Get Mike Grigg's step-by-step guide to tiling a bathroom or kitchen.
The key to DIY tiling is to know what areas to do yourself and what spaces require an expert’s touch.
Tiling a bathroom is an enormous undertaking. There are so many things to consider – waterproofing has to be correct, the tile layout has to be spot on, the grout and joint sizes have to be exact.
On the other hand, tiling a kitchen splashback is a much more manageable job you could tackle yourself.
1. Space out all the tiles and use a level to pencil mark out the tile line on the wall for each section to ensure the area is filled up nice and straight.
2. Attach the tiles to your kitchen wall with a tile adhesive. You can purchase this in powder form, that you mix with water yourself, or as a premixed paste.
3. Use a trowel to spread the glue evenly so it doesn’t end up lumpy.
4. Make sure enough space is left beneath the tiles for grouting. Use a pasty mix to work into the joints, and sponge it off once finished for a professional finish.
5. Seal in the tiles to ensure no water gets into the wall, particularly if there are nearby electrics.