Not so surprisingly, the carpet came up REALLY easily I mean there was no more glue holding that stuff down. And we ended up with this.
After about a week I got to this point. All the tiles that didn't need to be cut were stuck down. I was admittedly a little bit terrified of the tile saw.
Now it has a rug on it, awaiting its dining furniture (another post).
I have to say, I REALLY like the result, but I am not in a hurry to tile anything else any time soon. I learned a few very valuable lessons.
- Measure, measure, measure and maybe even lay a few things out before you stick the tile down. I have a little bit of a slope in my lines. Nothing you can see unless you are looking at the edges. there is almost 4 inches of difference in where the rows square up with the walls. OOPS. If I ever tile anything inside, I will know to double check those things and make sure its a little more square.
2. When you stick tile down, especially if it takes you more than one day, don't be tempted to leave the extra globs of mastic around the tile. It will make it nearly impossible to lay the tiles flat the next day. I spent about an our on day 2 taking my trowel around and scraping up the extra dried gloop I left from day one. Its REALLY easy to just scrape it up while its still wet instead of waiting until its dry.
3. WEAR GLOVES while grouting. I don't think anything I read explicitly said that, I didn't have any on hand so I just went bare skinned. I wont show pictures of my bloody knuckles, the hole "burned" in my pinkie finger or my disgusting peeling skin, but just know its a good idea to wear gloves. Now it should be noted that I make a terrible mess with whatever I do, I use my hands a lot (mixing the grout, spreading it etc) and most people are probably not that messy, but ANYWHERE I got grout on me, I had some skin irritation... just trust me on this one and wear gloves :)
4. Take some breaks. I managed to pinch a nerve in my wrist leaving me with numbness tingling and weakness in my left hand. Its been a week since I finished grouting and things are definitely getting better (I could barely type on day 1), but its a real pain in my hand and was probably totally avoidable. To save my knees I sat on my bum and must have put all my weight on my left arm while I grouted with my right arm. I had ZERO back pain (which is good), and my arm didn't hurt at all while I was grouting, but when I finished and started cleaning up I realized that I could barely move it and my pinkie and ring finger were constantly tingling. No fun.
And now I leave you with a sneak peak at this weekends project... Refurbing a dining set to go out on the porch :)