How to Remove Floor Tile – One Room Challenge Week 2

How to remove floor tile - One room challenge week 2

The first week of the One Room Challenge flew by!  Seriously, I can’t believe that we’re in the second week already.  I’m going to rate my progress as a 6/10 for this first week.  While I didn’t get as much done as I had planned, it could have been worse.  I was able to complete all of the demo and put three coats of paint on the walls.  Today I’m sharing all of my progress along with a full tutorial on how to remove floor tile.   Before I get into the details of the demo and painting I want to remind everyone of what I started with.  Below is a picture of my original laundry room.  You can find the full design details in last weeks post.

Original Laundry Room - One Room Challenge



Saturday was all demo.  I started by removing the utility sink and the wall shelves.  After that I enlisted the hubby to haul the washer and dryer out of the room.  We have a hand cart so that definitely made the job easier for him.  My existing utility sink worked just fine, but it was all stained up and overall pretty darn gross.

Laundry Room Remodel - One Room Challenge Week 2
Laundry Room Remodel - One Room Challenge Week 2

How to Remove Floor Tile

After everything was out, it was time to break away the old ugly floor tile.  Since my blog is all about tutorials, I figured I’d share my process for removing floor tile.  Before you get started, I would recommend a few tools.

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Before you go ripping out your floor tile, did you know that you can paint grout lines? If that’s the reason you don’t like your floor maybe give painting a try first. If changing the grout color isn’t going to do it for you keep reading and find out how to remove those old floor tiles!



Masons Chisel

Wrecking Bar

Floor Scraper

Safety Glasses


How to Remove Floor Tile - One Room Challenge Week 2

First off, I would like to point out that my washer and dryer are still in the room in the picture below because I was finishing up my last load of laundry and didn’t have the patience to wait for it to finish.  We removed the first few rows of tile and then when the loads were finished we moved the washer and dryer out.  We also thought we could get away with not removing the base boards but it ended up being difficult remove the floor tile from under them so I’d recommend to remove the base boards before you get started.

Break up the grout using a chisel and a hammer.

How to Remove Floor Tile - One Room Challenge Week 2

Once you have some leverage under a tile you can use the wrecking bar to break the rest of it up.

How to Remove Floor Tile - One Room Challenge Week 2

I filled 5 gallon buckets with the broken tile to haul it out of the room.

How to Remove Floor Tile - One Room Challenge Week 2

After all of the tile was removed, I used a heavy duty Floor Scraper to remove the excess thinset and get a level surface to apply the new tile.


Cement board fix

After the room was completely demo’d I noticed that there weren’t enough screws in the cement board.  They are supposed to be placed every 4-6″ but whoever installed the old tile definitely didn’t do that.  I could feel the cement board flex in some spots so it’s no wonder the old tile was cracked!  Luckily, it was an easy fix.  I had a bucket of cement board screws left over from my bathroom remodel so I just added them where they should have been and now I have a super solid base to tile over.

How to Remove Floor Tile - One Room Challenge Week 2

This part isn’t fun so I got my husband to help out.  😉

How to Remove Floor Tile - One Room Challenge Week 2
Laundry Room Remodel - Week 2 One Room Challenge

Wall paint

3 years ago when we moved in, the laundry room was the first room that I painted in the house.  I went with a dark teal color which at the time I loved but over the years I’ve trended toward light neutral wall colors.  This time around I knew that I wanted a very light gray/almost white wall color so when I came across weathered white by Behr I was sold.  I didn’t even get samples, I just went for the entire gallon.  Does anyone else do that?  I see other people getting 5-10 different samples, slapping them on the wall and over analyzing which one is perfect.  Not me!  I’m just like “yeah, that’ll work”.  Maybe 3 years from now I’ll paint it again 😉   The pictures really don’t do it justice.  It has a slight gray/tan hue but for some reason it looks stark white in these pictures.

Laundry Room Remodel - Week 2 One Room Challenge

And that’s a wrap for the first week!

Week 3 plan

Here is a picture after I started planning out the tile.  I’ll be laying the new tile this weekend and will share that process next week!

Laundry Room Remodel - Week 2 One Room Challenge

I also got my drop in utility sink and a faucet set last week.  This week I’m going to start planning out my woodworking plans for the sink base but I probably won’t start actually building it until the following week.  Let’s be real, laying the new floor is going to keep me busy enough this weekend.

Laundry Room Remodel - One Room Challenge Week 2

You can visit the One Room Challenge blog to see room transformations from several bloggers.  They have featured and guest participants.  If you would like to check out my week one post you can find it here.

One Room Challenge Guest Participant

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I’ll be posting my progress each Thursday for the next four weeks with the final reveal posted on Thursday May 9th.

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  1. The old ceramic tile is gone, but our house is on a slab, and removing thinset from the concrete has been a much harder job than removing tile. What do you suggest for that phase of the job?

    1. Hi Ann. If you’re going to tile over it again just use a floor scraper to get off anything loose. It doesn’t need to be perfect if you’ll be tiling over it again. If. You’re putting down a different type of flooring I’d suggest using a sander. For a small room a belt sander would work but if it’s large you may want to use a drum sander.

  2. I eventually want to remove the tile (looks identical to what you originally had) from my kitchen — how long would you say it took you to remove it all?!

  3. Nice work. This is great advice! The knowledge you share really helpful. Surely your post will help more people.

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