I have visited many places around the world and seen beautiful examples of art created through ceramic tiles. Huge mosaics in places like Egypt show incredibly detailed depictions that showcase this often overlooked form of art at its finest.
Whilst I am not suggesting you could create anything on such a grand scale at home, you do still have the opportunity to express yourself with ceramic tiles in the kitchen, bathroom and other parts of your house.
However, many people feel reluctant to undertake such a project on their own. The majority of folks don’t feel confident that they can do these little projects but at the same time, they don’t want to pay someone to do it. One of those simple tasks that anyone can do is tiling the kitchen floor.
It is really not that challenging, but it is easy to believe you might make a mistake. One thing beyond doubt is that doing it yourself is not only giving you the opportunity to create something which is a truly unique expression of your personality – it is also going to save a lot of money, so there are practical benefits too.
When you fully grasp what to do and what not to do then it should be not any problem. If you choose to go for it, the first thing you need to think about is selecting the tile. You may even be amazed at the choices you will be confronted with. You will find that there will be many different types of tiles based on colors, sizes, textures, finishes and materials. There are some tiles that feature odd shapes or sizes which pushes you to stay with one company. When you choose a tile, it’s always based on your own personal aesthetics. But remember, once it is done, it just isn’t something that is easy to change. Before you get too far, you have to measure the area to be tiled, figuring out the best way to run the tile, and how it will work out for waste.
The actual size of the tile could have more or less waste, for example, a 6×6 inch tile may be a better fit than 4×4 tile. If you like to cut costs, figure it out so there is as little waste as is possible. Because you must tile around kitchen cabinets, you want to be sure you do it to scale so that you know exactly how many tiles you need. It is best to move the fridge out and tile that spot, rather than leaving it because most of it is never seen. By doing a bit of easy math, you can easily figure out how you can lay out your floor and know where to start. It’s essential to be exact from the very start or you are going to end up going crooked and having a bad looking floor. If you sketch two perpendicular lines that are parallel to the walls, you’ll be pretty safe. You need a point in the center, so if you work both ways, the cut pieces against each outside wall will be the same measurement.
It is advisable to have the walls using the same sized tile so it will look even. When you have the logistics identified, you can begin tiling. The adhesive you’ll need will depend on the type of floor you possess like wooden sub floor or concrete. A flexible adhesive is best for installing tile across wood. When the tiles are positioned and the adhesive has dried, then you can apply the grout, remove the excess and let it dry and now you have a new floor.