Complete Guide To Replacing A Damaged Tile Yourself

The worst thing that can happen after installing new ceramic floor tiles or wall tiles is a cracked tile. Don’t fret, the process of replacing damaged tiles is one of the many advantages of choosing ceramic tiles.

It’s a job most homeowners can handle and should learn because it will only cost you some hard work. When you were installing your new kitchen floor tiles or bathroom wall tiles, you must have had a few extras that have been kept safely. This is where they come to use.

Before starting out you’re going to need the right tools. Safety comes first; make sure you’ve got your safety glasses and gloves. For the machinery you will need a drill, chisel, hammer, paint scraper, plastic scraper, trowel, painter’s tape, bucket and cleaning sponge.

Now that you’ve got your tools let’s get to the steps of the job.

Step 1 – Apply painter’s tape around the adjacent tiles to protect them. Drill 4-5 holes in the center of the cracked tile and use the chisel to chip away the middle part of it. Then wedge the chisel under the tile and chip out the remaining pieces.

Step 2 – Scrape all the grout from the edges and clean the exposed floor by chipping the old glue with a scraper. Sweep the area for a dust free surface for your new tile.

Step 3 – Using the best adhesive for ceramic tile, mix the glue to a toothpaste consistency. Apply this to the back of the new tile and run a trowel across it. Now place the tile into the gap and gently press it down. Make sure it sits evenly.

grout adhesive

Step 4 – When the adhesive is dry, remove the masking tape and clean the excess glue out with a plastic scraper. Mix your grout, apply it to the joints between the tiles and smooth it out.

Step 5 – After it has dried off, use a sponge to wipe the excess off and rinse the sponge to keep it clean. Let the grout cure for 24 hours for the tile to be ready.
Work done!

Why You Should Take Interior Trims Seriously

We’ve all heard the words, ‘Interior trim’ used often by interior designers but what is Interior Trim exactly? You know the thin strip of wall (or molding in technical terms) that divides the wall and the floor? That’s an interior trim. Likewise, interior trims are found in many parts of the house, which you will begin to discover after reading this blog. But what is so special about them? Because home designers now have turned their attention to give the interior trims a facelift. And guess what, we found that it changes the entire interior game of a house.

From crown moldings to railings and from baseboards to casings, trim is one design element that provides detail, depth and a sense of luxury to any room. The detail invested in these elements allows for more opulence, elegance and grace for your home. As most contemporary houses use polished glazed vitrified tiles for flooring, we will concentrate on molding and trim elements to complement the splendour of your room.

1) Bring Some Modern In

Popularly used where the kitchen wall tiles, bathroom floor tiles, or any wall in the house comes together with the floor, the baseboard or base trim conceals gaps between the finishes as well as provides protection from daily wear and tear. Conventionally, the base comprises of three separate parts i.e. a shoe, the baseboard and the cap. These elements individually draw out the intricacy of your tiles and allow an elegant feel to adorn your home/office. These bases are more often than not, are made of one piece in order to attain a cleaner and more contemporary aesthetic.

bathroom floor tiles

2) A Thing Of Beauty

The next piece of trim after the base is the chair rail. This trim item protects the wall finish from any furniture that is placed against it. The key factor to consider while installing a chair rail is how it splits the wall into horizontal layers and requires getting those proportions absolutely right so your room can look absolutely gorgeous. Once you have the proportions exactly right, the true beauty of your pearl toned tiles will be accentuated.

3) The Luxury Element

While the space between the chair rail and baseboard can be decorated with tiles of your choice, more often than not that area is paneled. There are several options available for wainscots, like beadboard, wood panels, raised panels and horizontal wood paneling. The noticeable thing about the wainscot is that it helps beautify your room and can provide a Victorian style element to the same. There is no better way to amplify your tiles’ expression than with the help of interior trim.

Allow your home/office or any room of the house to convey minimal yet contemporary and luxurious trends using this marvelous element. Don’t forget to visit us again for more insights on what’s trending in home decor.