Planning For a Successful Tiling Project
Tiles are not only decorative but they are practical to use in the bathroom due to their durability, longevity and ease of cleaning. The only problem with tile is that you cannot hide your mistakes because it`s right in front of you.
Therefore it is import to plan your cuts, colors, awkward areas, and sizes if you are mix and matching tile sizes. Here are seven tips you can use to help your tiling go a little smoother.
1. Tiling Planning Secret
When tiling your bathroom floor, you should always tile in two halves. This is done because you should never walk on a newly tiled surface until the adhesive is dry. Using this methodology you can still use one half of the room while the other half dries.
2. Attaching Fixtures to Bathroom Tile
Here`s a little know trade tip. Before you drill, place masking tape over the spot where the bathroom fixture will be affixed. Next drill through the tape into the wall this will invariably prevent the drill from slipping on the slick surface.
3. Broken Tiles
Wait don`t throw out those broken tile pieces! They may be broken but they are still useful. Shape those remaining shard with tile nippers into beautiful mosaic patterns that can be used to complement the tile on your walls and floors.
Hang in frames on your walls, decorate plant pots and other containers or create random patterns on bare walls, let your creativity take over.
4. Positioning Small Fixtures on Tile
Here`s a simple trick, the next time you want to temporarily attach a fixture to your wall, use double sided tape. You can then move it in different heights while you try to figure out the best position prior to mounting the fixture.
5. Coordinating Tiles With Your Bathroom Decor
Tiles can be used to make a bold color statement. To balance and complement the effect, paint a piece of furniture to reflect some of those colors, thus coordinating the embellishment.
6. Adding Interest To Tile
If you choose a less complex design, you can still add interest to the overall design by introducing a simple theme into the mix through the use of relief tiles (slightly raised surface designs) or using picture tiles which should be used sparingly so as not to distract from the rest of the decor.
7. Tiling Over Existing Tiles
Believe it or not old tiles make an excellent base for new tiles as long as they are not damaged or cracked. Just wash the old tiles with TSP and after they have dried, sand them down with fine sandpaper to create a primed surface for adhering the new tiles.
An important thing to remember is to make sure that the new tiles join in different places than the old tile underneath.
Tiled areas tend to be permanent fixtures and due to the initial expense are rarely replaced so plan ahead and prepare well because these wall covering will be around for a while. With improved modern techniques and user-friendly equipment, tiling might not be as difficult as you think, so go ahead and give it a try.