Use the notched side of the trowel to comb through the thin set to get a uniform thickness. This will determine tile placement and allow you to cut any tile ahead of time. Take the other full tile and align it next to the marked tile, and make the same marks on the tile. Make sure the tiles are level and only lay as much thin set as possible in 15 minutes. Use the flat end of the trowel to push the thin set over the surface of the plywood.Use a carpenter’s square to draw the lines through the chalk mark.

Make an “x” on the material that needs to be removed when cutting the tiles. Then, holding the trowel at a 45-degree angle with the notched side down, comb the thin set to a uniform thickness.

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Ensure that counter tile overlaps and use spacers for a uniform grout joint. Avoid less than half-width cut tiles by shifting the layout 1/2 tile left or right.


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Set bull nose or v-cap pieces in place to ensure correct amount of overhanging pieces. Cut corner from end of the mat to facilitate folding of corner. Do not apply excessive filler material as it will interfere with bond. Do a dry run by placing as many full tiles on the countertop with spacers as necessary. For straight countertops, mark centerline of countertop or sink, then lay tiles so cut pieces beside sink are the same width.

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If you’re particularly drawn to the look of granite, for instance, granite tiles offer a much cheaper alternative than a thick slab. For style-savvy homeowners, tile kitchen countertops offer the opportunity to get creative. Despite their low cost, tile countertops are quite durable—though if cracked, a tile must be completely removed to be replaced. Tiles can scratch and chip, so keep a few extra tiles in case one needs to be replaced.

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In this article, we’ll show you how to build your countertop from start to finish. Also, plan on eating sandwiches or take-out during the process, since your kitchen will be down for several days. With the old countertop stripped completely off, and the wall behind in good condition, measure your cabinets from the back wall to the front edge of your face frame. Before you screw the plywood to the top of the cabinets, attach 2×2 wall cleats to the studs where there isn’t any cabinet support. Choose screws that will penetrate the drywall and go into the studs about 1 in. Screw the plywood (drill a pilot hole) to the face-frame fronts every 8 in. Lay several beads of construction adhesive between the plywood sheets for a permanent bond. Next, set your sink onto the plywood top and position it carefully with your tile layout in mind (remember, you’ll be adding 1/2 in. Home centers and tile shops carry several choices for tile underlayment. This stuff is dense and impervious to water, and it will last for decades. The mortar will fill any voids between the surfaces and bond them into a monolithic surface. Once the top surface is covered, cut cement board strips to cover the exposed plywood edge. Just peel the mesh off the roll and press it over the corner edges.

Push the tiles gently through the diamond blade; don’t force them. Before you mix your thin-set mortar, place the tiles and determine grout line widths. Never have the grout lines “almost” match up with those in the countertop. From your layout, you’ll be able to predict several cuts that you can make ahead of time. Pay close attention to the grout spaces and use tile spacers if necessary to maintain even grout lines. Besides, most stone and thick, dense ceramics won’t cut with a score-and-snap method. Otherwise we were more than happy to use the small saw instead of renting a larger one so that we wouldn’t feel rushed. These sections are placed on a backing to maintain the pattern and correct spacing. As you did with the other pieces of tile, spread your mortar and embed the accent tile. It’s a lot tougher once the mortar dries hard as concrete, so a bit of attention now will ensure you won’t see ugly mortar patches on your nicely grouted surface later. For the sides, cut some return 2×2 pieces and screw those to the overhanging front supports.



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If you end up with a small piece in the inside corner, you’ll need to cut a few inches off the outside corner piece to avoid the “tiny tile” look. If the heavy edge pieces want to fall or tip, support them with masking tape from above. Check your pattern and make cuts if you need to downsize the first row. Position the tiles and gently tap them with the side of your fist to set them as you go. Start setting the second row and add spacers to keep the tile in place. Remember, you can stop at any point as long as you clean the mortar from the wall along the edges you’ve just laid. The sealer penetrates a porous finish and prevents the grout from being absorbed. Push it into the spaces between the tile with a grout float.



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Once you get the tile or stone clean, move on to the next section and repeat the process. Wipe the tile or stone with a clean, dry cloth if you detect a slight haze. Apply the grout to the walls the same as you did for the top. The grout here will most likely crack after a few weeks, so it’s best to get a color-match caulk and fill the gap the day after grouting. Wait three days for your grout to cure and then apply a grout sealer as you did before. Apply the sealer liberally to the surface, let it be absorbed and then wipe away the excess with a clean, lint-free cloth.

You can choose any tile, any color and any size, but if all the choices seem daunting, do what we did. Setting kitchen tile is a project that’s definitely within reach of the average do-it-yourselfer.

