This would be so pretty at any event!Source: marthastewartweddings.com
Home-sweet-what-mess-did-I-get-myself-into-with-never-ending-projects-home. That’s how the saying should go. Still alive and kicking at a mere 70 years old, our house has lots of character and also lots of projects. I’ve found (à la learning the hard way) that when beginning a “project,” the best way to avoid tears or feeling overwhelmed and intimidated is to start small. In most cases there are little fixes that can be done that make a huge difference. The top of our basement stairs was one of those spots that I wanted to just hide away — old, dingy and blasé. With a few, simple cosmetic makeovers it looks like a whole new space and one I don’t need to hide away anymore!
Materials and Costs
Mini Makeover Tips
How to Tile
1. Remove baseboard trim, if any. Do this gently to avoid damage. Rip up existing floor*. Fill in any gaps or cracks with a patching compound. Make sure your surface is even and level.
* Mine was a laminate that I had to break up, scrape and sand. The sub-floor was wood, which worked well as a surface when I adhered the vinyl tile.
2. Using the mini polyester roller, spread tiling adhesive over the sub-floor. Let dry for 90 minutes.
3. Using the 1/8-inch spacers between each tile, measure and fit tile to floor. Leave paper backing on tiles when first measuring and fitting. The spacers help to create consistent spacing for grout lines. If tile needs to be cut, use a utility knife to score and snap*. Remove paper backing and stick down tiles. Again, use spacers. Let set for 24 hours.
* Trimming & shaping tile was easier than I expected — if needed, use needle-nose pliers for tight contouring!
4. Use the plastic putty knife to push grout in-between tiles. Scrape excess grout from surface. Use wet sponge to clean the surface of tiles — don’t let grout sit on tile surface too long because it will leave a cloudy residue. Let dry for 24-48 hours.
5. Once grout is dry, re-attach baseboard trim if applicable. If tile is in a heavy moisture area, seal grout with a paint-on sealant.
* Ceramic tile needs to be adhered to backer board