Keep the tile, lose the rest
December 19, 2012 in Design Dilemma
A previous owner (he may well have been a tiler by trade) DIY'd this great, durable slate tile in my kitchen and hall. But he ran it only up to the toekicks on the kitchen cabinets (leaving the gaps ungrouted, ick), and didn't install any tile beneath the range or dishwasher atall.

I'm planning to replace the cabinets when I remodel in about a year, but want to keep the floor. I'm pretty confident that the tile that's there now can be matched, since the tiler appears to have mixed 2-3 similarly colored tiles. I'm also counting on the installer's being able to pry up the border tiles without damaging the rest, and to be able to strip and reglaze the entire tiled area at the last.

So my dilemma ....

1) Should I plan to install tile beneath the new toekicks and appliances?;
2) Does this plan sound practical, green, economical? Please share your insights!
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Since you only need new tile to be hidden beneath the cabinets, you could just choose something that's the same thickness. No need to match, really. Or did I understand the question properly?!
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Your understanding is correct, though I will need to patch a couple of places where the cabinet footprint is changing. I would like the new toekicks to cover the tile edge though--crumbs and mop water collect in the cracks as it is.
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