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Changing out the bathroom tile can make a huge difference in how your room looks. Whether changing an entire wall, adding splashes of color, or touching up, tile can make a dramatic appearance. Most people do not realize that with patience and a little effort, just about anyone can install tile. Additionally, tile does not have to be expensive to be beautiful.

If you plan to install tile in your bathroom yourself, you will need several things to include a moisture-resistant gypsum wallboard, fiberglass tape, premixed mastic, non-sanded grout, tile, v-groove edge trowel, rubber back float, sponges, soft cloth, foam paintbrush, grout sealer, chalk line, work gloves, safety goggles, tile cutter, tile nippers, and a bucket for mixing. The first thing you need to do is measure the walls accurately, both height and width. Now multiply the measurements using one wall at a time and then add all the numbers together. This total is the square footage, which will tell you how much wallboard, tile, and other materials you need for the project.

The surface needs to be prepared by cleaning, smoothing, and drying prior to the tile being applied. The wallboard seams need to be covered with fiberglass tape and the cracks covered with the mastic. Now align your first row of tiles and remember that walls are never perfectly straight, meaning tiles will not fit perfectly. To help with this problem, use the chalk line on your prepared wall to snap a vertical line from the top to the floor. This will help when you put the tiles in position to make them straight. Start at the center portion of the wall's width and on the floor lie the tiles out to get an idea of how they will fit on the wall. Adjust the tiles as needed until you have them exactly as they will be placed on the wall.

The tiles will then be cut to fit. Measure and mark the tiles, score where needed, and with a tile cutter, snip off the excess tile. This can be done by resting one side of the tile on some type of raised surface and then by applying light pressure, the side that is overhanging can be snipped off. If you need to make corner or curved cuts for fitting around the handles, you would use the nippers to pinch the pieces off and be sure to wear your work gloves and safety goggles. Now add the mastic to the wall and using your trowel, spread it, working in two-foot sections. Texture the surface so the tiles will bond.

Now add the tiles to the wall. Keeping in line with the chalk line, push each tile into place and apply pressure to make it flat and secure. If you want to add tiles of color or accents, fill in the grooves with colored tile that has mastic on the back. When the mastic had completely dried for two days, mix the grout to form a thickness much like frosting. With the rubber back float, spread the grout into all the crevices and with the float at a 45-degree angle, wipe off excess grout. Once the gaps are filled, use a sponge soaked with water to wipe of the tile surfaces, being careful not to wipe off the grout from the crevices. Then with a soft cloth, gently polish the surface of the tile. The grout needs to set three full days to cure. Finally, the tile will be sealed by using the foam paintbrush and a bathroom tile sealer that has mildewcide. The grout lines will then be wiped down. Now you can enjoy your beautiful new bathroom!
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