We love our new kitchen and dining area. At the moment we could start every post with that sentence. Not only because we love it so much, but also because knocking down a wall has created a string of little DIY jobs that need to be sorted.
So in addition to a ridiculous amount of very unexciting cleaning, we’ve also tackled a load of little jobs like reattaching our kitchen lamp, installing a floorboard in the hole where the wall used to be, repairing a broken socket, replacing our oven (more on that soon) and also attaching a back to the kitchen cupboards that used to back onto the wall (we’ll be telling you about that soon, too).
In addition to all the little jobs that we’ve just listed, we’ve also sorted a few tiling issues.
We already shared our new shelves with you, but tiling removal efforts were slightly less successful. We also lost a few tiles in the area where our wall was removed.
We previously mentioned that we recently found a small box of replacement kitchen tiles in the cellar. Yes, I know we’ve been living in our house for over three years, but let’s just say our cellar is really damp dingy and horrible, so I don’t venture down there very often, but that’s a subject for another day.
Obviously we couldn’t just stick tiles straight to the brickwork, so we started by applying a layer of plaster to level out everything.
After applying a bit of plaster to the wall and letting it dry for around 24 hours we were ready to apply the tiles.
Because we’re just patching such a small area, we opted for a ready mixed all-in-one tile glue and grout. First we stuck on the tiles and a few hours later squashed the grout into the spaces between them. It’s like nothing ever happened… okay, maybe not, but the quick patch-up will do for now.
The tiling around our shelving is also looking much better.
We’ve decided against cutting a tile for the area directly around the shelf bracket. Instead we’ll try to just match the yellow and paint around it. It is only temporary after all. (We’re really tempted to paint the whole room though!)
There you have it, our first ever attempt at tiling. Have you ever done any tiling? We’re planning on tiling our bathroom at some point, do you have any tips for us?