How To Remove Tile
I have to first say, this was not an easy DIY project! As always the end result was totally worth it, but know going in this will be hard work. We wanted to replace our living room carpet with new vinyl plank flooring, but in order to do so we also needed to remove the tile from our tiny foyer area.
After we removed the carpeting, I began prying up the tile. I used a flathead screwdriver to wedge under the tiles and a hammer to help drive it underneath. Some of the tiles would pop up in larger pieces and some in tiny pieces. Be sure to wear safety glasses because some of those pieces will go flying!
Getting the tiles up wasn't that hard. What was underneath was the problem. All that mastic needed to be removed as well to give us a level surface for the new flooring. Yikes!
My husband used a chisel and a rubber mallet to slowly chip away at this. I a chisel scraper and a hammer. The mastic came up in very small pieces as you can see above. We had to stop and take breaks because this was so difficult. The chisel scraper was useful, but I also used it as a sander in spots where I could no longer chisel but still weren't perfectly flat.
Though that was a ton of hard work (my arms hurt for days!) it was worth it. Here is what the area looked like once we got that new flooring in. We still needed to replace the moldings in this photo as well. The yellow stripe is from where we removed a chair rail because we planned on adding board and batten.
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