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A desire for change in your kitchen? Compose a work plan and credence with tilting tiles and add colored joints to ensure the visual effect. Enjoy your meal!

Tiling: give relief to a geometric composition by slightly coloring the joints.

Highly resistant, easy to maintain and insensitive to chemical agents, ceramic tiles are as good on the floor as on walls or on a worktop. The only restriction is faience: their fragility confines them to a wall use.
Until very recently, the installation of tiles was the business of professionals and handymen very knowledgeable.
Today, the use of an electric tile cut makes the task quite accessible to female hands.

Here, the realization is simple: the tiles are placed obliquely inside a frame made of half-tiles arranged in the manner of a decorative frieze.
The geometric composition is highlighted by colored joints and thus creates the visual effect.

How much?

Take measurements of your worktop (water-repellent chipboard).
Multiply the width by the length to get the area in square meters.
Same device for the wall if you plan to tile it.
Tiles are sold in boxes of approximately 1 m2. For an oblique pose, allow a margin of 10% more and remember to keep a few tiles. Sage precaution, if it is necessary to replace a broken element in the same way!

A cheap customization

The price of the tiles is always indicated per square meter.
For classic and fairly basic manufacturing as here, the investment is less. Ditto for laying material estimated at a few tens of euros: braces, glue, joint paste... On the hardware side, you have the choice between investing or renting: an electric tile cutter costs around € 100 for the purchase and 20 € per day for rent.

Cut the tiles: easy, but...!

To cut the tiles, install in a place that is not afraid of splashing water or dirt and equip yourself with an impermeable apron.
Protective gloves are not required, but do not put your fingers too close to the cutting disc.
As for safety glasses, remember that they are essential.

Cut out tiles

Cut out tiles

With its diamond disc, the electric tile cutter is essential for laying a tile.
Here, the tiles are cut in two ways: half to form the waist rectangles (L. 20 x H. 10 cm); in the diagonal for the triangles that are inserted between the full tiles.
Wear protective glasses.

Worktop and credence tile: tiles

A special accessory allows a perfect cut of the tiles diagonally.
Small trick not to break the tips at the end of the cut ?: Start cutting in one corner and return the tile to resume the opposite corner.

Tile the work plan

Tile the work plan

For the worktop, start laying from the wall.
Mark the alignment by first drawing a line 10 cm from the wall.

Worktop and credence tile: tiles

Insert the braces to adjust the thickness of the seal.

Worktop and credence tile: tile

In the corners, check the alignment with a square.
If the angle is not perfectly straight, leave this border on hold. Custom cuts will be made after laying tiles.

Worktop and credence tile: tile

Place the first tiles by checking their alignment with a ruler (here the sole of a bubble level). Do not forget the spread braces.
The base of the triangles must be parallel to the border.

Worktop and credence tile: tile

At startup, the first tiles are glued one by one.
For the following, apply the glue on the wooden support using the notched spatula.
Proceed in small areas.

Worktop and credence tile: tile

To crush the bed of glue and level the tiles, help the mallet by hitting it with short, sharp strokes.
Insert a wooden wedge to protect the material.

Tile the credence

Tile the credence

To make the keel splint, temporarily fix a wooden cleat, set to level, to perfectly align the half-tiles of the border.

tiling the stove

Make sure they are perfectly glued before removing the cleat and proceed with the installation from top to bottom.

Finishing tiled angles

Finishing tiled angles

Tiles, triangles and curbs are completed, then proceed to custom cuts of the elements left aside.
Triangles cut in half are suitable for finishing angles.

Make the colored tile joints

Colorful tile joints

To make colored joints, use white seal powder and incorporate the colorant during the preparation of the paste (there is also ready-to-use colored paste).
Note that the hue brighten once the seal is dry.

Worktop and credence tile: tile

Joints are filled 24 hours after tiling.
Spread the dough on the tiles before pushing it into the hollows with the squeegee with rubber blade.
Go diagonally over the joint to avoid digging.

Worktop and credence tile: worktop

When the dough begins to dry on top of the tiles, pass a damp sponge to remove the larger one.
Do not insist on joints to avoid digging.
Finish cleaning once the joints have hardened.

Aesthetic tip with tiling

tiling and electrical outlets

The electrical outlets are positioned at the intersection of four tiles.

A tip that facilitates cutting to embed housings.

Worktop and credence tile: tiles

But before the installation of the tiles, the walls are drilled with the help of a hole saw to accommodate the electrical device.

Materials and materials for tiling the worktop and credence:

In the tiler's toolbox you need:

• white glazed stoneware tile 20 x 20 cm (here about 2 m²)

• Spacer spacers for tile alignment (model to be chosen according to desired joint thickness)

• tile adhesive

• notched spatula (supplied most often with glue)

• joint paste (+ dye possibly)

• electric tile cutter

• Protective glasses

• square

• rule

• level

• wooden mallet

• squeegee with rubber blade

• sponge

• cleat

• hammer

• nails

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