Bathroom Tile Countertop
A bathroom tile countertop is an inexpensive way to give a
touch of elegance to your bathroom, or even your kitchen. Using
bathroom tile on a kitchen countertop not only gives you a
classy, elegant look, it is also heat proof, and impervious to
stains. Wherever you decide to add ceramic tile to the
countertop, it will add value and functionality.
Regardless of where you decide to install the bathroom tile
countertop, the installation is the same and fairly easy.
Measure the square footage you need to cover the countertop so
you know how much tile to buy. Also, measure the linear footage
of the edge of the counter as trim is made especially for this.
You will also need enough glue and grout to cover the
countertop. Finally, you will need a measuring tape, a notched
trowel to spread the glue, a rubber grout float, a tile cutter
and snips. All of this is available at your local home fix-it
store. Have someone there show you how to use the tools.
First, if it is in a bathroom or kitchen, you will want to
remove the sink as you want the tile under the edge of the
sink. You will be raising the top of the countertop about a
quarter of an inch, so make sure you have enough slack to put
the sink back in or contact a plumber for help. Next, apply a
little glue to the back of the edge trim and attach it along
the edge of the countertop. This not only gives you a finished
look, but gives you a straight line from which to install the
rest of the tile.
Next, spread the glue from the edge to the back of the
counter and tap in the tile, using a twisting motion to set it
into the glue. Along the edge of the sink and the back edge,
follow the instructions you were given to cut the tiles into
place. When the countertop is covered, use a sponge and clean
water to remove excess glue. Allow the glue to dry twenty-four
hours before grouting.