Today I’m going to talk about my Patchwork Style Tile Floor we laid in our kitchen. This isn’t a full tutorial because there are so many different ways you could do this. Think of this post as more of a spark of idea. You could take this and make something awesome. And even better, this is probably the cheapest way to go for refinishing a floor with tile.
We started this project with several different size tiles in coordinating colors. Mine was various shades of gray, but I do think it’s important that your colors go together. We completed this project several months ago and now looking back, I wish I would have found a tile with some red worked into it. I say that just because I think that hint of color would have worked great with all the gray. That being said, I don’t ever recall seeing red floor tiles.
The benefit of this technique (It’s not really a special technique. I just really wanted to use that word.) is that you can buy your tiles from thrift stores or rehab stores, saving boocoo money. Mostly their selections don’t have large quantities of the same style/color. We used eight different styles of tile ranging from six by six to twenty by twenty and various sizes in between.
If you already have a couple of boxes of a tile you like, you’re already on the road to laying some tile. The most I had of each tile was two boxes and we used a wet saw to not only cut the tiles we needed to but to cut some of the tiles into smaller or different shapes. This allowed us to not only have the eclectic design the various tiles offered but allowed us to fill in some of the holes this design left us with.
Here are some pictures taken during the process.
(Don’t mind me. I was still trying to clean grout off the tiles.)
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The process was much like putting a puzzle together, but without a picture for a guide and with the added benefit of being able to cut the pieces to fit. It was tedious, though, and required a lot more cutting than a typical tile job would need. But I really liked the patchwork effect it ended with and because we bought most of our tile on the cheap, it wasn’t a really expensive project.
One tip I would add is to lay your tiles where you want them, cutting them to the size you need, then take a picture of them before you lift them to put the adhesive down. That way you’ll know exactly where each tile is supposed to fit. Trust me when I say that you’re going to need the pictures. It’s so hard to put a puzzle together without the image to look at.
Of course, we still had to pay for the adhesive to hold the tiles in place and the grout, but sometimes you can find grout at the rehab stores or building outlet stores for pretty cheap too, especially if you’re lenient on the color.
If you decide to do your own floor, send me a picture. I’d love to see it. I still have a bathroom to refinish so you might spark an idea for me.