Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DIY Here I come!

On Thursday afternoon Mum asked me if I wanted to go with her to this "Bunnings Ladies DIY Night" I was a bit unsure if I wanted to go or not, It was a school night and I had wanted to stay on the computer for the rest of the afternoon, but then:

Mum: "Barry du Bois will be there." (Barry du Bois is a professional renovator and Master Builder and he is also one of the presenters of 'The Living room')

Me: "Who?"

Mum: "You know, he is one of the presenters on 'The Living room' "

Me: "Whoa, really?"( I quite like the Living Room)

Mum: "Yep"

Me:  "Okay, I'll come!"

It was quite fun and interesting and so  I thought I would blog about it Mum told me that I would have to blog about it.

  • He showed everyone how to patch a hole in a wall,
  • And then demonstrated the best way to put tiles on the wall.
  • And then he showed everyone how to make a vertical garden out of a pipe.

We then got to try our hands at tiling! I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing but once I started I soon got into the groove of it.

1.So first you have to spread tile glue over the space. Using a tool called the "squidgee" (I think that is what it was called) spread the glue around until it is even.

2. The next tool you use is called the "trowel', the trowel
is flat with one side having square notches. You use
 the notches to make even lines in the tile glue for the tile to be pressed down on... ( those notches need to be as big as the tile is thick. When you put the tile on, those rows of glue all squish flat. I think it stops you from using too much glue, having it seep out of the edges and it also makes the tiles harder to get off ( I think).

3. Now you can put on that tile! Squish it down hard and make sure it is even with the other tiles. (Use a 'spacer' to keep it an even distance from each tile)

4. Viola! A lovely-looking tile wall! Now you need to leave it for awhile to let the glue dry. Yay! Waiting, dum de dum de dum .....

5. Next thing you do is 'grouting'. Grouting involves muscles
(Something I don't have much of) to push all of the grout into the tile gaps.
You have to really push to get that stubborn stuff in.

6. When you are confident that you got the tile gaps filled, grab a sponge (the sponge must be completely dirt free) and two buckets of very clean
water. Wet the sponge in one of the buckets and begin to clean the tiles with it, cleaning the sponge every now and then. When the water gets too dirty, chuck it out and use the second bucket... Keep sponging until the grout in the gaps is even and looks neat. Now leave the tiles alone to dry out and..... Viola!!! Done. (I'm sure there is a lot more to tiling than just this but this is all we did that night.) Apparently I am a pretty nifty tiler ;) .

I got a photo with Barry! Yaaaaay!


  1. Yours do look nice and neat! Tiling sound interesting, but I think if one had to do a whole wall it could get a bit boring, but a little bit like you did looks fun.

  2. We are renovating our bathroom and kitchen, which involves tiling the floor. Thank you for your guideline Novus Papilio! You did a great job. :)

  3. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award... now you really will have to do a post...