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If you’re someone who likes to be prepared… this post is for you.
“It’s all about the tools baby.” – exact quote I told my husband after coming back from Home Depot for what seemed like the 58th time since starting this tiling project. As much as I love shiny new things, I don’t however love the idea of buying new tools that I will only use once. I usually don’t mind borrowing, renting or down right improvising for my DIY projects if I feel like I can get away with it. If you are on a budget, this strategy can work out great. And sometimes, it just doesn’t work. I have made more than a few mistakes during this bathroom project and most (okay all) of them could have been prevented with having the right tools from the start and doing a little more research before laying that first tile.
I took a lot of notes during this process. If you are a beginner in the tiling world, then I hope this post will save you some time and frustration! Get out a list, look through what you have and get all your tools lined up before starting your project to save yourself some time, money, and sanity!
I am including everything necessary (including sources) to help your next tiling project go effortlessly!
Diamond Drill Bit Kit & Jigsaw Blade
Tile – I purchased mine from South Cypress. Some other great sources are Wayfair, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Amazon, or your local flooring store.
Tiling Adhesive – thinset, mortar, etc… you can choose the pre-mixed or
Trim Pieces – I know it’s easy to just pick the tile that you think looks pretty, but it is important to think through how you will do all edges and corners ahead of time. The tile that I chose did not have corner bullnose pieces so I had to get creative and use other trim techniques. I made it work and am very happy with my tile, but this is a personal preference on how you want to finish off edges and corners.
Schlüter Trim – Metal trim to finish off edges or corners.
Grout – unsanded or sanded, depending on tile and grout lines
Caulk – use for all corners (not grout) as it is flexible and will not crack. You can get most caulk in colors to match your grout.
I did not include the extra materials for more complex tiling jobs such as cement floor tiles. We will be finishing up our concrete tile installation in the next few days, so I will write a separate post to cover that process! Hopefully this is a good place for you guys to get started with any tiling project… the how to’s and some tutorials will be coming up as soon as I get this bathroom finished up!
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