How to Replace a Broken Tile in Your Kitchen

How to Replace a Broken Tile in Your Kitchen

Many people enjoy having ceramic tile floors in their kitchen because they are extremely durable and low maintenance. However, accidents do occasionally happen, and if you, for example, were to drop a cast-iron pot on the ground, you might find yourself having to replace a broken tile or a chipped tile. Never fear—this is a job most homeowners are able to handle, even if they don’t have a great deal of experience with do-it-yourself jobs. Here are the steps you’ll need to take: Remove the grout. Make sure you’re wearing safety goggles so you don’t get any flying dust or ceramic chips in your eye, and then pull out the grout from around the tile using a scoring tool tipped with carbide. You should apply just enough pressure to remove the grout without potentially damaging neighboring tiles. Loosen the tile. Put some painter’s tape around the edges of the surrounding Continue reading

10 Tips for Picking Paint Colors

10 Tips for Picking Paint Colors

A fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective ways of sprucing up a space! The biggest challenge, even for experienced designers, is picking the right paint colors. It seems easy enough: you go to the paint store, pick a color from that little bitty chip, take it home and slap it on the walls. In reality, after hours of prep and painting, you may find the color that looked so great on paper looks horrible on the wall. So, short of hiring a paint guru at $150 an hour (really,) here are ten tips for choosing the right paint color:

Determining the Right Layout for Your Kitchen Appliances

Determining the Right Layout for Your Kitchen Appliances

When you’re working on remodeling your kitchen, it can be difficult to get your layout exactly how you want it. After all, you need to be able to balance the size and shape of your appliances with the goals you have for space and functionality. One concept you can use to create a more efficient layout in your kitchen is the “kitchen work triangle.” The three points of the triangle are the three key elements of your kitchen—the stove, the refrigerator and the sink. The general theory is that having these three elements in close proximity to each other (but not coo close) will make the kitchen easier to use. Obviously exactly how you set up your kitchen depends on the space you have available, but it’s a good theory to keep in mind. Here are a few other things to take into account when determining the right layout for Continue reading

Common Problems Associated with Tiled Floors

Common Problems Associated with Tiled Floors

It takes a lot of preparation to be able to tile your kitchen and bathroom floors correctly. While the process might not be quite as difficult as fabricating an entirely new set of cabinets and rewiring your whole electrical system, there are still a variety of challenges associated with installing tile flooring. Here are a few of those problems: Loose tiles. By far the most common problem with tiled floors is when tiles come loose. The tile might sound hollow or have a grinding sound when pressure is put on it, or it might actually fully come off the floor. This is a particularly big problem when tile is placed directly on concrete slabs. There are a number of reasons the tile could loosen, including a lack of soft or control joints around the perimeter and in the tilework. Ceramic tiles often expand and contract depending on the moisture and Continue reading

The Toughest Parts of Remodeling a Kitchen

The Toughest Parts of Remodeling a Kitchen

Have you ever looked at your kitchen and had a grand vision of what it could become? Of course, for most of us, our dreams of the perfect kitchen tend to glance over the amount of work that needs to be done, as well as the difficulty of that work. If you do not have professional training, you could be in for a lot of frustration if you attempt to create your dream kitchen yourself. Here are some of the toughest parts of remodeling a kitchen: Electrical work. While a lot of people have experience with woodworking and general construction, electrical work is more of a niche field. It’s extremely necessary in kitchen remodeling, especially in major overhauls where you are changing the location of outlets and lighting fixtures, the way the room is wired and more. One wrong move with electrical work could be extremely dangerous. Adding a new Continue reading

Hidden Remodel Costs

Five Factors that HGTV Forgot to Mention You can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting a designer or builder bemoaning the disservice “home renovation” shows perform when they tout ridiculously low kitchen and bath remodel costs. The Internet (that gleaming beacon of all information factual and trustworthy) can be even worse! Here’s the thing: if it were all fun and games, everybody’d be doing it. These shows paint an awfully rosy picture, but there’s a lot of information they’re leaving out. Choosing to invest in a remodel is a major financial decision for most households, and being prepared with the right information is the first step toward the success of the project. If remodeling projects were really as easy as they seem on TV that same dead cat would hit drop-dead gorgeous kitchens with every swing. Here are five hidden costs of a remodel that HGTV forgot to mention: Materials Continue reading