How to Lay and Grout Laminate Tile
Part 9: Kitchen Remodel and Structural Wall Removal
Well we made it to the flooring portion of our journey and let me just say that despite being thrown the few curve balls we’ve come to expect, it was a success 😀 I’m sure you can imagine my excitement regarding this day! We hadn’t had real flooring in our kitchen in months and I had been dreaming about how it was gonna look basically since we moved in. Because we were on such a tight budget, I had been buying our flooring over the course of a year and a half. I figured out roughly how much we would need once the wall was gone and then every once in a while when we’d go to Lowe’s I’d pick up a box until we had enough. The floor had been a long time comin lol!
Filling in the Holes
The main struggle we had was getting the floor ready for for the new flooring. After removing the wall we were left with holes in the floor that had to be filled and made level before we could even begin. Like most everything else we figured it out as we went, mostly by trial and error.
We layered 2x4s and 2x2s and kind of puzzle pieced it together until we were pretty darn close to level and then we glued everything in place with Liquid Nails. Then Ed added a layer of the luan we were using as sub flooring for the tile.
Once we had a nice level floor we could start laying the sub flooring. It’s always interesting to lay something square next to our walls and see exactly how crooked they are lol!
Installing the Sub Floor
As Ed cut the luan I overcame my fear of the staple gun and got everything stapled down. Here’s a funny story that includes a tip. I didn’t have the pressure turned up enough on the compressor so I had to go back through and hammer almost every single staple in because they didn’t sink or weren’t flush. I’m pretty sure it was something like 8000 staples haha! Seriously though, everywhere there’s an ‘x’ there’s a staple. Check your pressure people it’s no joke!
Once the luan was all down the kitchen looked weird! I think we got done stapling and hammering at like 10pm on that particular day. It had been a long day and we were glad to be done but the exciting part was still to come and it’s amazing how seeing that end result will fuel you on the next day.
Laying the Laminate Flooring
If you remember this was the same tile we put in the bathroom and had always planned on continuing out through the kitchen. We just had to pop up the one tile and then we would have a line to follow. They are 18×18 travertine laminate tile that can be found at Lowe’s. Before you start laying you want to make sure the floor is as clean and dust free as possible.
Grouting Laminate Tile
I did go ahead and buy 1/8 inch tile spacers and it really sped up the process. I laid them as fast as I could peel and stick them. We decided the most efficient way to do it was for Ed to do all the edges and cutting while I did all the center tiles. We did also use tile glue to ensure they would hold. As I went along I tried to make sure the pattern on the tiles was varied.
We actually almost got done at the same time. Then the next weekend I grouted everything. I thought it would go a lot faster than it did but it’s a pretty big room and took me about 3 1/2 hours. Also keep in mind this was only my second time grouting.
To grout you’ll need a bucket of water, a grout sponge, a trowel or float, and the grout of your choice. Below is a picture of what we used and the color of our grout is called Warm Grey, which can be purchased at Lowe’s. You’ll find the link for the grout here.
I have no idea why Finn felt the need to be in almost every single picture lol but we’re so happy with how it turned out! It honestly took a few days to get used to it, and the fact I no longer had to wear shoes at all times inside haha! The tile has a really natural look and texture as well as being the light neutral color we wanted.
Hope you enjoyed the article! As always feel free to ask any questions! It’s amazing to see it all really start coming together and we’re so close to being done! Thanks so much for checking out our little blog!