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How can I get nail polish off of grout?

Nail polish remover could get it off the tile, but the grout stays peskily stained. What should I try next? [more inside]
posted by acm on Oct 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Best way to fill in missing floor tiles?

When our staircase was remodeled several years ago, it left an area with no tile at the base of the new stairs (old stairs were curved, new ones are not.) It's been 6.5 years of stubbed toes and general unsightliness, and I need suggestions on what to do with this area. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Jun 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Hairline cracks in bathroom tile

One of the floortiles in the bathroom cracked. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by griphus on May 20, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I fix this?

Can I fix this myself? It's mostly intact except for some smallish chips. I have zero experience with tile work.
posted by latkes on May 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Vintage tile repair

The good news is that I found white hexagonal tile under the nasty vinyl flooring. That's also the bad news. Here is the floor currently. Basically, the tiles themselves are in pretty good shape considering they are about 100 years old. There are a few cracks, but the real problem is that the glue from the floor that was above it will not come off from in between the tiles. Detail shot. This is pretty much the kind of floor we want, but the mrs. is about ready to call it and just install a new hex floor on top. I'm not quite ready to give up. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Mar 22, 2014 - 13 answers

What's the name of this path-based board game?

I'm trying to remember the name of a board game I used to play growing up. The objective was to make a path from one edge of the board to the other using square black-and-white tiles. [more inside]
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe on Jan 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me paint my bathroom

I have a bathroom that has had some serious moisture issues over the years. I recently installed an exhaust fan and that's mitigated the problem somewhat. My big issue is this: the wall paint (semi-gloss latex) is peeling off where the wall and tile meet. It started bubbling up here and there and I made the mistake of pulling on a little piece today and the paint came off like peeling an orange. I need to repaint several of the walls in the bathroom while trying to prevent the paint from peeling off again. How do I seal the walls or at least where the wall and the tiles come together to keep the moisture out? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Jan 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Please help me fix my bathtub

We had our bathroom completely renovated 2 years ago. A couple of issues have gradually developed, that I don't think are serious enough to call in the contractor to repair, and I'm happy to do the work myself if it's easy enough, so I'm looking for advice on how best to proceed. [more inside]
posted by valleys on Dec 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Will we be able to clean off "nie wieder bohren" adhesive?

Our rental apartment has a tile-covered shower but no built-in curtain rod. Right now we are making do with a spring tension rod that collapses at the lightest touch. I am considering purchasing the Rotator Rod and installing it with the No-Drilling Required Adapters for Hard Surfaces that uses the "nie wieder bohren" semi-permanent adhesive to attach. I am concerned it might be difficult to remove when we move out of the apartment months or years later. Do you have any experiences or advice that might inform this decision?
posted by grouse on Dec 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Tile in living room: fugly or nice?

I am getting rid of the horrible pet-stained carpet in my living room and am considering replacing it with tile. Is this a completely crazy idea? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Nov 20, 2013 - 48 answers

Oh sticky, sticky, oh naughty, sneaky.

I want to attach a suction-cup soap dish in the shower. Suction cups don't work on my tiled bathroom walls. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Are 24"x12" wall tiles too big for a standard 5' bathtub surround?

We fell in love with some large travertine tiles but I'm worried that they may not be appropriate to the size of our bathroom. The large-sized wall tile examples I see online are all in big rooms with soaker tubs or oversized walk-in showers. I can't tell if this is because large tiles aren't suitable to "real world" bathroom sizes or if these floor-to-ceiling applications just showcase the tiles better. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Sep 14, 2013 - 12 answers

I want to mount a large, irregular tile shard on my wall. How?

I want to mount a large-ish, irregularly shaped tile shard on my wall. How do I do it without damaging the tile?
posted by sdis on Sep 7, 2013 - 11 answers

How to fix this flooded kitchen floor?

