How To Start A New Tile Project
DIY-ing home improvement projects may seem like a mammoth task, but it is the kind of hobby that will wield you benefits for years to come. Aside from saving you the hassle of having to fix a schedule around supervising people you outsource this work to, completing your own home projects can:
- Teach you a lot about how your home works and how to maintain it
- Help to keep it beautiful and functional, and
- Allow you to customize your project around your preferences and budget,
Do-It-Yourself home improvements are also one of the few hobbies that can actually save you a lot of money over the years if you do it right.
A lot of times, people tend to shy away from bigger projects like tiling, assuming it is simply not worth the effort to learn how to do something you might only do once (if you’re lucky), but this is the kind of project that is not very difficult or dangerous. However, you will need a lot of free time on your hands, and significant effort and enough dedication that you don’t abandon your project halfway.
So read on to find out how you can go about starting with your tiling project, and what are the things you will have to look out for.
- How Much Work Will I Need To Do?
Let’s be real. A lot of work is required for this type of project. You will likely have to be kneeling over your tiles cementing them into place, and you will may want another helper to help finish it off faster if the space you are tiling is bigger.
Depending on the attention to detail, you will need to spend a lot of time poring over arranging patterned tiles in a specific order. If you are just starting out, try to stick with large tiles that you can assemble easily and stay away from intricate mosaic patterns until you feel you are ready.
- How Do I Customize My Project?
The color, texture, and overall look of the tile you choose will affect the aesthetic of the living space itself. Look around on the internet, talk to home decor experts, and make a careful well-informed decision. Take your time to watch instructional videos and get as much information as you need.
- What Kind Of Tools Do I Need?
This is an important question. If you are already involved in similar hobbies such as wood-working or other DIY projects, you probably have tools like wet saws, levels, trowel, and cement/glue mixing buckets, and gloves. If you don’t already have these, then make sure you can get some long-term use out of them, because buying them only for this one project will not be cost-effective. Make a budget and stick to it and be practical – rent or borrow the tools if you don’t think you’ll get a second use from them.
- Final Outline
You will need to make a final plan of how you will start and finish the project. What part of the room attracts the most attention or is most visible? Start elsewhere so that these well-noticeable areas are done after you’ve made mistakes and figured out how to do things. Figure out alternative locations for any furniture you will be moving. Plan a day that you’ll be able to dedicate to this project.
Tiling by yourself will likely be a scary prospect, but like anything difficult in life, breaking it down into pieces and addressing issues as they arise will go a long way in helping you become a true DIY-er. Ultimately, mistakes don’t matter nearly as much as we think they do. Just take a deep breath and dive in!