Demo day three and we’re laying tile. And by “we” I mean Rimmel. It was only after he was done that he told me he had never laid floor tile before. He has only done wall and counter tile but you’d never know it. He just gets this stuff. He definitely knew what he was doing.
He started by mixing the thinset according to the manufacturers instructions. The layer of thinset leveled the floor and filled holes left from the previously demoed rebar.
He poured the thinset and leveled it.
After letting the thinset dry overnight he laid out the tiles.
He didn’t use spacers, or too many of the typical tools a professional tile installer would use. He didn’t want to spend the money for just four tiles. So…we laid the grout ghetto-fabulous style. First, we color matched the grout. I typically call out for grout by Custom Building Products. Their product is easy to use and readily available. They have a wide variety of color selections to choose from. #380 Haystack was the closest match to the existing grout.
We mixed according to Custom’s directions. (My camera was getting repaired so please forgive the random photo sizes from my cell phone :))
And the ghetto-fabulous grout job. Just shove it in the cracks. Please don’t try this on a large tile job. Maybe don’t even try it at all. Maybe call a professional. In my opinion, a good tile guy is worth his pay. Tiling large areas is not as easy as it looks, and certainly not as easy as this post is making it look. Don’t be afraid to try it but don’t be fooled by our ghetto-ness either. 😉
So up next, the wall repair! Oh, and lighting. I’m searching out chandelier ideas. Then we will move in the communal kitchen table and begin entertaining. So looking forward to it! Who’s coming for dinner?
Have you ever laid tile? Leave a comment here and tell me how it went. I love hearing from you!