Tiling on a Budget: Getting the Tiled Bathroom You Really Want, DIY-Style
When You DIY, You Have Complete Control – That Includes Tiling
If you’re redoing your bathroom, then odds are you already have in mind what you want the result to look like. This means you probably also have an idea of what type of tile you want to use. When it comes to the tiling in a bathroom remodel project, you basically have two options: you can hire a professional, or you can take the DIY approach.
Tiling your own bathroom places you in complete control of the project. It also helps you save a lot of money, which is crucial if you’re renovating on a budget. Once you master the art of tiling, it also ensures your bathroom turns out exactly the way you want it to look. Here are some tips to help you do a professional tiling job on a budget when you’re ready to tackle a bathroom redesign project.
Know How Much Material You Will Need Before Tiling
One thing that can crush a budget is buying more supplies that what’s needed to complete the job. From too many tiles to too much adhesive, there are several ways you can ruin your budget from the start. To help you avoid this problem, make sure you accurately measure the square footage of the bathroom’s floor. Once you know this number, order the appropriate number of tiles plus an additional ten percent to make up for any cut errors, broken tiles, or other mistakes.
Use Reduced-Price Tile
Every tile showroom or home improvement super center will have a selection of tiles available at a reduced price. If you are working with a strict budget, then buying from this selection might make the most sense. Because the bathroom is the smallest room in the home, you probably won’t need a lot of tile to do the job, so you’re almost sure to find enough tile for your project in the discounted tile section.
Clean the Bathroom Floor
Whether you’re installing tile over a sub floor or linoleum, you must remove the old tile first to make way for the new tile. Remember, the most important thing is to make sure you start with a clean, flat surface. Even the smallest piece of debris can cause problems with your installation. Cleaning the floor will help save you time and money.
Lay the Tiles Out Before Installing Them
The key to a successful tiling job is preparation. By laying out the tiles before you install them, you’ll guarantee that you have enough tile to do the job. It’ll also give you a good idea of where to start your installation as well as how many tiles will need to be cut. Use a grease pencil to mark the cuts on the tiles that need to be cut in order to fit in the bathroom space.
Apply Tile in Sections
The adhesive will start drying quickly once it is down, so you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself. Work in small sections at a time. Apply the adhesive and set the tile in place. Use spacers to ensure there’s equal distance between all the tiles. Once all the tiles are down, allow the adhesive to dry for at least 24 hours before you remove the spacers and apply the grout. If you’re using natural stone tile, then you should seal the tiles and allow the sealant to dry before applying the grout.
Seal the Tiles
Once the grout is dried and the haze wiped away, apply a good-quality sealer over the grout lines to prevent water from getting under the tiles. To maintain the water-resistance of the grout, you should reapply the sealant every six months.