Take on a good beginning tile project by tiling a small entryway.
A small entryway is a good beginning tile project because it requires a straightforward application of basic skills. An entryway opens to many rooms; lay it out so it looks best from its most viewed perspective.
About 30 to 45 minutes per square yard to prepare floor and set tile
4-foot level, small sledge and cold chisel, right-angled grinder or belt sander (for wood floor), tape measure, chalk line, margin trowel, roller, notched trowel, straightedge, carbide scriber, utility knife, snap cutter or wet saw, nippers, masonry stone, grout knife, caulk gun, grout float, hammer, cordless drill, putty knife
Troweling, snapping with chalk line, setting tile, grouting with float
Repair structural defects
Bucket, thinset mortar, isolation membrane, tile, spacers, caulk, grout, rags, sponge, water, threshold and fasteners, backerboard and tape (for wood floor), foam backer rod