Advice 1: How to update old tile

Tile is durable and long lasting. Therefore, in some apartments the tile even older residents. Only, according to many, the solution in this situation is to shoot down the tile - erroneous misconception. How to do otherwise, below are a few solutions.
How to update old tile
Solution 1: self-Adhesive foil

Retro-chic wall tile can give without a lot of dust, debris and dirt. One of the possibilities to update the top layer of tiles - to seal with a special foil. The big advantage is that it can be done easily even in a rented apartment.
Solution 2: Painting tiles

The following method to refresh the tile is coated with special paint. For this suit of latex, epoxy or oil paint. Before you apply paint, you need to degrease the surface and remove a thin layer of tile, go with a grinding machine. Dust, of course, will be many, therefore the surface treatment will need to be cleaned. Further primed with a primer based on epoxy resin. The procedure of processing of the tile to repeat and then apply the paint. Experts recommend painting the tiles only on the walls that do not have constant contact with water.
Solution 3: Dressing up with photo Wallpaper

You can make a clever "disguise" the tiled walls with his hands. One such option is to stick the photo-Wallpaper on a thin wooden Board (plywood), protecting them on top of the plexiglass. However, this design cannot be placed over the stove, as it is flammable.
Solution 4: Glass and metal panels

The ugly tile is easy to disguise with panels of shatterproof glass. It is possible to make even the recesses for the receptacles. The advantage of glass compared to tiles - completely smooth surface that is easy to care for. As an alternative to panels of stainless steel that are perfect for the wall in the kitchen. Attach these panels are usually between the countertop and the wall cabinets.
Solution 5: Painting tiles

Even if you can't create a fine painting in the form of animals, birds or flowers, to create on the walls a geometric pattern anyone can do it. Besides geometric patterns are in trend now. For this purpose, use a paint for glass or ceramic. Pre-training, in addition to degreasing walls, is not needed.

Advice 2: How to stick the tile in the kitchen

That time has come long-awaited repairs to the kitchen, which can be done with his own hands, without resorting to professional help. The process of sticking the tiles requires no special skills. Your task is to follow the clear advice and a great result will not keep itself waiting. It is not necessary to put the tile on the wall, in the kitchen , you can make a kind of "apron".
How to stick the tile in the kitchen
You will need
  • - metal profiles;
  • - metal shears;
  • - tile or an angle grinder;
  • glue mixture;
  • - primer;
  • level;
  • - spatulas;
  • - grout;
  • - tiles;
  • - anchors;
  • crosses sutures;
  • - construction area.
Prepare all the necessary tools and start preparing the walls. Fight off the old tile and clean off the old adhesive with a spatula to cover the bottom of the wall. If the walls had wall paper or putty, remove them completely and wash the walls from the wash. Using a level, check walls for evenness vertically and horizontally. In the case of a large deviation will have the wall plastered.
On the cleaned wall make notches with a hammer or chisel. Then go over latex or acrylic primer. Leave to dry wall in one to two hours. If you choose to glue the tiles on the concrete, then the surface should be pre-cover "applying mortar" (the drying time varies from twelve to eighteen hours).
Depending on the height of the future of the furniture you will install, determine the lower level of the tile. Measure from the bottom approximately 85-95 centimeters and make a mark. Using the long level, draw a horizontal line along the entire length of the planned paving.
Take the metal profile, measure the desired length, cut with tin snips and attach it to the wall level. This profile will help you to keep ideal, a strictly horizontal level, which is an important point in laying the apron.
Dilute a small amount of the adhesive with water according to the instruction and mix thoroughly. Start to lay the tile from the bottom up, from the apparent angle. Apply the adhesive with a notched trowel in the place where in the future will be laid tile. Narrow spatula, apply a thin layer of glue on the back side of the tile and set it in place. Easy motion press it into the mortar and lay siege with a rubber mallet.
Put the tile horizontally and vertically, using a short level. If it is not level, remove it with a spatula, and put on the glue as needed. The first tile set perfectly and flawlessly, as they will depend on the final result of your work. Pay attention to the pattern on the back side of the tile there is a pointer arrow.
Then put the second side of the tile and check its level in the same way. Install the crosses between the adjacent ribs. Fingers check the seam, the transition should not be felt. On the first tile install third, check the angles between the horizontal and the vertical face of the angle bracket. In the same way the rest lay tiles, do not forget to use spacers.
In the process of laying the tiles you'll need to cut it to size. This can be done with the lever or tile grinder. At the end of laying of apron remove all crosses and clean up the seams between the tiles, TIC insert in place so that the seams are not straight in the drying process.
A day after laying the tiles you can begin to grout. Mix dry mix with water until thick sour cream (make the mixture in small portions, as it is workable for twenty minutes). Moisten the joints and apply grout with a rubber spatula indenting movements. Excess remove in the direction of the seam, after twenty minutes, wipe with a slightly damp cloth.
How to stick tile. Method of application of any adhesive is the same. For this type of work is best suited notched trowel. In the selection of glue for a tile, You will prompt the shopper. Let's start applying the glue to the part of the wall where we will glue the tiles. Cover glue the whole wall is not necessary. With a notched trowel "pilfered" tile adhesive on the wall surface . The adhesive layer should have a thickness of approximately 2.5 mm.
Useful advice
Before you glue the tiles on the wall need to do preparatory work to remove the old coating, make incisions, if necessary, to align the wall primed. To glue the tiles to the wall in two ways, from the center of the wall, in this case, from the corners of the tile will be at the same distance, and from the far corner, in this case, the trim tiles will be minimal. Dilute the glue for tiles, and using a special notched trowel to apply it first on the wall, 1 to 2 per square meter, and then on the tile.
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