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Old 02-17-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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Greetings! We will soon be adding a mudroom off the side of our kitchen and are in the process of selecting tile. Shortly before we purchased our home two years ago, the previous owners redid the kitchen. We are generally happy with the kitchen, new stainless steel appliances, attractive granite countertops, ikea cabinets (not the greatest, but so far so good) and builders grade (blah!) ceramic tile. The tile is fine, but not really the level of finish we would like for our home. As we finish off the mudroom addition, we intend to use a higher quality, more attractive tile (not sure yet what). Since the two rooms adjoin without a door, we think it would be best for the tile to match, no?

How is this situation usually handled?

It seems like it would be a tremendous amount of work to remove the countertops and base cabinets before tiling, not to mention it seems risky for the countertop. Am I wrong?

Can I just tile up to the cabinets, tiling under the fridge, range and dishwasher? In this case though, is it OK to tile right over the existing tile? I think I would prefer to remove it?

Are there any other options? The Ikea cabinets have these adjustable legs. Has anyone made creative use of them to work around this?

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I would remove the old tile.

You could install the tile in the addition and allow for a transition strip for now. Then remove the strip and replace the existing floor at a later time.

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Agreed. Now, to remove the old tile I'd have to also remove the countertops and the cabinets, right? Is it risky moving the granite countertops, or just heavy?
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diying granite counter tops is a mistake imo they are heavy and like to crack at sinks. are you sure tile goes under cab?
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I don't really want to DIY the granite, but it is there already and we like it enough to keep it.

Yes, the tile goes underneath the cabinets.
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i would try to find a way to cut the tile. a friend just had new custom cabs put under his existing granite, they removed the tops and put them back with no breaks so it can be done, real nail biter i would think and i bet no gauranties
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I wouldn't touch the cabinets & counter
I'd cut/break/edge the tile at the bases
My bathroom I put the vanity in 1st, then tiled
I didn't want to have to remove the vanity to retile in the future
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Oops. Never mind.


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