Looking to replace laminate or some other surface with a ceramic tile countertop? If so, read on to find step-by-step instructions on how put a gorgeous ceramic tile countertop in your kitchen all by yourself for a fraction of what a professional would charge.
To get your surface ready for a new ceramic tile countertop, first remove the existing one. Take off all the old trim and remove any screws. Lay the ceramic tiles out on the floor or other large, flat surface to the dimensions you are wanting, then transfer those dimensions to a ¾ inch thick plywood board by drawing an outline in pencil. Use a circular saw to cut out your new base.
Drill pilot holes and screw the base for your forthcoming ceramic tile countertop into the existing supports on your counter. Add a 1×2 lip to the outside perimeter and secure with screws. Begin laying the tiles with the corners and edge pieces first and applying mastic to the backs of the tiles as you go. Be sure and use spacers to add grouting later on.
Spreading mastic on the remaining surface is the next step in installing a ceramic tile countertop. Use the comb edge of the trowel to create ridges in the mastic.
Apply pressure to the tiles as you slightly twist them to ensure a good adhesion. Use nippers or a tile-cutting tool to as necessary to accommodate curves or odd shapes. Let the tile set per the manufacturers recommendations.
Grouting your new ceramic tile countertop comes next. Remove the spacers and use a float to apply the grout, working at about a 45-degree angle to ensure the joints between the tiles are filled completely. Rinsing it frequently, use a sponge to remove excess grout as it begins to dry.
After the grout has thoroughly dried on your ceramic tile countertop, replace the trim. Go over all surfaces with a damp cloth to remove any tile dust or residue. You now have a terrific ceramic tile countertop to give you years of use, and you did not have to pay a professional to get it.