Our project took three days, but you might want to reserve more time. It rests on top of the cement board and plywood, leaving about a 3/8-in. If you have frameless cabinets, measure to the front just behind the doors or drawer fronts.Transfer the measurements to the plywood and cut it with a circular saw and a straightedge guide for a clean, even cut. If you have a dishwasher opening, cut thinner 1×3 pine to length and screw it to the studs to make sure you’ve got plenty of room for the backside of the dishwasher. Longer screws could hit water pipes or electrical wires behind the wall. Be sure you have a nice, even front edge; a small gap in the back against the wall won’t matter. Embed the cement board into the mortar and screw it to the plywood with cement board screws. It may be a little more difficult to work with than other materials, but it cuts fairly easily once you get the hang of it.



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Mix up a batch of latex-fortified (check the label) thin-set mortar to a soft, mashed potato consistency. To cut narrow strips of cement board, score both sides and gently pry up the edge. Again mix a small batch of thin-set mortar, spread it over the plywood edge and push the cement board into the edge. Once the mesh is in place, trowel a thin layer of thin-set mortar over it. It’s best to draw lines right on the top using a framing square as a guide. If you have an inside corner like ours, start your pattern there so you’ll be sure it will track symmetrically from this point in both directions. Mix some latex-fortified thin-set mortar in a plastic pail to a smooth, mashed potato consistency. Place them on the mortar bed and lightly press them into place.

Our slate tile varied slightly in size, so we decided to just “eyeball” the spacing to maintain about 3/16 in. Once you’re finished with one section, take a close look at the tile, check the spacing and look for any crooked tiles or extra-wide or narrow grout lines.

We bought an inexpensive tile saw that worked great for this job.

We had to cut it one direction halfway through and then flip the piece and complete the cut in the other direction. Lay them end to end and figure where the best spot on the sheet may be to splice the sections.Once you finish setting all the tiles and the mortar has had a few hours to set, go back with a utility knife or wood chisel and lightly scrape away any mortar that may have oozed proud of the tile or caught on the edges. To support the backside of the returns, cut some upright supports and place them against the walls. First set them in place and then mark the locations of the rest of the pieces by placing them end to end. Once you’ve got the pieces cut, butter the backside of your pieces with mortar and stick them to the front edge. When you’ve finished laying the edge pieces, look down the edge from end to end and straighten them if necessary. Mix some mortar and trowel it onto the wall just high enough for the first two rows on one section. Because gravity works 24 hours a day, you’ll probably need spacers to keep the tile from sliding. When you get to an electrical receptacle, mark the piece in place and cut it on your wet saw. With the second row complete, keep tiling and add your pattern pieces as your layout demands. Stop every once in a while and look for sags, goofs or oozing mortar. If you don’t seal porous tile and stone, it will absorb grout and look hazy no matter how many times you scrub it. Several passes are necessary to clean the grout from the tile. Some grouts have a special latex additive, while others mix only with water. Mix about the volume of a quart and scoop a lump out about the size of a baseball. Work it in from several directions and squeegee the excess off with the edge of the grout float. Rinse out the sponge in clean water and keep rotating it to a fresh, clean side.

You don’t want to constantly add water to the grout and weaken it.

You may need to use a little elbow grease to get it clean. You’ll notice we left our faucet off while we did the grouting.



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Once you’re finished but while the grout is still soft, dig out the grout between the backsplash and the countertop. The caulk will flex a bit as your house expands and contracts slightly with seasonal changes. The sealer will penetrate the grout and help block food and juice stains. In a year or so, you can purchase special grout cleaners at your tile store and apply them.

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If you have doubts about doing this installation, you should contact a qualified contractor, carpenter or professional installer. All product defects are covered under our 5-year limited warranty. Acceptable substrates are drywall, plaster or clean, smooth tile (glazed, porcelain type tile; not porous or textured). Be sure to remove the release film on the back of each tile before applying additional adhesive. This method allows balance around the perimeter of the work area. Identify the high point(s) of your countertop by measuring from the horizontal reference line or by using a level.

You can caulk the bottom gap after all the tiles are installed. Lightly place the tile onto the wall using your reference lines. Be sure to protect your eyes from damage by using protective eyewear or safety goggles. If cutting tiles is necessary, using a chop saw is the recommended cutting method. Install and/or cut remaining tiles in the same fashion as described above. Use a putty knife on the back side and slowly apply outward pressure to release the tile from the wall. Read this installation manual in it’s entirety before you start. Due to manufacturing variations, we cannot guarantee an exact color match from lot to lot. Use a heat gun or other source to warm the tiles and substrate if necessary. Fill cracks and irregularities with wallboard compound or spackling, then sand smooth with fine­grade sandpaper. If there is a 1/8″ gap or greater, use a filler such as spackling or drywall compound to fill in imperfections.

