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How To: Paint Tile
You are itching to redesign your kitchen or bathroom, but the color of your existing tile limits your options. Certai...
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Bob Vila Radio: Drilling Through Tile
Planning to install a new towel rack or grab bar in your bathroom? That may mean drilling through ceramic tile.  It's...
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Get the Look: Modern Bath
Think luxury. Think serenity. Think clean-lined, uncluttered space. This is the essence of the modern bath. It's a lo...
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11 Style-Setting Tiles Destined for Your Backsplash
When it comes time to design your dream kitchen, remember that details can make all the difference. While big-ticket elements, such as appliances and cabinets, ar...
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6 Creative Things to Do with Leftover Tiles
Having leftover tiles after remodeling your home can often times be a blessing in disguise. Not only are leftover tiles ...
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When in Doubt, Revive Your Grout!
Tile has always been a popular choice for floors, walls, and other surfaces due to its durability and long life. In f...
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How To: Scribe Tile
Here's how to scribe a floor tile to fit around an uneven edge. Set the closest full tile in place, then use another ...
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How To: Remove and Replace Grout
Several years after you complete a bathroom or kitchen renovation, it inevitably starts to show some wear. One culpri...
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Quick Tip: Laying Tile
When laying tile, here's an easy way to save some time before applying any mortar. Dry-fit the tiles on the surface y...
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How To: Tile a Bathroom Wall
Here are some tips to help you tile a bathroom wall. For better moisture protection, apply cement board to your walls...
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How To: Clean Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile consistently ranks as a preferred flooring choice among homeowners, partly due to its beauty—the mater...
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How To: Make a Mosaic Countertop
Here's a unique way to use ceramic tile for a very unusual countertop. Just break up the tiles into random pieces, us...
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How To: Drill Through Tile
Here's how to avoid cracking a tile surface when you need to drill a hole. Mark your point, then gently score the til...
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How To: Replace Damaged Tile
Here's a way to replace damaged ceramic tile.  Remove the grout with a grout saw. Crack the tile with a hammer and co...
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Trending Now: Ceramic Tiles
For durability and ease of maintenance, few materials compare with ceramic tile. Here are some of the hot new looks for 2013.
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Bathroom Floor Tile: Which Is Best for You?
Don't miss Bathroom Floor Tile: 14 Top OptionsBathroom floor tile is available in a surprising number of materials. C...
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How To: Install Ceramic Tile
Installing ceramic tile can be tricky. Successful tiling jobs are a direct result of good planning and a methodical a...
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Tiling Tools
For many years, ceramic tiling was regarded as arcane. It was a specialized vocation best left to the gifted few who,...
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Using Glass Tile for a Handcrafted Look
Glass tile is gaining in popularity over ceramic tile as the surface of choice in home tiling projects. Although typi...
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How To: Work with Mosaic Tile
Here are a few ideas on how anyone can create a real tile mosaic on almost any surface top. The technique is much eas...
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DIY Tile Mosaic
Anyone can create a real tile mosaic on almost any surface top. The technique is much easier than it sounds. First yo...
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Top Tips for Using Glass Tile
Why Use Glass Tile?Glass tile brings depth, luminescence, and a liquid character to indoor, outdoor, or in-ground poo...
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How To: Install Tile
Find the CenterWhen you install tile, you want the finished surface to appear symmetrical, even if it isn't. To accom...
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Bob Vila Radio: Replacing Grout
Long before your tiles wear out, the grout between them can start to look tired, dirty, or stained. A good scrubbing ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Grout
There’s nothing like a freshly tiled floor or backsplash—but there’s nothing more frustrating than seeing those beaut...
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Top Tips for Cleaning Grout Lines
Tile is beautiful, durable, and generally easy to clean, but cleaning grout? That's a different story. Because of its...
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9 Pro Tips for Installing Ceramic Tile
There are many ways to invite problems when you lay ceramic tile. Avoid such problems and a tile floor can last for d...
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Bob Vila Radio: Choosing Tile
Choosing your tile is not as easy as walking into a showroom and picking a color or pattern. You have to consider how...
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Bob Vila Radio: Laying Tile
While you might consider laying tile yourself for moneysaving reasons, remember that the substrate, or what the tile ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tile Mosaics
Mosaic tile has been around for a couple of millennia, but it never seems to lose its popularity. Thanks to advances ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Removing Tile
Tile is one of the most durable installations around, so when it’s finally time to remove it, you might be tempted to...
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Bathroom Floor Tile: 14 Top Options
Modern bathrooms are so much more than they used to be. They’ve gone beyond the practical and utilitarian purpose they were originally designed for, and serve as ...
