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...]

How To Buy Home Light Bulbs On Line

Do you fully understand all the different shapes, sizes, attributes of light bulbs? Or do you have an expert in the family who does? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, then go over to the right side of this page and select a different home renovation, maintenance, electronics or energy conservation article within DailyHomeRenoTips.com from the election of our article categories. If you do not, then you just might be interested in a gold mine of easy to understand … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Final Floor Preparations

Smoothing Excess Dried Concrete Thin Set

The last step completed in this continuing series on the installation of new tile flooring in our front foyer and adjoining laundry room, was the laying of the concrete thin-set into the metal screen and allowing it to sufficiently dry over night and most of the next morning. Yet, before any of the tile is laid, there are a few more preparation steps which need to be done. First, Brian trimmed off the portions of the now dried concrete mixture to have a smooth surface upon which the tile … [Read more...]

Applying Thin-Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

Marking Initial Concrete Area

In our previous article in this floor tiling home renovation project, we had installed the metal tile screen onto the 1/2 inch plywood sub floor in preparation for the new large tiles. Today we quickly examine placing the thin-set concrete into the screen as the last step before the contractors can actually install the new floor tiles. Now, one doesn't need a lot of precision for this step. You just need to ensure you mix the right amount of water with the dry mix so the mud as they call … [Read more...]

Applying Metal Screen to Sub Floor for Tiling Support

Metal Screen For Tiles

In our last article within this floor tiling renovation project series, we had completed preparing the sub floors in both the front foyer and the adjoining laundry room. Now we are ready to install the metal screen which will help support the new large floor tiles. We haven't really talked about the actual floor tiles we have chosen for our front foyer and adjoining laundry room, have we? Well, we chose porcelain over ceramic for the additional strength which porcelain is supposed to … [Read more...]

Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles – Part 2

Plywood On Top of Exposed Closet Floor

In the previous article within this floor tiling project series, we say the initial preparation for the laundry room floor. Today we continue the floor preparation tasks. At this point in the floor preparation process, the 1/4 inch plywood is placed loose on the laundry room floor for two purposes. First , the area of the floor vent is marked off to identify where to cut the its opening. Remember, measure twice and cut once. Notice the two pairs of markings for the vent opening on the … [Read more...]

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