We recommend a high-quality polyurethane construction adhesive be applied to the back of each tile in these cases. Apply some pea-sized dots of adhesive to the back of a full tile (see right). If adhesive squeezes out around the tiles, be sure to wipe it off before it dries. Find the center point between the horizontal and vertical measurements and mark on the wall or work area with a pencil. Be sure the horizontal reference line is level and the vertical reference line is plumb. Do not apply pressure to the tile until you are sure of your placement. If it is in the right position, firmly apply even pressure across the entire tile. Place it in a wastebasket immediately upon removal from tile. Use a hole saw or coping saw for circular cuts or electrical outlet cutouts. Take the cut tile to the work space and place it in its intended location, ensuring it fits properly before removing the protective film on either side of the tile. When tiles are installed to your satisfaction, press each again firmly with your hand. Allow 24 hours for the adhesive to set before exposing them to a heat source (such as a stovetop or oven).



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Place another full tile against the wall and mark the cutting line where the tiles overlap. Before peeling the backing paper off self-adhering tile, check that the cut tile fits. Install tile (removing paper from self-adhering tile), and press tile firmly into position. The adhesive is engineered to not be removed so caution should be taken to not damage the wall.

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This is kind of scary when you first open it and we did have to toss a few for broken corners and holes that went clear through. Once he grouted and the holes became semi-filled, a beautiful look was achieved.

We were looking for a way to fill in a huge opening above our stone fireplace. The problem was how to fill it in without looking weird or breaking the bank. It needed to be a lighter color to offset the talavera sink, and this travertine fit the job perfectly. Applied 5 coats of glossy sealer and really got the sealer down in the natural holes in the tiles and it looks absolutely fantastic. Good sealers provide a window of a few seconds for clean up. This particular travertine is suitable for residential and commercial installations, including kitchens and bathrooms. Natural stone products inherently lack uniformity and are subject to variation in color, shade, finish, etc. Natural stones may be characterized by dry seams and pit’s that are often filled. All natural stone products should be sealed with a penetrating sealer. With a large selection of sizes and accessories to choose from, chiaro can easily be laid in a pattern or single layout. It is recommended to blend tiles from different boxes when installing. The filling can work it’s way out and it may be necessary to refill these voids as part of a normal maintenance procedure. Grade 1, first-quality natural stone travertine tile for floor, wall and countertop use 4 in.What do you use to cut these tiles for best results?

But, our installer said it was easy to cut and quite uniform overall. The new backsplash did wonders for our cabinets and granite. What an inexpensive way to make your kitchen look elegant and modern!

I purchased about 10 packages and there were 2 chipped tiles total.

Tips For Installing Limestone Tile by thehandymansdaughter.com

I installed limestone tile on our bathroom vanity, and reveal all my tips for getting it perfect the first time!

There’s nothing worse than running out of grout or thinset halfway through the project!

But they’re so cheap nowadays, you’d probably save money buying one if you need it for more than a day or two. This makes it look like they were taken from the same stone. Use the boring, solid colored tiles for the smaller cuts and edges. They should be fine as full tiles, so plan to use them in the middle of your layout.

It can break apart at the end of a cut, leading to chipped corners. Stop cutting the tile an inch or so before the edge, then flip the tile over. My vanity has an angled side, which made cutting those tiles quite the chore!

It was such a relief to finally have all the cuts made and tiles attached to the backer board!

In addition, limestone is porous and will suck up the grout, making it very difficult to remove. Now your beautiful new limestone tile will stay as perfect as the day you installed it!

I was hoping to be installing the new vanity doors and moving on to the wall tile.

You can check out all my progress up to this point here. With any luck, this side of the bathroom will be complete soon!

I can focus on getting the bulk of the project done by the deadline!

Corners can chip, grout can fill in the textured stone, and stains get sucked below the surface!

I love the natural, organic look of limestone, but it can be a tricky material to work with. Limestone is made of sediment from the ocean floor, so you’ll see coral, shells and other deposits. I used the same technique for my fireplace hearth tile, and if it weren’t for the grout lines, you’d think it was one big marble slab!

The final cut is in the center instead of the corner!

Applying grout release to the limestone tile first will make the whole process so much easier!

Press the grout into the gaps with the grout float and fill in any low spots. Clean the sponge with each pass so you don’t wipe too much grout over the limestone tile surface. Repeat this process every few months if it’s in a high traffic area. It’s time to kick it up a notch and get this project done!

The brushed bronze color picks up the copper accents of the faucet and ties the whole vanity area together.

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