How to Tile an Outdoor Kitchen

What You'll Need
Grout float
Wet saw
Tile spacers
Chalk line
Tape measure

Adding an outdoor kitchen to your home can provide you with a great space to entertain guests and it will raise the value of your house. Many people that install an outdoor kitchen will put tile on the floor of the space. Here are the basics of how to tile an outdoor kitchen.

Step 1 - Measure the Area

Use a tape measure to get the sizes of the outdoor kitchen space that you plan on tiling. Multiply the length and width together to get the square footage of the room. Add 10% to that figure so that you will have enough for cuts and waste.

Step 2 - Proper Tile

When you are purchasing the tile for your project, you want to be sure that you get the right kind. You cannot install ceramic tile outside if you live in an area that gets cold at any point in the year. If you do, water is going to soak down into the tile and it will break once the temperature reaches the freezing point. If this is the case, you will most likely want to purchase porcelain or some other type of tile that is designed for outdoor jobs.

Step 3 - Marking the Floor

Use a tape measure to figure out the center of the outdoor kitchen from both directions. Then take a chalk line and snap it in the center of the room in both directions.  

Step 4 - Spread the Thinset

Now that you know where the center of the room is, you are going to want to start laying tile there. Take your trowel and spread out some thinset in one of the corners of the chalk lines that you just made. 

Step 5 - Lay the Tile

Gently lay a tile down in to the thinset. Press it down firmly so that there are no air pockets between the tile and the adhesive. Then put a tile spacer on each corner of the tile. You can then put another tile right up against the tile spacers. Continue installing tile like this until you get to the edge of the outdoor kitchen.

Step 6 - Making Cuts

Measure the size of the tile that you need and then mark the back of a tile to cut. Use a wet saw to make an exact cut on the tile.

Step 7 - Dry

After all of the tile is installed, you will want to let it dry for about one day. The thinset is much like concrete and it needs plenty of time to cure. 

Step 8 - Grout

You will then need to start grouting the tile. Use a trowel to apply the grout to the joints. Make sure that you have all of the joints full of grout. You will then need to clean the grout off of the tile. Using a bucket and sponge, clean the grout off of the tops of the tiles. This will also help you level out the grout joints. Let the grout dry overnight before walking on the floor.