DIY dare-devil, Sarah Patterson, shows us how to try our hand at tiling at Hobbywhores #1!
One of the things that annoys a Hobbywhore the most is that sometimes she must hire someone and pay them a lot of money to come into her house and do a DIY job that, had she the confidence to DIH, she could be perfectly capable of. So we recruited Sarah of the Little Pink Kitchen
to come along to Hobbywhores #1 and tell us how she tiled her own kitchen using the world's sexiest tiles.
Sarah, what gear do we need?
A spirit level
A very straight piece of wood
Very good quality adhesive (so they don't slide off the wall)
A spreading tool for the adhesive (this leaves ridges which help the tile stick)
Tile spacers (you can improvise with matchsticks but don't)
Good quality grout (it's best to mix your own)
A rubber hammer, chisel and grout removing tool if you need to remove some old tiles
OK, where the fuck do we start?
Get a piece of very straight wood and lay it along the surface above which you want to tile. You need to check all the time using a spirit level that this is absolutely straight. Choose a point in the centre of the wall from which to start tiling and mark the position with an X. You do this so the pattern sits centrally with your eye-line.
Spread a small amount of adhesive on the wall and get an anchor tile in place. Put your tile spacers in and work around your tile, spreading more adhesive as you go. Once you are more confident you can do larger areas of adhesive.
How do I cut a tile?
If it's just a straight line you need, most tiles are desgined to snap when you score them with a scribing knife. But if you need something more complicated you can get hold of a tool called a diamond blade circular cutter.
How do I remove tiles?
You can buy a grout removing tool if you need to remove one or a couple of tiles carefully. Then using a rubber hammer and a chisel carefully remove the offending tiles. If you're starting from scratch you can go to town on that shit, starting from the edges. Make sure you protect any surfaces underneath if they are being kept!
How do I grout?
What until everything is dry before mixing your grout. You can fanny about with lots of different make-do tools but you're better just forking out for a grout spreader, which is like a squeegee. Work on small areas, pushing the grout into the spaces and creating a nice smooth line by running the end of a pencil or the edge of the tool along the join. Clean off all excess along the way and at the end or it will look crap.
Thanks to Sarah for inspiring us with all her lovely tools and encouraging us to give it a go!
Although Sarah is very good at tiling, it is not her day job - her main job is being a fabulous chef and providing a daily lunch delivery service. You can order grub to your office in Belfast here. Lush.