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Ready to Commit: Busting Up Your Ugly Ceramic Floor Tile

Ready to Commit: Busting Up Your Ugly Ceramic Floor Tile

You may remember a post I did here on Curbly about painting the mauve ceramic tiles in our front hall. I stand by that project. However, painting the ceramic tiles in our master bathroom doesn't strike me as wise way to do away with that look.  Every single day I stare at the tortoise shell colored tiles and wonder how much I'd regret getting started on this project. Once I start, the tiles continue into the closet, up a step, and across the floor of a sitting area we've covered with carpet. So, even though I know in my mind what it takes to do this job, I checked back in with my trusty gurus at This Old House to remind me of what I may be getting into. 

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Here's what you'd need:

safety glasses

leather work gloves

cold chisel

3 lb sledgehammer

flat bar or similar demolition tool (power chipping hammer)

(possibly) a reciprocating saw with a 12 long wood cutting blade

You have to start out by seeing what's under the tile, if you don't already know.

So just pick a spot and chisel out a section to see what you're in for. Assess what tools you'd need to rent and then pick a couple of days for demo. Remember, if you damage the subfloor, you'll have to replace that too. Hmmmmm?.....

Read more tile removing advice from Joe Ferrante at This Old House

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