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1 I made a rug on Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:38 pm

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Well not really. This is a 24" x 36" tiled area by the patio door at one of our rentals. I designed, layed it and grouted it. Pete did most of the cutting.


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2 Re: I made a rug on Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:55 pm

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Wow, very nice!! Great job! ex[nod]

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3 Re: I made a rug on Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:59 pm

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First it was going to be 6 - 12" tiles layed 24" x 36". But somehow it ended up like this. Instead of a 30 minute job, it took about 4 hours. Part of the problem but really didn't slow us down, was when Pete misunderstood the cutting of the LAST tile in the center that had two cuts. One cut ended up at the wrong side. So he had to drive back into town for an .80 tile. GRRR. But while he was gone, I worked around that spot.

I love to tile. It is really easy once you get the hang of it.


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4 Re: I made a rug on Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:50 pm

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Beautiful job! I like the pattern!

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5 Re: I made a rug on Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:57 am

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I had kind of an idea of how I wanted to go but when we got it layed out on the floor, it turned out to be too wide and went into an area where there was a register. Didn't want to work around that. Then I made it square 36" X 36" but it stuck out in the room too far. So we got sick of moving tiles and came home. I downloaded a graph and began spacing it out knowing the different size tiles I had to work with and that worked. We do have a wet saw and that slices throught the tiles like a hot knife through butter, almost. We have tiled about everything, backsplashes, countertops, inside showers, outside showers, 1", 4", 6", 12" tiles, kitchen floors, bathroom floors, on the walls behind and around washer, drier and laundry tubs, dining room floors, and one spot 3' x 5' entering a bedroom where a dog had dug at the carpet and we didn't want to have to replace the whole 12'X 18' carpet. Oh and we made a coffee table and two end tables, and a laundry room table out of 2 x 4s with tile tops. Really tile is easy, just takes a while.


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6 Re: I made a rug on Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:17 am

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Turned out great! I'd love to do some tiling around here someday, just haven't gotten Bruce convinced it would be easy yet.

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7 Re: I made a rug on Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:56 am

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Turned out great! I'd love to do some tiling around here someday, just haven't gotten Bruce convinced it would be easy yet.

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8 Re: I made a rug on Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:51 am

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I love the design and the tiles you selected. You and Pete do such professional work.


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9 Re: I made a rug on Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:06 am

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Lari, if I can do it, anybody can do it. Pick up some brochures or Google it and read up a bit before tackling it. Really, all it takes is cement board under the tile, glue/mortar, tile, grout, sealant, and be able to count and measure. We didn't have a wet saw in the beginning but there are ones around $80 and you'd save that with your first project in labor.


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10 Re: I made a rug on Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:45 pm

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Gosh Esther you simply amaze me with the projects you can do. Are you sure you don't want to move here to Washington and be my neighbor? You should start a teaching class somewhere like at the schools when they have those classes that are open to the public or something of the sort. Everything you make turns out so nicely.


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11 Re: I made a rug on Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:13 pm

Esther, with that kind of talent and your charming personality I'll bet you could teach tiling at Home Depot and get PAID for it!

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12 Re: I made a rug on Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:31 pm

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LOL, thanks everybody. Really, most home projects are doable by anybody. I am just lucky to have been born on a farm with the right genes and a mother who didn't stop at anything when something needed to be done and we didn't have enough money to pay somebody else. Also, my first husband was an industrial arts teacher with a very capable father and my husband of 25 years is a master plumber. So what he doesn't know how to do, he knows somebody who does and we can ask.

One time she decided to put down new linoleum in the kitchen. She smeared glue over half the kitchen and UNDER the toe kick area on the cupboards. We lifted that piece out over the glue as far as we could and then thought we could push it under the toe kick. Uh uh!! It wouldn't slide in the glue. So then she didn't know what to do. So me being barefoot all the time anyway walked into the glue and lifted it enough to get it under that toe kick and then we were able to lay it where it needed to be.

Before that she and I used to paint the linoleum about once a year. She used those big roundish sponges with the big holes and would stipple dark gray, light gray, red and white on it in a blotchy manner. It looked nice.


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