Welcome to the first in our Farmhouse makeover series!!
We are starting our farmhouse makeover with teaching the beginners guide to laying porcelain tiles on an uneven concrete floor.
First, we removed everything in the room, including the carpet!
Because the concrete beneath the carpet was not flat and it had a hump in the middle of it, we had to lay underlayment before we could begin with the tiles.
Before we could lay the underlayment, we used primer so the underlayment would stick.
We waited about an hour for the primer to completely dry.
Then we are able to mix and lay the underlayment.
It took the underlayment about a week to be dry. We think it took so long because of the humidity in the air so we turned on the air conditioner to help it along.
Once the underlayment was completely dry, we were able to purchase the tiles!
We started in the middle of the room because we watched a lot of YouTube videos that told us to do that.
But in hindsight, we think that we should have started at one wall and worked our way to the other. The reason that would have been a better idea is that the middle row of tiles didn’t match up with the rest of the rows.
But I still think it looks really good.
First, we marked the room to find the center and then we put a straight board on the floor to keep the tiles straight.
We mixed a lot of mortar!!!
We used a lot of spacers to put between the tiles so the mortar can dry and still leave a grout line.
After the mortar was dry, we were able to pull up the spacers and lay the grout.
The grout was in a bag that we had to mix ourselves but there were others that are premixed; however, they were more expensive.
It was a little more expensive but we were told that the grout sealer was mixed in so we won’t have to use sealer every year.
That’s a win in my book!!
Here is a picture of the floor after the grout was wiped away from the tile floor.
Isn’t it beautiful?!
And here is the tile floor after everything was done!
I love it!! ❤️
I think laying this floor ourselves cost us around $800 so it didn’t take too much to do it ourselves.
It’s beautiful and we’re pretty proud of it but I definitely don’t want to do it again anytime soon!
Laying a tile floor is very messy and back breaking and I’m not a spring chicken any more!! 👵🏻
So what do you think? Would you tackle a project like this or have you already?
Let me know in the comment section below 👇
P.S. Stay tuned for what’s next in the series of our Farmhouse Makeover!!