Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sorted! Diy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sorted! Diy

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Byline: Suzanne Bain

RETILING a kitchen or bathroom can seem pretty daunting, but it's actually quite straight forward, providing you use the right tools, measure carefully and are prepared to spend time getting it right.

You must first decide whether you're going to tile over the existing tiles or remove them and start from scratch.

Tiles are a good surface on which to tile, providing they're not uneven or there's already two or more layers of them, as building up further layers wouldn't look good and might be too heavy for the wall.

If you do decide to tile over them, which is, of course, the easier option, it's important to thoroughly clean them first.

Scrub them with a sugar soap solution, wipe down with clean water and allow to dry.

When tiling, just ensure your grout lines are in a different place to the existing ones.

If you choose to remove the tiles, the danger is that you'll create an uneven surface and more problems for yourself, but often removing them is the only option if you want a good finish.

Before you do anything, protect the surrounding surfaces, such as the bath and the worktop, with dustsheets or cardboard.

Make sure you wear goggles, as tiles splinter easily, and remove the old tiles with a hammer and chisel (a wide-bladed chisel is ideal). Remove them carefully or you'll take the plaster off too.

Providing this doesn't happen, you'll be left with some of the old tile adhesive on the wall (some will come off with the tiles).

You now need to make this as even as possible by chiselling it off and sanding it smooth, preferably using an electric sander (ensure you wear a dust mask). Getting the wall flat and even can be a real challenge, but it will, in large part, determine how good the end result looks.

The worst-case scenario is that the wall needs replastering, but most walls can be evened up by filling any holes, sanding and levelling off the old adhesive, which usually comes off fairly easily. …

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