Learn to Tile Like a Pro

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So Last week I had the amazing pleasure of hosting Hometalk’s DIY Facebook session. It was so much fun. put on safety gogglesI showed you how anyone could tile just about anything with these simple steps. Often we can become intimidated by the fear of the unknown. We went through a simple and easy manner in which anyone can complete their own tiling project using the SimpleMat by Custom Building and a
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Materials
SimpleMat Tile setting sheets
Tiles
Pre-mixed Grout
Grout float
Spacers
Scissors
Bucket
Tile saw or cutter
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Premixed grout, while a little more expensive makes for an easier installation. No need to worry about mixing the right ratios.
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I love this tiling mat by Custom Bulding products. It works on walls, shower stalls, and counters. It made the tiling process less messy and super easy.
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All you really need are the basics like these hand cutters.
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Start by applying the mat to the surface.
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Tile.
Before you tile you always want to do a dry fitting – figure out your tile pattern and get the basic measurements for the tile cuts.
Make your tile cuts. You can achieve most cuts if tackling a small area and small tiles by using a simple tile cutter or a tile saw. Always buy extra tiles.
Gently place tile in place. Use spacers for proper spacing. (I obviously did not use any spacers in this
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And Grout. Wipe away the excess and you are DONE!
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And it really is that simple.
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Suggested materials:

  • SimpleMat  (Home Depot)
  • Premixed grout  (Home Depot)
  • Tile cutters  (Hardware store)
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  • Jean
    on Oct 1, 2016

    Can e this method to tile a shower?

    • ToolBox Divas
      on Oct 6, 2016

      Yes you would need to use a waterproof backing. But these tile mats are also made for shower walls.

  • Ans10803042
    on Oct 2, 2016

    how to get them straight?

    • ToolBox Divas
      on Oct 20, 2016

      do you mean before installing or after it's been applied? Start in the middle of the wall and work to the edge. You can use a laser level to help guide your movements.

  • Larry
    on Oct 4, 2016

    Video cut off before you actually showed the tiling and cutting of tiles, any suggestions ? Is the part 2 of the video?

    • Larry
      on Oct 6, 2016

      Thank you for the quick reply, Timisha, I did find the complete tutorial and enjoyed watching it, very informative!

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