Friday, November 15, 2013

Kitchen Renovation: Tiling the Kitchen Floor Part 2

24 hours later, the thinset and hardibacker are begging for tile! 

First things first, it is time to create a grid. With Lilli's help, I started by measuring the longest wall, found its midpoint and marked it. I did the same on the opposite wall. Next, I snapped a chalk line between the two midpoints using Irwin Strait-line. I repeated this for the other two walls as well. 

Next, I had to determine whether or not the room was actually square. From the intersection of the two lines, I marked one of the lines at 3 ft. Then I measured and marked the other line 4 ft from the intersection.
The distance between the two marks should be 5 ft if the room is square.
Who knew tiling would require so much high school math? 

Moment of Truth: 5 feet...Hooray! Our room is square.
Time to Tile.
After trialing several layouts (and a vote on instagram!), we opted for a classic brick pattern.

And so the tile laying began. 

We started in the right lower corner in the room, and worked in quadrants. 
Ty cut & measured tiles while I laid thinset and placed each tile. 

Despite buying an extra case of tile and improperly cutting ONE tile, 
we were short ONE TILE at the end of a very long night! 

This portion of the project took a solid 8 hours, but we officially have a kitchen floor. 
We are tired and happy.
Goodnight all!

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  1. The floors look awesome!! Where did you get the tile?

    1. Thank you!! We got the tile at Lowe's and I believe they still stock it. It is Galvano Charcoal Tile. Price point is great too. Good luck with your project!


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