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Home remodeling is an exciting and horrifying thing to go through. Yes, you want everything to look as you want it to, but do you really want to go through the process to make it look that way? Probably not. My blog is all about surviving a renovation project in your home. You will learn tips that will make it an easier process for your entire family. I have even included some easy to follow instructions for creating a make-shift kitchen to help you survive kitchen renovations without getting to know the pizza delivery guy more than you should.


surviving home renovation projects

How To Fix A Broken Tile From Your Kitchen Floor

Maykel Sloothaak

If you have a broken tile in your kitchen, then don't fret. With the correct tools you can easily fix the problem. It will take a bit of planning, but once everything is assembled, you can complete the task in less than one hour.

Parts List

The first list of parts are easy to get. They don't have to be particular to your kitchen tile, so you can find them in any home improvement store.

  • Grout Scrapper
  • Safety Glasses
  • Grout Float
  • Hammer
  • Flat Edged Screwdriver (or small pry-bar)
  • Trowel
  • Premixed Thinset
  • Bucket
  • Sponge

The last two items are specific to your particular kitchen.

  • Grout
  • Replacement Tile

These two items must match the rest of your kitchen floor. The easiest way to make sure you get the right tile and grout is to take a photo and bring it to the store with you. If you want to be certain that the tile matches, then you can remove the tile and bring it with you to the store. In some instances, the store might have to special order the tile for you.

Remove Your Old Tile

Put on your safety glasses and begin to scrape out the old grout. You want to free up all four sides. If the tile is completely loose and can be removed, then great. But if not, then use the hammer to break up the tile. Be careful to hit the tile in the center and try not to come close to surrounding tile.

Use the screwdriver  or pry-bar to pop up the broken pieces. Place them all in the bucket so that you can easily dispose of them later.

Scrape Down The Old Thinset

Professionals use an electric thinset scraper. These are very expensive. If you're only doing one tile there is no need to rent one. Use the large flat edged screwdriver, or pry bar, and scrape up the old thinset.

Apply New Thinset

Use the trowel to apply the new thinset according to the directions on the container.

Lay Your Tile Down In Place

Lay the tile down onto the thinset. Make sure it is lined up evenly. Once the thinset hardens it is too late to adjust anything.

Apply Grout

Use the float and apply the grout. Make sure all the edges have been filled.

Sponge Off The Excess Grout

Dampen the sponge and then use it to wipe off the excess grout. Don't use a sponge that is too wet because it can ruin the grout. The sponge just needs to be damp enough to wipe up the grout from the surface of the tiles.