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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 Lay Kitchen Tile

Maykel Sloothaak

When thinking about a kitchen renovation or remodel, one of the common changes to make is with the flooring. This could mean replacing your current tile floors with new tile to give your kitchen a fresh look. 

Kitchen remodeling projects like this one are easy to do providing you've got the right tools for the job. However, they can take a few days to complete, so be sure to do this job on a weekend when you've got plenty of time to devote to the project. These are the steps to laying new tile in your kitchen.

Remove the current tile

The first step in any tile job is to remove the old tile. Kitchen tile and counter tile can be removed in the same way. To do this, you'll need a hammer and a chisel, as well as a large bucket for setting the scraps aside.

Hammer your chisel down into the grout that binds the tiles together. You'll find that with a little bit of force that the grout will chip and the tiles will come free. Once you've lifted a few pieces, you'll find that the other pieces come free fairly easily. You can also use your chisel to lift the tile from underneath. Set the tiles in your bucket until the entire surface is cleared. 

When the whole surface is cleared then you'll need to clean the floor by chipping away any leftover grout with your chisel. 

Prep the subfloor

Once your floor surface is cleared of the old tile and free of any leftover grout you can start prepping the subfloor for laying the new tile. This means putting down a layer of mortar and installing the tile on top.

Mix the mortar according to the manufacturer's instructions until you have a thick, paste-like substance and spread it on your subfloor using a trowel. Work in sections, starting in the far corner of the kitchen and working back to an exit and use the serrated edge of your trowel to scrape comb the mortar, giving it a rough, combed texture. 

Lay the new tile

After you've laid a small section of mortar you can place the tiles on top and firmly press them into the mortar. Use tile spacers when performing this part of the job so that the tiles are spaced evenly and accurately. Continue on with this method until your entire floor is covered with new tile. 

You may find that you'll need to cut some pieces of tile to fit your specific surface. To do this, use a circular saw with a tile cutting blade, which will prevent any chips to the tiles. When the surface is tiled, you can use a wet cloth to clean any excess mortar from the surface. Be sure to give the mortar several days to cure before heavy foot traffic.

If you need help with your remodeling project, consider contacting a professional like those at Personal Touch Kitchens, Inc.