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What I Learned About Tiling

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

first time using a tile cutter = success!

design only cost an extra $20

prep work included gutting the bathroom and putting up new “green board” and hardiboard down

easy even tiles 🙂


About LoveAtFirstSite

Some people love dogs, some people love cars, but not me. I love dirt. I'm pretty sure it's not the first thing you think when you see me, but it's true--I really love dirt. Although, I'm picky about where my dirt comes from. Construction sites are perfect, backyards are OK, but the streets of NYC not so much. So now that you know that I love dirt, you may want to know why. I've been on and off construction sites since I was little. And here's a picture to prove it. I recently quit my public relations job in NYC in the pursuit of cleaner dirt. I love home renovations and remodeling, and I've been working closely with my dad who has been in the business for 40 plus years to learn everything I can. I’m also a full-time residential real estate agent in the Greater Fairfield area. I’m dragging my fiancé, Neil, along for the ride too. For those of you who know us, thanks for reading. And for those of you who don’t, welcome to our house flipping, home remodeling, suburbanite lives! Alana Brier | Newtown, CT | 203.304.4235 |


One thought on “What I Learned About Tiling

  1. Great tips! I really enjoy tiling but I do scream a lot! A LOT! My poor husband stays far away… until I scream that he’s no help… and then “he’s hovering”. It’s fun but I’m a nightmare to tile with. The results are worth the pain (he thinks so too!) The tile saw is fun too but makes “him” nervous watching me. I dig it!
    I’m with you, the prep work is a killer (I guess that’s most jobs, though) HA HA!
    Great job… it looks awesome.

    Posted by Stacey | June 11, 2012, 1:01 pm

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