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Making Your Own Tiles

A do it yourself tile project is enjoyable when you have the basic tools at hand, plus the enthusiasm and energy for home improvement activities. Tiles add color, charm, thematic flavor and a distinct look to where they are placed. In addition, tiles are often used as a makeover measure.

Checklist for a do it yourself tile project

The materials you will need for a do it yourself tile project are a multi-purpose thin-set, chalk trowel, spacers, level, tape measure, sponge, grout and float and a wet saw. Before proceeding, however, the surface where the tiles will be placed should be checked for cracks. You need to also check and make sure that the surface is level.

How to install do it yourself tiles

Review your tile layout and decide how to cover your least noticeable wall. Then measure the area to be covered, at the same time making the necessary adjustments to your pattern, if any. Next, draw a chalk line from each side of the work area and a cross line as well.

In mixing the thin-set, follow the package instructions. The thicker you mix the thin-set, the easier it will be handled. Beginning in the middle, trowel the thin-set using the trowel’s flat side. Use the trowel’s toothed-side to make ridges. Then set the tile on top of the thin set, flatten with the chalk line and push down slowly in place. Proceed with the next tile, and so forth, until you reach the wall.

When you have laid down all the tiles, allow the tiles to dry for at least 24 hours before grouting the tiles. To grout a tile means dropping a dollop on to the tile itself and gently pressing into the crevices with the use of the float. Any excess grout is wiped off using a moistened sponge. Drying of the grout takes another 24 hours.

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