RONA, Ceramic Tiles, and Returning to the Mudroom


Happy Tuesday! I hope all my Canadian readers enjoyed their long weekend! Do friends south of the border get a ‘Civic Holiday’ too?

Today, I’m switching gears and taking you back to a long-time, unfinished project. Remember our mudroom? It hasn’t changed much since my last installment of updates, and there’s a lot yet to be done.

We have already ripped out the existing pantry and rebuilt a new one, extended the bamboo flooring out onto our landing, and painted. When I put it that way, I feel like we’ve hardly done anything at all.

Admittedly, we ran out of steam, partially because this particular project had such low priority. But now, since Project Lift-the-Roof is still so far off, I’m starting to feel the itch for more progress, yet again.
So, what’s the next step? 
Tiles! 
The plan has always been that we would cover these two landings – the wood one right in front of the back door and the landing to the basement – in tiles. The tiles would be far more durable than our gorgeous bamboo, and far more likely to be able to handle the massive salt deposits and dirt tracked in on boots and shoes. Besides that, a little while ago, I found these beautiful ceramic tiles at RONA*.
I’m not sure why, but even for this small space, the idea of huge 12 by 24 ceramic tiles appeals to me. Having fewer seams in this space just seems right. This one seems to be the perfect bit of modernity, sleek, but textured. 
Am I off? Would I be completely disappointed with the huge tiles or would it be just right? And, perhaps the more pertinent question… will we ever get around to picking up the ceramic tiles at RONA and actually getting around to this? 
* This is no surprise. For some reason, we seem to have our best luck with tiles at RONA. Our bathroom floor – a gorgeous black marble that I still love – and our shower tile – the metro style ceramic tiles – came from there. Our kitchen backsplash tile too! It was heavily marked down, a gorgeous mosaic of glass and ceramic tiles.

0 thoughts on “RONA, Ceramic Tiles, and Returning to the Mudroom

  1. Be wary of tile in the mudroom….we tried that out in the house that we are selling and the tiles broke. Branko said maybe he didn't lay them down properly but we dropped one thing on them and a tile cracked. We changed it up and used slate tiles in stead. They are a bit rough but much better for the slip factor! We found that the tiles were extremely slippery and almost fell a few times.

  2. Hmm… noted! We actually have tile on our front porch (I know… what were the previous owners thinking?!?) and it gets pretty slippery in the winter time, covered in snow. This tile has texture to it in the lines, so I'm not sure that will be too much of a problem, but I'll definitely look into the breakage issue before we go for this.

  3. This is going to be exciting, can't wait to see more photos! I think the darker tiles will look great. I just noticed the yellow door as well 🙂 love it!!

  4. Oooh I think those tiles will look fab! There's something about oversized things in small spaces that works for some reason…

  5. A few comments on these tiles from someone who's gotten more experience putting in and tearing out tile than I wanted … first, I can't tell who made that tile because you didn't deep-link into RONA's site, but they look like Emser Strands. Many cheaper 12×24 tiles are difficult to impossible to lay flat because they are bowed in the middle. That may be one of the reasons you can get them so cheaply — experienced tilesetters skipped them on purpose because your tile will end up with more lippage than Mick Jagger. Second, it's difficult to find a tile saw that will rip a 24" long tile if you don't already have one or have access to one. Third, you didn't say how you were going to prep the surface. I can't tell what the surface material is, but it looks to be painted concrete. Is it level? Are the landings square? Is it indeed concrete, or is it wood? If it's concrete but it's not level, you're going to have problems because of the large format of the tiles. (Plus, they look best with a 1/16' grout line, which is difficult in the first place and extremely difficult if not square…) If it's concrete, make sure you strip it thoroughly, then was with trisodium phosphate, then precut everything, then use a modified rapid-set modified thinset because you're on stairs that you likely want to use and large tiles like this have a problem with the thinset not curing underneath them quickly enough. If it's wood … well, good luck, but there's a good chance you're going to see these large tiles crack horribly within weeks. Either way, if you do choose to use this large of a tile, make sure you have something like the LASH system (available at HD cheap, but hard on the thumbs) or the Tuscan Leveling System (good for pros or large jobs) to help you keep these tiles close to one another and flat.

    My summation: It's a mudroom landing; use a smaller, cheaper tile that will be easier to set and where you won't be miffed if the tiles wear. 12×24 dark tiles are trendy, but a mudroom stair is SO not a place to be trendy.

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