Sunday, August 9, 2009

Adventures of Tiling a Kitchen

This weekend we were able to prep and lay all the tile for our new kitchen floor. With cabinets on the way this week, we knew we would have to get this one done quickly and right so's not to hold anyone up.

We spent the previous weekend combing about seven different tile/flooring stores in SLC and settled on five or six finalists that made it back to the house for final judging. On Thursday night we laid them all out in the kitchen. Using our counter and cabinet samples, we systematically eliminated tiles based on color (too dark, too red, too wrong) and finish (too shiny, too many grooves, too wrong) until we landed on the undeniable winner.

We also spent Thursday sweeping, vacuuming, and swiffering every square inch of the floor, a week of drywallers will leave you with loads of dust.

Snap shot of floors, in all their tar and felt glory, prepped and ready for the next step.


Given the nature of the original surface and that fact that floors in old homes are rarely level and walls are almost never really straight, our next order of business was to lay backer board to help even the playing field.


Because we settled on a diamond pattern for the floor, we knew that we would need several half and quarter tiles for around the edges. Janice anticipated this and only had to cut two more tiles last minute.

Then the process became chalk the line, line one up, spread the mastic, place the tile, adjust the tile, add the spacers, grab a "second set of eyes," and continue. Cole, a tile-laying virgin, was a model student and within a few tiles was laying them like a champ. Randy was amazing too.


Lest you think Janice and I were slacking on the job, we were busy priming and painting the kitchen walls, moving the sprinklers every 30 minutes, handing spacers and prepping next week's work space...


But until then, there is a looksy at the kitchen tiles ready for grout on Monday.

7 comments:

Waggoner Family said...

It looks great! I know it is so much work fixing up your home, but it is also a little bit fun knowing you will be in soon! I wish I was there to help and see the finished masterpiece! Love you and miss you!

Becca said...

way to go you guys! tiling was one thing we didn't end up doing, but prepping the floor for new hardwood seriously was the longest part of getting our house renovated-aye aye aye! so exciting, you're doing an awesome job...hang in there!!! :)

Katie said...

I'm impressed! Great work.

Carissa said...

Holy cow! You guys are working HARD! It looks amazing though. I'm sure impressed!

Jar & Ash said...

Wowzers! Looks so good! Can't wait to see you guys!

Cameron, Shannon Voge said...

Love it, love it, love it! You guys have your work cut out for you, but it looks great!! Owning a home keeps you busy!

Heather said...

Congrats on your new home. That is awesome you guys bought a home!