Should I Install my own Kitchen Tiles or is it Better to Hire a Professional?
There are very few people who have a huge budget for work on their home. This doesn’t mean you can’t make changes if you really want to. Even just retiling your kitchen can make a big difference and give it a fresh new feel.
One of the big questions you will probably ask yourself is should you do the tiling yourself or is it best to contact a professional to do the work for you. The truth is that it really doesn’t take that much effort to make a big difference to the look of the room.
What is the simplest way of giving your kitchen a makeover with tiles?
Making a change to your kitchen décor doesn’t have to involve tiling the whole room. If you decide to do the work yourself you can design the job around your skill level, and the time you have to dedicate to the work. If this just involves the changing of a few tiles then that’s fine. If you have a self-colored wall why not use the same size tiles in a different self-color or even with a bold pattern. This doesn’t have to take long to do but just freshens up the feel of the room a little.
The splashback option
A splashback is a great way of adding a feature to the room without having to spend a significant amount of time tiling every wall. If the rest of the walls are just plastered and painted then a splashback will really stand out.
The most important thing you need to remember is to plan; mark out the area on the wall so that you know exactly how the tiles will fit and if they will need to be cut. Obviously the less cutting of tiles you have to do the better. Always make sure that any electric around the area you are tiling is switched off, for safety reasons; then you can wash down and dry the area.
Once you’ve prepared the area you should start the actual tiling from the bottom center part of the splashback area and work out in small areas, approximately 3’ by 3’. Make sure that you use tile spacers between the tiles and that you wipe off any excess adhesive.
When you’ve finished the tiling you need to let the adhesive dry for the manufacturers recommended time. Then it’s just a matter of finishing off with the grouting making sure that you remove any excess grout with a damp sponge.
Consider floor tiles too
If you’re feeling really adventurous you can even try tiling the floor, keep reading at ABL Tile & Bathroom Centre. This is going to take a while, depending on the size of your kitchen, so you need to have patience. Similar to tiling the walls you need to make sure the area is clean and dry before you start.
Again you should map out where the tiles are going to be laid and start from the middle tile moving outwards, making sure each area of tiles is level using a rubber mallet and a spirit level. After making sure the adhesive is set it’s again about grouting the tiles. If you follow the process, and give yourself time, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do a great job.