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Creative Ceramics: Top Trends in Tile
Italian home furnishings designers are always at the cutting edge. For evidence, look no further than the ceramic til...
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Easy-Care Entryway: Replacing Carpet with Tile
You never know why a previous homeowner made the decorating decisions they did, but sometimes you just have to scratc...
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Fireclay Tile: An Inventive Company Flush with Green Ideas
For Paul Burns, Founder and Chief Ceramicist at Fireclay Tile, the deafening sound of crushing porcelain toilets is s...
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A Little Goes a Long Way: Using Decorative Tiles
Many people say their ultimate fantasy as a child was the idea of being allowed to run amuck in the toy store. Once y...
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Encaustic Tile Makes a Comeback
While popular following their development in the mid-1800s, encaustic cement tiles fell out of favor in the mid 1930s...
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Subway Tiles: The New Classics
No longer plain white, today's subway tiles are showing their true colors and style sense.
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5 Reasons to Love Subway Tile
We picked all the finishing materials for our new-construction home in one day at an eight-hour appointment set up wi...
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Quick Tip: Laying Bathroom Tile
While many people consider laying bathroom tile a do-it-yourself project for money-saving reasons, there are many fac...
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How To: Choose Tile
Evaluate Your Needs Choosing tile is not as easy as walking into a showroom and picking the right color or pattern. F...
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How To: Cut Tile
A little patience, along with a little practice and a score and a snap, and you're a tile cutter. While the task can ...
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Grouting Tile Trouble Free
Last week in our forum, a user asked an interesting question: "I haven’t grouted yet, what trouble will I have when I...
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How To: Grout Tile
Maybe I'm the only person (at least over the age of three) who gets a kick out of making a mess, but I would still ar...
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Master Bathroom Tub, Tile, and Low-Flow Toilet Installation
In the master bath, Bob reviews the appropriate design choices made by homeowner and contractor Nick Beasley for this period home. A new low-flush toilet is insta...
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Touring a Designer Showhouse and Baby's Bathroom
In West Palm Beach, FL, the American Lung Association has sponsored a designer showhouse that highlights a healthy home. Bob’s house tour focuses on the baby’s ba...
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Installing Wall Paneling in the Entranceway and Visiting the Completed Tiled Shower
Inspired by designs found in the Isaac Bell historic house, paneling is installed on Bob’s entrance door to the living room. Bob looks at the completed tiled show...
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Installing Tumbled Marble Tile in the Shower
Tile is installed in the master bathroom’s shower area. A flashback reviews the waterproofing work that was done to prevent leaks.
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Repairing Plaster and Installing Ceramic Shower Tiles
Bob heads to the library to discuss the plaster patchwork in progress, and then visits the second floor, where ceramic tile is being installed in a guest bathroom...
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Reviewing the Landscaping Plans
Landscaping architects Rick and Nancy Lamb present their ideas to Bob for converting the landscape and creating urban spaces.
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Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
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Carpeting the Basement and Organizing the Home
Carpet tiles are installed in the basement, and experts discuss storage and organizing solutions for the basement and master bedroom.
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Basement Remodeling Update and Installing Subfloor to Prevent Water Damage
Bob discusses the installation of a plastic subfloor to prevent water damage and the selection of a basement dehumidifier.
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Applying a Textured Finish to the Drywall Interior Walls
Doug Frueh shows Bob how to apply a textured finish to a fiberglass-faced wall and Jim Trottier installs a pre-hung hollow-core door. Then Bob looks at the finis...
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Laying Porcelain Oxidized-Look Tiles
Bob and Anthony Lopez install porcelain tiles for a decorative look.
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Installing a Marble Tile Floor
Bob talks to Nick Tagios, of Tagios Tile and Marble, who's laying down the marble tile bathroom floor using a traditional installation technique.
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Installing Glass Tile in the Shower
The crew prepares to grout the Vitrus Glasstile, which has been installed in the shower using a mildew- and stain-resistant epoxy grout. Bob remarks that, unlike ...
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Applying Glazed Wall Tile in the Bathroom
Rob Shedrofsky from Davinci Stone explains the tiling process to Bob as the Porcelanosa wall tile is installed in the bathroom
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Minton Tile Repair in New York's Central Park
Bob visits the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park with Doug Blonsky of the Central Park Conservancy.
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Preparing a Shower Pan for Tumbled Stone Tile Installation
Bob observes the tile setter Tim Galvin build a shower pan.
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Limestone Tile Installation
Bob talks with contractor Tim Galvin, who is installing limestone tile over a heavy bed of mortar.
