare space. Split that space evenly between the sides of the room. Knowing the dimensions of your room and tiles will help you achieve a uniform end effect.
In almost every case, you are going to wind up having to cut some tiles. Hand tools are not nearly as effective as a wet saw, which can be either rented or bought for this project. Measure your tiles and cut them as necessary, accounting for any necessary notches caused by door frames or baseboards. Do not feel like you need to cut all your tiles ahead of time. Cutting as you go will allow for a margin of error and prevent a ton of waste should there be an error in measurement.
Now, it is time to drag out that fancy tile adhesive. Grab your tile trowel and bucket of glue, because it is time to get to work. Use the tile trowel to evenly distribute the adhesive, but do not skip any spots. You want your tile to lay evenly and stick to the base. Place the tile down and press on it to adhere it to the floor surface. Use grout spacers to ensure that your tiles are accurately distanced from one another based on the spacing you initially chose.
Once you are finished tiling, it is time for sanded grout, which is easily created by adding small amounts of water at a time to the grout base and stirring. You want it to have a thick consistency. There is a really easy trick to grouting that anyone who has ever iced a cake might think of. Grab a large plastic baggie and put the grout in there, and then force it into one of the corners, twisting the remaining empty plastic baggie so that it functions like a pastry bag. Snip off a small bit of the corner and you are ready to get to work. Squeeze it into the cracks and smooth it with the float. Do not worry about the mess, you can wipe off the extra grout in about an hour. After that, let your floor dry for about two days, and voila, you have tiled your very own floor.