Home Depot looked like they didn't use grout? I'm happy to report they do use grout, just a color that is almost the same as the tile -
giving the look of it not being there at all, sort of.. I love this stuff, I can't wait to do our other entryway, and maybe the whole downstairs.... too ambitious?? Ok - so in my last post, we left off with the planning phase. Well the next day I went to get all the supplies, and luckily they were in stock (phew!). We saved a pretty penny by borrowing a lot of the tools from my sister & her boyfriend, who had just done some tile work in their condo. Lucky us! This tile was as pretty in person as it was online, so as soon as I got home I laid it all out to start measuring.
I wanted to get started early on with the tile cutting, since I was told that tile cutter is extremely loud! The tile manufacturer recommended a random placement pattern to look most authentic, so I just did whatever.
Before cutting the tiles, I laid everything on the carpet with spacers in place to get an idea of where to cut. Using a straight edge I committed to some cut lines, and just jumped in. Look at this tile cutter:
Important Side Note:
Now here is where you can learn from our error! Isn't that handy? After we were almost done with the whole project, it dawned on us that we should have put a concrete board or some other membrane down before mortar and tile. The reason, is sometimes plywood is flexible, and may lead to grout cracks down the road. It was too late by the time we thought of it, and now we know!Our mistake is your gain, right? Good thing you read up on this first - unlike me! Actually, I watched video after video about the tiling process itself, and totally overlooked the "before you tile" part. I think it will be ok, since there were 2 layers of plywood and it was pretty solid.
......Moving on, mix the mortar!
Hope you enjoyed following along in our little tiling adventure, I feel way more confident now and know that the next time we do this we'll be ready with some time & trouble saving tips. All in all, a good first run! Thanks for reading, and good luck if you're about to embark on a tiling weekend of your own!
Have a great one,