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Do you have a kitchen that is outdated and in desperate need of an update? Perhaps you have ceramic tile in your kitchen that has a few damaged pieces. Maybe you are just ready for a change and want to try your hand at working with ceramic tile. No matter what the reason, installing new tile will make your kitchen look like a brand new room.

In older homes, people have actually decided to replace their worn out carpeting in the kitchen only to discover the floor covered with ceramic tile. While the tile may be in great condition, to restore it to its natural beauty, it will need to be cleaned. If just a few tiles are broken or cracked, you may be able to pull several pieces up, including the damaged ones, and replace with them with like or coordinating tile. If the tile were in bad shape, you would be better off pulling it all up and replacing it with new tile.

If you find the tile usable, be sure not to use any type of chemical solvent or stripper to get rid of the carpet glue, as it will damage the tile. Instead, dry using dry ice or a heat gun to loosen the glue to where you can simply scrape it off. When using dry ice, you want to wear heavy-duty gloves so you do not burn your hands. By holding the dry ice on top of the glue for one to two minutes, the glue should be scraped off very gently. For the heat gun, the heat produced helps to soften the glue, again allowing you to scrape it off gently.

If you have damaged wall tile, small broken chips can be replaced by cutting a replacement piece and using epoxy to attach it. To add a touch of creativity, make designs by painting, stamping, or stenciling designs. For painting, you can either use a design to trace or draw a design freehanded. For painting freehanded, you need to use only glossy enamel paints. This type of paint can be found at hobby or craft stores and is designed specifically for dishware. Other supplies would include small paintbrushes, a couple of paper plates, and some white tiles in the size you need. Before you paint the design on the tile, it is best to practice a couple of times on paper. If you have children, you might even consider getting them in on the fun. Once the designs are complete, bake the painted tiles as instructed on the paint bottle. Once the baking time is done, turn the oven off and allow the tiles to cool inside. This seals your design, making it permanent and easy to clean.

Creating mosaic designs has become popular in the past few years and makes for a beautiful kitchen. A beautiful pattern is the "blocked flower", which is ideal for a backsplash. In this case, you would remove sporadic existing tiles, replacing them with small mosaic pieces to create this or any other design. All you need are mesh back tiles that are pre-cut �-inch in colors of your choice, a grease pencil, graph paper and pencil, white grout, tile adhesive, a trowel, and a sponge.

Chart out the design on the graph paper with each square representing one of the mosaic tiles. Using this pattern, take the grease pencil to mark the placement of your chosen colored tiles. Next, remove the tiles from the mesh backing and using the adhesive, adhere to the wall, pressing the mesh-backed tiles firmly into place. Using your pattern as reference, take the colored tiles, and press them firmly into the spaces, ensuring they are straight. Once the adhesive dries, usually overnight, use the grout to fill in the lines and cracks. Finally, using a damp sponge, wipe off the excessive grout to reveal the finished project.
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