Bought this house about three years ago and then learned that the water pipes, under the concrete-terrazzo slab, had burst and flooded the place (no, incompetent inspector did not notice this). The previous owner had then laid down an inexpensive woodlike floor. That was carelessly done but looked okay overall, except that residual water had stained and darkened a few areas. I had the house re-piped and the floor seemed to have dried and healed leaving just those few dark spots. [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms on Jul 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Caring for brand new tile and grout

When our bathroom renovation is complete this week, our house will have tile and grout for the very first time: white subway tile with light gray grout on the shower walls and porcelain faux slate with dark gray grout on the floor. How do we keep it clean? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Jun 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me clean my old gross quarry tile

I recently moved into an older apartment with many quirks and charms. The floor is not one of them. It's quarry tile, like you find in restaurant kitchens, and it is disgusting. At one point it had been sealed or varnished, and the sealant is now peeling off. The grey grout looks like someone mashed dirt into it even after it's been scrubbed with Comet. Help! [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Apr 8, 2013 - 17 answers

Tile Under Appliances in Kitchen?

The cabinets are already installed at floor level. Do we tile under the range and dishwasher or up to them? Also the dishwasher is already installed, but if we have to, we can take it out and tile under it. Opinions?
posted by Andrea2880 on Feb 12, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I hang a tile with this unfamiliar kind of hardware in the back?

How do I hang a tile with this unfamiliar kind of hardware in the back? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon on Dec 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Wood floor gunky glue begone

How do I remove a thin layer of vinyl tile backing glue from a hardwood floor? [more inside]
posted by baggers on Dec 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me put a great big smile on my mother's face Christmas morning please!

Could you help me find a necklace for my mother? [more inside]
posted by humph on Dec 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Using wood for a shower floor

I am having my bathroom professionally remodeled and I am strongly considering having the shower floor made out of wood (most likely Teak or Ipe), resting over conventional concrete drainage. Any experience, advice or vendor referrals from people who have done this or from professionals would be appreciated. I'm particularly concerned with the ongoing maintenance and durability compared to traditional pebble or tile shower flooring. Is it worth the elegance and tactile comfort enhancements? [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 on Nov 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Where's the tile? Like, now

Need to buy some subway tile in NYC... quickly. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Nov 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Opening the World of Open Mapping?

Please give me a thorough, basic summary of open mapping (open source mapping) so I can add pretty, complex maps to websites without making it a full-time job. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Aug 21, 2012 - 12 answers

I picked the wrong color!

Any Mefite floor tile experts out there? My grout choice turns out lighter than I'd like..... [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Jul 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Tile importing + baby clothing = ?

Can you help me come up with some cute ideas for a customized onesie or other baby gift, having to do with tile? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Clean with the power of steam!

Do you use a steam floor cleaner? I've read all the reviews, now I'd like your thoughts ... a few special circumstances inside: [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 8, 2012 - 10 answers

It keeps coming back, now to end this tile menace.

What is this weird stuff that appears to be growing in grouted areas of my outdoor patio tile? Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by cgk on May 27, 2012 - 7 answers

What's the Catch?

What is the difference in quality between Home Depot/Lowe's porcelain tile and that from a specialty tile store? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Something cool to look at when I forgot my book

What color grout should I use? I'm using these hexagonal tiles in our bathroom, and we're about to grout them, but I'm not sure if I should use black, white, or grey grout. Which color might best highlight the tile shape and pattern? I'm leaning toward black or a dark grey, but haven't seen it used on these tiles before. Any experience with a dark grout?
posted by Toekneesan on Dec 28, 2011 - 18 answers

new tile floor?

a friend's basement flooded, and the floor needs replacing (wood on a concrete slab). she asks if porcelain tile could be laid in, considering the (remote) chance it could happen again. I think so, but wonder about the contact layer, and leveling over the slab. what would you use? would you seal the edges to prevent water getting in there (freezing/expansion)? is porcelain impervious?
posted by ebesan on Nov 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Floor by the door chore

Do I absolutely need cement board under my tiles? What happens if I don't use it? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Nov 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Bird Houses Aren't Real Houses

How can my kid best test an experiment regarding roofing materials and their ability to block heat? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Quick fix floor.

How to quickly retile over a busted old floor? Bonus: potential asbestos hazard. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

A Space Souvenir must be good for something!

Fine me a project! A friend visited the Kennedy Space Center a year or so ago, and brought back souvenirs – I now own a 4x4 tile made of the same (silicon? ceramic?) insulating material that protected the Space Shuttle. Is there anything I can do with this other than admire it? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander on Aug 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Building bathroom, need store recommendations in Portland.

