Tiling the Kitchen Floor

Finished the kitchen floor finally.  It was a fair bit of work to complete it, and like all other construction projects, there were some challenges that popped up.

20150807_142116 This is the floor when we started to pull up the two layers of linoleum flooring that were previously laid down. (Day 1).

Getting the floor up.

Getting the floor up.

This took a couple of days and was harder in some areas than others. (Approximately day 2).

20150813_110452 This was the floor after getting the other two layers of flooring up and putting down the Hardibacker boards and cutting them to fit while also staggering the edges and corners. This does not have thinset and has not been screwed in yet, that’s next. (Approximately day 3).

20150814_082553 This is the Hardibacker with screws, on top of thinset, and with the seams taped and covered with more thinset. (Approximately day 4).

20150815_000442This is with the room measured and centered with slight adjustments so that ends line up with the far wall and nearly half of a tile width is on each side. This is to ensure that you don’t have to cut lots of really thin pieces on one side and really wide ones on the other. These are the full tiles that have no cuts and are laid down first. (Approximately day 5).

20150822_092601This is with all of the cut pieces in place. I rented a tile saw from Ace Hardware for one day for $50.00 to cut the tiles. (Approximately day 6).

20150823_184500This is with the grout in place. (Approximately day 8).

Have cut some temporary transitions between the rooms adjacent to the kitchen, and I will do some more and stain them to match the other rooms where it matters.

Some lessons learned from this:

Ensure the floor is level before laying down thinset and Hardibacker board.

Sand down or lower the seams, otherwise they become fulcrums for the tiles and cause some edges to he higher than others if you don’t take extra care to embed them with the thinset when laying the tile.

Making sure the tiles are level as you go will help ensure that the grout insert and wipe up goes smoothly. This is where you will find your unlevel tiles.

Clean the grout up as you work, don’t let is sit long, it is hard work to get the grout off if you let it dry for too long.

I have heard that at the moment, the labor for this job runs about $7.50 per square foot, and then add materials. So we saved about $1500.00 by doing the work ourselves.

We wish you the best with your tile projects, and we’d be happy to share or answer questions with you if you have any. Cheers!

The best resources I found to guide my work efforts were on YouTube, especially the Home Depot DIY videos.


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