It’s not that tiling is all that complicated, but if Glenno wasn’t there to show me what to do, I think this blog post would be written very differently…for you newbies to tiling, here are some tips I learned along the way:
- Whether or not you want them to be, natural stone tiles tend to be uneven (tip — swearing at the tiles won’t straighten them out). So, even if you yell at everyone around you to use spacers — not that I did this (yes I did), it’s super important to use your eye, and a level, to make sure you’re laying the tile right.
- You will likely embarrass yourself if you tell experienced people how to do stuff, when you yourself don’t know what you’re talking about (see note 1).
- If you love a bargain as much as I do then check out your local tile stores for remnants – these are extra tiles left over from other jobs. We were able get our tiles at a 50% discount.
- When ordering your tile, keep in mind that you may or may not cut a few pieces wrong, drop a brand new box and shatter some tiles, measure a few wrong (but be happy that you cut them the right size)… So, make sure to order enough so that you have some leftover.
- The prep work can be exhausting, which you may or may not realize until 2 days later when you are so sore you feel like a truck hit you.
- Don’t be scared to incorporate a simple design into your tile work! As long as you plan it in advance, it’s not super complicated and will make a big difference with the finished product.