Building a bathroom in Portland, OR. Where to buy affordable fixtures and tile besides bix-box stores, Ikea and the Rebuilding Center? [more inside]
posted by pernoctalian on Jul 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Alternative weight lifting equipment locations

Love weight lifting, hate the drive to the local Megagym (or any gym). Reasonably cheap weight lifting equipment abounds, but space is a problem. I have a couple of options available, and I could use some help. [more inside]
posted by Punkey on Jun 17, 2011 - 8 answers

How to waterproof my shower cheap?

My tiled shower walls are water permeable, and it is messing up the adjacent drywall. Two tile guys agree - is a design issue, and re-grouting will not fix. Would cost a small fortune to fix right. I am redoing bathroom in five years or so, but for now, I need cheap waterproofness. What can I do to my walls that will keep water out? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite on May 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Help us not f*&k up out Bathroom!

We are putting tile in our bathroom! what do we need to know? or what do YOU wish YOU had known before your bathroom tile project? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on May 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Choosing shower floor tile shouldn't be this hard.

Now I need help choosing tile for the shower floor. Is the one I picked going to hurt me? I know you are not my tile setter but I've got to order tile soon. Testing the tile before ordering is not an option. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Opinions about a backsplash, please?

Putting in a kitchen backsplash and want your opinion. Doing a stainless steel backsplash behind stainless steel oven/range and white subway tile the rest of the kitchen. Grout is a grey which will work for the SS tile and also for the white subway tile. However, the white subway is 3x6" and the SS tile is sold as 1x2" but isn't really quite 1x2. Our handyguy says it will look bad to have the groutlines not even with each other due to height difference of tiles (SS vs white) but the guy at the upscale tilestore says not an issue. We aren't sure if it will or not. [more inside]
posted by dublin on Mar 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Need specific inspiration images for shabby chic bathroom.

I need inspiration for an impending South Florida master bathroom remodel. I like a shabby chic style, and I understand the principles, but desperately need specific images for a bathroom that totals 45 sq feet outside of the shower stall, and probably more like 30-35 sq feet once you subtract the water closet. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Feb 25, 2011 - 9 answers

There's no hiding, behind moulding / hardwood.

What might the original moulding around our 20s-era fireplace have looked like? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Oct 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Backsplash tile to complement granite counters and wood cabinets.

Need help deciding on tile for our new kitchen backsplash! We recently moved into a renovated house, and it already has these granite countertops. I'm not a huge fan of the color or strong veining, but they're new and we don't have the money to replace them. Our cabinets are currently dark brown, though we might paint them a light grey or white in the next year or so. What kind of tile or marble should we use on our backsplash? Or should we just paint it another color with somewhat washable paint? We cook lots and there are already quite a few marks above the stove and around the sink. [more inside]
posted by barnone on Sep 16, 2010 - 26 answers

Mosaic tile art project advice needed. Are you a mosaicist?

Is anyone here a mosaic tile artist ? I'm looking for a source for mosaic tiles that have a significant range of shading, to construct a monotone tile mosaic from a b&w photo. [more inside]
posted by eaglehound on Aug 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Floor tile: How much higher can one tile be than another? How to document the difference?

I'm looking for (tiling) industry standards for acceptable amounts of lippage (one tile higher than the one next to it) for 12"x12" granite tile. Also, what's the best way to a) Measure and b) photograph the amount of lippage? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Aug 16, 2010 - 3 answers

Mat It or Crack It?

Basement remodel / cardio equipment question: old unfinished basement had concrete floors. Down there we have all the usual basement 'stuff', plus a cardio setup with a treadmill. Until now, the treadmill was on rubber mats - but we've installed a new porcelain tile floor... [more inside]
posted by matty on Jul 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Advice on tiling over butcher block?

Should we lay a tile border around our sink so we don't ruin our new birch countertops? If so, what do you wish you had known about tiling before undertaking your first project? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner on Jun 19, 2010 - 10 answers

Plywood floors for our kitchen?

Are plywood floors a good choice for our kitchen? [more inside]
posted by iconomy on May 11, 2010 - 30 answers

"Plugging Holes", with your host Bob Vila

How to deal with somewhat large holes in a wooden floor? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 10, 2010 - 10 answers

My fancy shower has mold. Help me!

My huge fancy stone-tile shower is growing mold like crazy. What can I use to clean this up that won't hurt the septic tank? [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Apr 21, 2010 - 13 answers

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