D.I.dYke project 2 – tile the kitchen

So Christmas rolled around recently bringing with it 10-14 days of perfect renovating time. There’s only so much you can do in a weekend (around softball, social life, family, sleeping, smooching…) so on the first day of our holiday we decided it was time to tile the kitchen.

When we first installed the kitchen 12 months ago, funds were tight so we went for a lino black and white check floor. Within weeks the floor was marking up and even ripped when we installed the fridge and dishwasher, so it was quickly decided we would rip it up and tile… eventually.

Well, eventually finally arrived.

 

didyke tiling kitchen 1 - ripping up floor lino

day 1: pulling up the lino floor - luckily it came up fairly easily

didyke tiling kitchen 2 - lino ripped from installing the dishwasher

lino ripped installing the dishwasher

didyke tiling kitchen 3 - floor beneath lino

bare floor beneath lino

didyke tiling kitchen 4 - preparing the floor tile adhesive

preparing the floor tile adhesive - getting the mixture and consistency right is the key to putting them down and making them level

didyke tiling kitchen 5 - tiling ingredients

tiling ingredients - adhesive, clean water, mallet, trowel, level, adhesive scraper

didyke tiling kitchen 6 - tiling the floor black and white check

tiling the floor black and white check - using tile spacers to get them even and ensuring each one is level with those around it before moving on

didyke tiling kitchen 7 - cutting tiles using a 30 dollar cutter

cutting tiles using a $30 cutter

didyke tiling kitchen 8 - start of day two finish floor and do splashbacks

start of day 2: finish floor and do splashbacks

didyke tiling kitchen 9 - dining room

dining room - before

didyke tiling kitchen 10 - my gorgeous assistant

everyone needs a gorgeous assistant!

didyke tiling kitchen 11 - tiling the splashback using large sheets of small tiles

tiling the splashback using large sheets of small tiles

didyke-tiling-kitchen-12 - splashback done in dining room

dining room - after

didyke tiling kitchen 13 - kitchen tiling done

kitchen tiling all completed

didyke tiling kitchen 14 - white grout mixture

day 3 - grouting - white grout mixture

didyke tiling kitchen 15 -before and after grout

before and after grout

didyke tiling kitchen 16 - grouting the floor with dark grey

grouting the floor with dark grey (charred ash)

didyke tiling kitchen 17 - grout the floor

smearing the grout into the floor

didyke tiling kitchen 18 - filled larger gaps at the side with grout

filled the larger gaps at the side with grout

didyke tiling kitchen 19 - done

day 4: cleaned all the excess grout off and the kitchen tiling is done!

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