This is the first time I’ve ever laid floor tile. I was quite nervous about it, and put the job off for about five months. I like the end results, but maybe this blog should be called how NOT to lay floor tile.Also, because I was the one doing the work and taking the pictures, I didn’t get any nice shots of the actual process. Something about not wanting to wreck my camera held me back.
Anyway, here’s what I did.
I read a bunch of books. I was going to list them all here, but have already packed them all away and can’t remember the titles.
Apparently what you are supposed to do is lay down a level, strong sub-floor. The books go into some detail about this. I didn’t because the surface I was working with was a level concrete.
I decided to use a decorative boarder rather than trust my ability to cut tile just right. That turned out to be a good decision for other reasons, too. I’ll say more about that next week.To get the pieces for the decorative boarder I went out to the back stoop and flung around a few tiles. They broke fairly nicely, but later I found it was possible to get a similar effect by abusing a tile cutter, and the tile cutter didn’t cause chipping.
Like a good cook, I laid out all the things I would need and double checked my list:
* A bucket to mix the mortar in
* A trowel to mix and lay the mortar
* Another to smooth out then make the little ridges in the mortar
* Little blue thingies to keep the tile separated just right. (They looked so cute in the store I had to get them.)
* Tile cutter
I’m wishing I had gone with the latex. It’s supposed to make the grout stronger. Again, I’ll tell you more about that later.
I laid the tile out in a rough pattern first to see how it would look. In the process I discovered the room is not perfectly square. I also discovered a decorative boarder doesn’t necessarily take care of the problem.
Afraid it would set me back another 6 months if I thought about it, I went ahead and mixed up the mortar.