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DIY – Tile Flooring in the Living Room

Americans generally reserve tile flooring for the kitchen or the bathroom. But if you’ve ever spent time in a Mexican hacienda, you know the deep, exotic pleasure of walking barefoot across beautiful tiles in a space not meant for dripping dishwater or stepping out of the shower.

My husband and I honeymooned in San Miguel de Allende, in a villa with Saltillo tile flooring. When we bought a house last year with some ratty carpeting in the living room, we started wondering, what’s stopping us from recreating that here?

At first we were looking at terra cotta colored ceramic tiles, with the idea of bringing our honeymoon into our home in as exact a replica as possible. Honestly, I think we would have loved that, too. Those were the most romantic days of our lives, after all.

But we live in Portland, Oregon, where the rain falls and the grass grows green, and it seemed a little out of place. We wanted a tile floor that referenced Mexico, but also honored Portland. You know, Be Here Now.

Then we happened upon natural stone tiles, and we fell in love all over again. We chose a random sized mosaic of sliced pebbles in a shade of green called “Taipei” (after the capital of Taiwan) that reminded us for all the world of creek beds on hikes we take in the Oregon mountains.

Here is a little tutorial on DIY tile flooring, based on our experience. We’ve been walking across our pebbled living room for six months now, and I swear I’ve never felt so much peace in a non-vacation home. Married bliss, or just one fine damn floor? A little of both, if we do say so, ourselves.

1. Make sure the floor is clean. Get on your hands and knees and scrub, basically. Dust, oil, wax or grease will prevent the tile adhesive from working properly.

2. Work from the center as you plan your layout. You want any cut tiles at the wall edges. (Ideally you want the cut tiles at each end of the room to be the same size, but with our pebble mosaics, we didn’t have to worry about this.)

3. Lay all the whole tiles first. When you are ready to do all the cut tile, go and hire a professional tile cutter. Seriously. I won’t name names, but a certain someone I’ve vowed to love through sickness and health, etc. thought he could cut the tiles himself with his circular saw, and basically, long story short, we had to order another batch of tiles. Live and learn!

4. Grouting pebble mosaics is time-consuming, I won’t lie. It’s also a little tricky. This tip is important: SEAL THE PEBBLE TILE BEFORE YOU GROUT. Because the pebbles have a natural finish, they absorb the grout. Insert frowny face here. But if you seal the tiles (once the adhesive dries), voila, no absorption. Insert happy face.

5. Cover the entire tile with grout. Gulp. Wait 20 minutes. Wipe with a damp sponge till it’s pretty again. Hey perfectionist, don’t wipe so hard that the grout between the pebbles disappears!

6. Allow the grouted tile flooring to dry for 24 hours. For the first few of those hours, go out for a drink, you two. You deserve it.

7. Seal it.

8. Hi, honey, I’m home? You can leave your hat on, but please, leave your shoes by the door.

Installation of Garage Tile Flooring

Few years back garages were not considered as place that need to look beautiful. People left them ignored during home remodeling and decoration. But now trends have been changed and people have realized that garage renovation is necessary to generate lively atmosphere. Garage tile flooring is very beneficial and easy idea to improve appearance of garage. Tiles are available in various colors and patterns. One major advantage of garage tile flooring is its easy installation. Even you can do it on your own. On the other hand covering garage floor with different coating materials such as Epoxy, Polyurethane, Acrylic Sealer/Stain and Latex are difficult to do it on your own rather you need professional contractor to get the job done. This will add up labor charges and contractor fee in project cost that may not suitable for every one’s budget.

Important Guideline for Installation of Garage Tile Flooring

A good type of flooring not only gives stunning look to your garage rather it also allow you to clean it in easy way. If you spend lot of time in your garage due to your personal interests you will definitely want to make your garage beautiful, spacious and easily manageable. Suitable garage tile flooring will help you a lot in this regard.

One can hire a professional to get it done. But if you properly plan and organize the things you can do garage tile flooring on your own. Following are some important guidelines that will help you if you are interested in installation of garage tile flooring on your own.

• The first step is to decide that what style and color you like for your garage. Flooring tiles are available in number of different colors and textures. You can design your own pattern with different colors.

• At second stage you need to get familiar with basic tools and materials related to this project. For example you need a mallet, utility knife, tape measure, chalk line and pair of knee pads.

• Self confidence is also necessary to accomplish the project. You must be confident enough and think that installation is simple.

• Start working at the centre of your floor and move outwards. Continue installation in circular pattern.

• Mallet will help you to support proper fixing of tiles if they do not fix properly.

• While working your pattern and when you reach on the edge you must need smaller tiles. For this purpose utility knife will help you to cut the tiles according to required space.

• Floor coatings can be damaged with moisture. But tiles do not get affected by moisture. Tiles are installed on the top of existing floors they do not stick on the floor. Due to this no glue bubbling occurs.

• Tiles floor must be cleaned on regular basis with light chemicals. Avoid infrequent cleaning with strong chemicals. This will increase life of garage tile floors.