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.
day 1: pulling up the lino floor - luckily it came up fairly easily
lino ripped installing the dishwasher
bare floor beneath lino
preparing the floor tile adhesive - getting the mixture and consistency right is the key to putting them down and making them level
tiling ingredients - adhesive, clean water, mallet, trowel, level, adhesive scraper
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
cutting tiles using a $30 cutter
start of day 2: finish floor and do splashbacks
dining room - before
everyone needs a gorgeous assistant!
tiling the splashback using large sheets of small tiles
dining room - after
kitchen tiling all completed
day 3 - grouting - white grout mixture
before and after grout
grouting the floor with dark grey (charred ash)
smearing the grout into the floor
filled the larger gaps at the side with grout
day 4: cleaned all the excess grout off and the kitchen tiling is done!