Dryall Repair – Remember to Prime Twice

One Coat of Primer Applied to Drywall Repair

Last time we showed the techniques we started to use in our effort to repair damaged drywall caused by changing the position of bath towel rack. Just because the holes are small does not mean that care does not need to be taken to do the job right. Yes, it is correct when they say that any job worth doing is worth doing well. :) So, this is the position of the repair home renovation project when we left it in our last article: If you recall, the steps we took to get us to the picture … [Read more...]

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...]

Color Coordinating Floor Tiles

Grey Floor Tile Against Dark Brown Hardwood

In the previous article within our floor tile home renovation project, we showed the solution to finishing the entrance from the sunken living room to the newly tiled front hall. With most of the tile installation tasks completed, I wanted to show you what our new front foyer and adjoining room looks like with our new over-sized floor tile. Now, here are two before pictures showing the front hall with the 23 year old original floor tile first from the entrance to the house and second from … [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 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 Laundry Room Floor Tiles

Laundry Room Tile Starting Point

In the previous article within our floor tile home renovation project series, it was decided that more concrete was needed to be laid down to level the floor before any further of the 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles were laid. Now, the contractors are ready to install the floor tile in the laundry room adjacent to the front foyer. The starting point at the beginning of the day is shown in the picture below. There are already two floor tiles laid at the door opening to the front … [Read more...]

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