D.I.dYke project 2 – tile the kitchen

6 Jan

So Christmas rolled around recently bringing with it 10-14 days of perfect renovating time. There’s only so much you can do in a weekend (around softball, social life, family, sleeping, smooching…) so on the first day of our holiday we decided it was time to tile the kitchen.

When we first installed the kitchen 12 months ago, funds were tight so we went for a lino black and white check floor. Within weeks the floor was marking up and even ripped when we installed the fridge and dishwasher, so it was quickly decided we would rip it up and tile… eventually.

Well, eventually finally arrived.

didyke tiling kitchen 1 - ripping up floor lino
day 1: pulling up the lino floor – luckily it came up fairly easily
didyke tiling kitchen 2 - lino ripped from installing the dishwasher
lino ripped installing the dishwasher
didyke tiling kitchen 3 - floor beneath lino
bare floor beneath lino
didyke tiling kitchen 4 - preparing the floor tile adhesive
preparing the floor tile adhesive – getting the mixture and consistency right is the key to putting them down and making them level
didyke tiling kitchen 5 - tiling ingredients
tiling ingredients – adhesive, clean water, mallet, trowel, level, adhesive scraper
didyke tiling kitchen 6 - tiling the floor black and white check
tiling the floor black and white check – using tile spacers to get them even and ensuring each one is level with those around it before moving on
didyke tiling kitchen 7 - cutting tiles using a 30 dollar cutter
cutting tiles using a $30 cutter
didyke tiling kitchen 8 - start of day two finish floor and do splashbacks
start of day 2: finish floor and do splashbacks
didyke tiling kitchen 9 - dining room
dining room – before
didyke tiling kitchen 10 - my gorgeous assistant
everyone needs a gorgeous assistant!
didyke tiling kitchen 11 - tiling the splashback using large sheets of small tiles
tiling the splashback using large sheets of small tiles
didyke-tiling-kitchen-12 - splashback done in dining room
dining room – after
didyke tiling kitchen 13 - kitchen tiling done
kitchen tiling all completed
didyke tiling kitchen 14 - white grout mixture
day 3 – grouting – white grout mixture
didyke tiling kitchen 15 -before and after grout
before and after grout
didyke tiling kitchen 16 - grouting the floor with dark grey
grouting the floor with dark grey (charred ash)
didyke tiling kitchen 17 - grout the floor
smearing the grout into the floor
didyke tiling kitchen 18 - filled larger gaps at the side with grout
filled the larger gaps at the side with grout
didyke tiling kitchen 19 - done
day 4: cleaned all the excess grout off and the kitchen tiling is done!
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One Response to “D.I.dYke project 2 – tile the kitchen”

  1. Jamie Zimmerman January 11, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    That is how I want to do my kitchen floor!! What are your tiles made of? I was looking at commercial tile but they only come in 12×12 squares & I’d like smaller. It would be a lot of work to have to cut down every 12×12 square. Looking for good quality tile that will last for years. I was even thinking of adding some random yellow & red to the mix. My kitchen is vintage 1948.

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