Laying Italian porcelain tiles onto your kitchen walls or floor is not as difficult nor as complex as it may first appear.
Whilst DIY tiling is a big project, and many elements can go wrong if you fail to prepare, it is also a project that can be undertaken by handypeople who are happy to learn a few skills.
Not only is it incredibly rewarding, but if done right can be cost-effective too.
Here are some top tips for tiling your kitchen.
Besides the tiles, you will need a few basic pieces of equipment before you get going.
You will need tile adhesive, as well as a trowel to apply it. You will also need two buckets; one of these is for mixing the adhesive, whilst the other is for having water to hand, as it can get quite messy. You will also need spacers whilst the adhesive dries.
Measurements are key, so you will need a tape measure, spirit level, speed squares and a marker.
Finally, you will need some sort of cutting device for cutting tiles down to fit the unique dimensions of each bathroom. A wet saw is the best bet for cutting porcelain and ceramic, but table and mitre saws can work as well in a pinch.
Depending on your surface, you may need to set up an underlay for your tiles to adhere to, which typically takes the form of cement or plywood, although you can lay tile on top of vinyl flooring if you have that installed.
Your starting point will determine the symmetry and look for the rest of the room, so mark the point where you want to start, and create a straight line for the first row of tiles to be placed.