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Tiling the Shower
Bob touches base with Eddie Zywusko, the mason and tilesetter, working in the loft apartment's L-shaped shower.
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Plumbing Installation and Creating a Tile Mural
In the second Elmwood project house, a Colonial Revival, a new Kohler tub is installed, while homeowner Pat Simons, a ceramic artists, creates a tile mural.
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Tiling the Patio
Bob joins contractor Ed Weller on the patio, where the crew from Agreda Brothers Tile and Marble is setting cement-based tile over sanded white thin-set mortar. W...
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Making Mosaic Tiles
Bob meets with Sarah McCaleb, an artist who has adapted works of popular Miami artist Romero Britto into mosaic tile.
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Installing Indian Slate Tiles on Back Porch and Pool Deck
Bob and contractor Cortney Lofton discuss the Indian slate tile being installed on the pool deck and back porch.
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Installing Porcelain Mosaic Tile in the Bathroom
Bob meets with contractor Cortney Lofton, who is installing porcelain mosaic tiles with acrylic mastic over an existing bathroom mortar bed.
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Discussing the Zen Garden Design
Bob meets with Donald Young for a tour of the home's Zen garden. Donald discusses the plant choices and lighting requirements in a garden of this size. Slate tile...
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Marble and Venetian Glass Aggregate Bathroom Floor Tiles
Bob and Bob Ingram (from Rover Tile) discuss the tile that's going into the master bath and children's bathroom. The tile is a combination of marble chips, Veneti...
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Adamson Estate Museum Tour
Bob tours the Adamson Estate Museum, just down the beach from the project house, where he gets a look at authentic California-Spanish architecture.
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Clay Tile Roof Installation and Factory Tour
The California-Spanish beach house gets an authentic barrel tile roof, while Bob travels to Mexico for a factory tour of the Redland Caly Tile Company.
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Installing the Barrel Tile Roof
Contractor Joe Fitzgerald explains the installation process for the authentic barrel tile roof. Bob then gives comedian Tim Allen some expert help pouring a new g...
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Shopping for Tile
Bob makes a visit to Elon Tile, a local Los Angeles showroom.
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Applying Mortar Scratch Coat for Shower Wall Tiles
Bob visits with plaster sub-contractor Mike Bennet, who is floating mortar bed walls in the shower space of the beach house bathroom.
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Visiting Tecate, Mexico
Bob travels to Tecate, Mexico to meet tilemaker Javier Ramirez. Javier shows Bob the different kinds of clay common to the Baja region of Mexico, and demonstrates...
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Touring the Courtyard and Meeting Pamela Anderson
Bob tours the tiled courtyard, with its Queen Palms and fountain. And there is a surprise visit from Pamela Anderson, a cast member of "Home Improvement".
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Finishing Touches in the Kitchen
In the kitchen, where the white pine cabinets have been installed, Bob Ryley demonstrates how to adjust a European door hinge before he finishes putting in a plat...
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Laying Glazed Ceramic Floor Tiles
Floor tiles are installed in the bathroom after the underlayment has dried and chalk reference lines have been drawn. Tips on cutting and laying tile are given.
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Replacing the Storm Windows
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley replace the storm windows on the Plymouth project house, and the newly designed bathroom needs tiles.
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Tour of the Tile Factory
As tiling begins on the bathroom floor and in the shower, Bob takes a field trip to the factory where the tiles being used in the project house were made.
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Installing Cultured Marble Shower Walls
Bob helps install cultured marble panels in a bathroom. The tile professional on the job, Jack Miklaus, shares information on fabricating the panels and tips on i...
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Tiling the Swimming Pool
Bob discusses tile and its process of application with the foreman of the pool installation contracting crew.
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Setting Tiles
Bob meets with a tile setter to learn about the installation of tiles in the kitchen.
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Applying Bathroom Floor Tile
Bob looks on as tile setter John Boardman applies bathroom floor tile at the Cape Cod project house.
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Tiling the Bathroom Floor
Tile setter Roger Short performs a “mud job” on the bathroom floor before laying the tile pattern.
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Finishing the Steel Building Container
Once stripped down, an ISBU's exterior is finished with heavy-gauge steel, then faced in sheet-metal wrap and covered with SuperTherm insulating ceramic coating. ...
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Installing Fixtures in a Tiled Bath
Bob checks out the handmade tiles and selected plumbing fixtures in the remodeled bath. When general contractor Tim Berky drills into the tile, he stresses the im...
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Installing Artisanal Tile
Steve Powers (from Trikeenan Tileworks) explains the manufacture of their unique artisanal tiles, and the homeowner lays out her design vision. David Cloutman (fr...
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