Guide: How To Install Tile In Your Kitchen in 10 Steps

If you are in the process of a kitchen home improvement project, you can keep your renovation budget low by doing the labor yourself. Some more complex projects will require professional installers, but if you want to completely transform your kitchen with a beautiful new tile floor, follow these 10 steps and get the process done on your own over a weekend with little to no help.


Step #1: Remove Old Flooring

Remove your old flooring. If the flooring is adhered to your concrete base floor with adhesive, use gloves and a face mask and apply a decent amount of adhesive remover. Give the remover time to set in and use a scraper to remove all of the glue. Once the area is cleared, give the concrete time to dry before starting the new flooring installation process.

Step #2: Set Out Tiles to Grid Out Space

Lay out the tiles on the concrete flooring once the floor is dry to grid out the space and to verify that you have enough tiles to cover the entire area. When you are creating your grid, you can also determine what cuts will need to be made to achieve the pattern design you have chosen. Be sure to use spacers when you are creating your grid so that your spacing is accurate. Make sure that you have extra tiles and scrap pieces just in case a tile breaks or needs to be replaced later down the line.

Step #3: Preparing Thinset

Start by mixing thinset mortar into a peanut butter-like consistency. You will probably need two gallons of thinset, but make sure you only mix as much of the mortar as you can apply in an hour because the mortar will dry. It is best to mix half of the thinset, apply, and then mix the remainder once the first backer board is installed.

Step #4: Applying the Thinset on the Linoleum or Concrete

Use a trowel and scoop a good amount of thinset to apply on your linoleum or your concrete. Hold the trowel at a 45 degree angle, with the notched side down, and smooth the mortar over the floor in an area big enough to cover the size of your first piece of backer board. Once you complete step #5, you will repeat this process for every piece of backer board your have.

Step #5: Installing the Backer Board

Now, slowly set the backer board down on the wet thinset so that you can make any modification before the mortar dries. Once the board is flat on the thinset, follow the guide lines on the board and screw the board into the flooring. Repeat step #4 and step #5 until all of your backer board is covering the entire area you will be tiling.

Step #6: Lay Out Two Rows of Tiles

Now, lay the first row of tiles, with spacers, over the backer board. After you have your first row laid in the pattern you have chosen, lay a second row perpendicular with the spacers. After these rows are laid out and cuts have been made with the appropriate saw, you can begin the installation process of the tiles.

Step #7: Apply the Thinset

Mix another batch of thinset in the same consistency as the prior batch. Remove the first row of tiles and spread mixed thinset with the same notched trowel at a 45 degree angle.

Step #8: Laying the Tiles

Now that the thinset has been applied, lay down tiles carefully and insert the spacers after each tile has been laid. Complete laying the entire first row of tile and make any necessary adjustments while the thinset is still wet.

Step #9: Clean Tiles While Wet

Cleaning the tile once the thinset has dried can be extremely difficult. Because of this, you should take a wet rag and clean the thinset off as you are working. After you clean the first row, repeat step #7 and #8 with each row until all of the tiles have been laid.

Step #10: Grouting the Flooring

Remove all of the spacers. You will then fill this area in with grouting. Following the instruction to mix your grout, use a trowel, and pack the substance into the space and scrape the excess off.

Install your new tile floor all by your lonesome and save money on the renovation. With all of the right supplies and a little motivation, you can completely transform your kitchen and take pride in the floor that you installed without any help from the professionals.


A Step-By-Step Guide To Hanging and Installing A Front Door

Are you having trouble with your front door? Whether it’s got some rot on the bottom and sides or you just want something a bit more stylish, we can help you. Here are the basic essentials of installing that front door correctly. You should be able to do it yourself with minimal help in true DIY fashion.


Here are some basic tools you will need to finish this project:

A cordless drill
A hammer
A reciprocating saw

1. Get the proper measurements so that you order the right sized door. You want to pull the molding off from around the door on the inside of the house so that you can get an accurate measurement. Measure the width and the height of both the existing door and of the opening. You will need these measurements to purchase the correct door. Be sure and check to see if there is a sill above or below the floor.

2. Go to the store and make your purchase, or order it online if you want something special. Make arrangements to get it delivered if you’re not lucky enough to have a pickup truck available to you to just bring it home right away.

3. Double check the new door’s measurements with the old door before you begin painting. This way you can bring it back to the store for an exchange if there’s a problem. If painting or staining the door, be sure and use sawhorses and not waiting until it’s hung to paint it. Trust me on this. It will be much easier.

4. Take the door off by removing the hinge pins or by just taking out the screws from the hinges. Remove all molding and begin releasing the frame. The best way to get the frame off is to cut through it with the saw about halfway up a side, then you can pry out the frame and remove it beginning on the cut side, then the top, then the other side. Remove the sill as well.

5. Now it’s time to install the new door. Remove all packing from around the door and any screws that may be holding it shut and set it into place. The help of a friend may come in handy around this point. Keep the frame on the side with the hinges plumb and place a screw in each hinge to hold the door in place. Check the top and bottom gaps to make sure they’re even. Shim the other frame side and put three screws in it to keep the gap even from top to bottom. You can place these screws behind where the seal will go to hide them for appearance sake.

6. Install the door knob using the provided instructions. Since it’s a front door, it should have a second hole for a dead bolt. Install it.

7. Molding is your last step. Sometimes you can save the old molding to re-use, but if rot was the case you will need to purchase new molding and cut like the old molding was and install with some finishing nails. Paint it or stain it to match the door.

If you followed all of the above steps, you should now have a brand-new door that you installed yourself and it looks fantastic. Congratulations on a DIY job well done!