How To Install Oversized Floor Tiles

Old Light Floor Tile Against Dark Hardwood Flooring

A few days ago we provided a summary of the many articles we wrote about preparing both a previously tiled floor as well as one covered with linoleum for new oversized floor tiles. Today, we provide you with the listing of the articles, with many pictures, we wrote about the installation of oversized 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles upon completing the many steps involved with first preparing both floors. As a reminder,our floor tiling project began with 23 year old tiled flooring in our … [Read more...]

How To Prepare Tiled Floor For Re-Tiling

Front Foyer Old Tile - View From Kitchen

How do you properly prepare an already tiled floor for new floor tiles? Well, personally I don't. However, last summer I had a tile company come and install the oversized 24 inch by 24 inch porcelain floor tiles in our front hallway and adjoining laundry room. Here is a picture or two of the starting point. The front hallway already had 23 year old original floor tile which came with the house. In the adjoining laundry room there was linoleum flooring. So, what steps were … [Read more...]

Color Coordination – Color Coordinating Floor Vent Register With Floor Tiles

Black Floor Vent Register on Charcoal Tile

In the previously article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, we wrote about the technique used to secure the grout between the tile and the wood of the adjacent stairs wood hand railing. Today, we wanted to cover coordinating the color of the floor vent register with the new dark charcoal over-sized floor tiles. Here is the a picture where we used the original vent cover in the newly tiled laundry room: Typically, floor vent registers are not meant to be … [Read more...]

Caulking On Top Of Floor Tile Grout

Floor Tile Againt Wooden Hand Rail Base

In the last article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, we showed and discussed the need to paint the baseboard trim after the floor tile was installed. Today, we look at a technique I had not previously come across. Apologies in advance as most of the pictures in this article are just a little blurry. OK, OK, a lot blurry. Sorry. Now to me, this part of our newly installed porcelain tiled front hallway floor looks finished. It has the grout nicely applied between the … [Read more...]

Finishing The Baseboard Trim

Cracked Baseboard Paint

We showed the finished and cleaned over-sized floor tiles in our previous article within this floor tile home renovation project series. Today, we need to return to deal with the baseboard trim. The one part which the contractors were not willing to do was to paint the baseboard trim once they installed the new floor tile. We had two options, either have them: Install quarter round trim against the existing wood baseboard trim once the new floor tile had been laid and … [Read more...]

Solution To Covering Open Floor By Sunken Room

Unfinished Floor Tile Edge by Sunken Room

Last time we looked at the finishing solution used on the vertical stairway riser by the newly laid floor tile. Today we have a similar dilemma for the edge of the newly laid hallway floor tile at the end of the sunken living room. Here is a picture of the sunken living room entrance to the front hall before the floor tiling renovation project began. And now here is a picture of the same area once the new floor tile has been laid in the front hall. Notice the difference? … [Read more...]

Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

Basement Stair Riser Exposed After Floor Tile Removed

In our previous article within this floor tiling home renovation series, we looked at the completion of the laying floor tile along the hallway floor edge to a sunken living room and along the edge of the front door. Today I wanted to focus on the situation by the open stairway from the front hall to the basement. Here is a picture of this area just after the old floor tile was removed at the start of this home renovation or make over project. Remember, that from an earlier … [Read more...]

Laying The Last Of The Tiles

Border Needed

In the last floor tiling article, we looked at the laying of the triple glass tile border around the smaller 18 inch by 18 inch porcelain floor tile, as well as finishing the tile in the floor of both closets. In this article, we see the last of the floor tiles laid in our front hallway and adjoining laundry room. Now, as fortune and a little bit of planning would have it, once the full tiles were laid, starting from the hallway entrance from the kitchen, we were left with a gap of … [Read more...]

Laying Floor Tile For Basement Stairs Edge, Closets and Tile Insert

Metal Floor Tile Edge

Last time in our continuing floor tiling home renovation project we saw much of the floor in the front foyer and laundry room covered with the large 24 inch by 24 inch porcelain floor tiles. Today we see the remaining floor areas completed. First, notice the use of a metal edger against the two tiles by the stairway to the basement. It was decided that since the door handles inside the house, the faucets, shower heads, etc. were all either brushed nickel or chrome that we would go … [Read more...]

Newly Tiled Floor Takes Shape

Floor Tiling Project Resumes

In the previous article within our floor tiling home renovation project series, we discussed the issue, or non issue as it were, with the hairline cracks in the additional supporting base cement. Today I thought I would pause in talking about any particular installation aspect and show you the progression made by Mike, one of the installation professionals installing our new front hall and adjoining laundry room tiled floor. The above picture is pretty much where we left off last time, … [Read more...]

Hairline Cracks In Floor Tile Cement Base

Initial Cracks in Floor Tile Supporting Concrete

In the last article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, much but not all of the laundry room floor was tiled. This was the day after additional cement mixture was placed on top of the recently added metal screen intended to support the new large floor tiles. The theory was that the weight of the 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles would not be supported by additional cement mixture needed on top of the metal screen to level the tiles due to a minor slope in the particle … [Read more...]

Starting To Lay Floor Tile

Chalk Line

In the prior article within our floor tiling home renovation project series, the preparation of floor in the front foyer and adjoining laundry room had been completed. The project is now ready to start the tile laying task. Where to start? Where to lay the first tile? Well, since the visual focal point of the new floor was to be the tile insert in the middle of the front foyer, one needs to start at one end and build up towards that focal point. So, it was decided to begin at the … [Read more...]

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