The most popular finishing material for a kitchen apron is a ceramic tile, and the most popular type of tile is in the form of decorative brick, which is often called “hog” or “subway”.
What is a "pig"?
This is a rectangular small-format glazed ceramic tile, which is similar in shape to brick and is often laid according to the type of brickwork, that is, in a run-up. Usually tile “under the brick” has chamfers (facets), that is, beveled edges along the edge of the tile, which give volume and texture to the surface coated with the “pig”.
And here an apron "pig" from tiles without facet.
- In the west, brick imitation tiles are called “underground”, as many stations in the London, Paris and New York subways are decorated with tiles of exactly this format. In our country, brick tiles are called “pigs” because the tile blank had two through holes on the end, which made it look like a pig's side on the side. Informal name went to the people and stuck.
See also the material: How to choose a tile for the apron: 12 nuances and an overview of popular formats
What are the sizes of "pig"?
As a rule, the length of the tile "under the brick" is two or three of its width. Depending on the manufacturer and the collection, piglet sizes vary as follows:
- Length - 12-30 cm;
- Width - 6-10 cm;
- The most common size - 7.5 × 15 cm, also popular formats: 10 × 20 cm, 15 × 30 cm, 7.5 × 30 cm.
In the photo below is an example of a classic tile "subway" measuring 7.5 × 15 cm.
And here is another common tile size 10 × 20 cm.
The format 7.5 × 30 cm looks like this (scroll the photo to the right).
- Tiles need to buy with a 10 percent margin in case of unsuccessful trimming and marriage.
In what style of interior is this apron appropriate and how practical is white tile?
Today, the hog apron has become more relevant than ever thanks to the fashion on kitchen interiors in the Scandinavian styleas well as in styles loftindustrial country music and provence. In the next collection of photos are presented "brick" aprons in a different design (scroll).
- The design of the “brick” apron can be very different depending on: the size of the tiles, their color, texture, the presence of chamfers, the use of decorated inserts, the method of laying the “pig”, as well as the color of grout and the width of the joints.
- You can choose a tile with a matte or craquelure glaze (that is, with small cracks with antique effect).
The most popular and versatile apron colors are white, beige and cream.
- How easy is the “white pig” tile in the kitchen apron? Ceramic tile itself is one of the most practical finishing materials. Due to the smooth glaze on ceramics, dust and dirt do not stick to it and are easy to wipe. And a white apron, which seems to be brand, in practice is no more brand, than an apron of any other color. Moreover, dust, grease, dirt stains and stains on a light surface are less noticeable than on a dark one, and the view of the working area of the kitchen against the background of the white “pig” will be much tidier. And do not forget about the ability of light shades to visually increase the space and make it lighter. However, one drawback of a brick apron is still there - it is the presence of grooves-seams, which complicate the cleaning somewhat, but not so critical that it is abandoned if you like it.
A black apron is also in demand, but keep in mind that it is no lighter than white in care.
What are the ways of laying?
The traditional “metro” apron imitates a brick wall, which is why it is most often put into disagreement with a different offset or “seam into the seam” (in the photo on the right). In the latter case, the emphasis in the design of the apron is placed on the seams, so most often the grout is chosen in a contrasting color, and the seams are done very carefully and evenly.
Which grout to choose?
The grout (it is also called fugue) for the seams of the apron from the tile, you can choose: in the tone of the "pig", universal white, beige, gray or black.
- Whatever color you choose to grout, it must be waterproof, designed for frequent washing and temperature changes. Choose a quality grout - cheap mixes darken quickly.
- In order to avoid darkening of the seams, you can buy an epoxy-based trowel mixture that does not darken, since it almost does not absorb dirt and water. But it quickly freezes, so you need to work with it quickly and smartly.
Laying tiles "pig" on the kitchen apron
Laying a hog with your own hands does not seem to be such a difficult task, and yet, this process cannot be called simple. After all, there are a lot of tiles, each one must be carefully laid, some of the tiles should be cut off, take into account sockets, veneer difficult places behind pipes and a gas column and, if necessary, revet external and internal corners.
If you are not sure what to do - hire a professional tiler. If laying tile is already familiar to you, then what recommendations will be useful to you.
- The most important thing in laying the apron under the brick is to align and prepare the wall well, the second requirement is to make markings and preliminary layouts on the floor;
- The apron can be laid both before the installation of the headset, and after, but in the first case it will be easier for you to find out where to start and where to finish the laying;
- What should be the size of the seams? The thinner the seam, the more difficult it will be for you to lay out the dies exactly, respectively, the larger it is - the easier it will be to work. A small percentage of the error is inevitable even with high skill, but if the seam is large, then it will be easier to avoid irregularities and they will be less noticeable. The optimum seam thickness is 2-5 mm.
Step-by-step instructions for installing a hog apron with your own hands:
- By leveling the wall by level, we putty, we ground it, we wait for the wall to dry completely;
- We measure the distance from the floor to the apron, the height of the apron and the length; we apply the marking on the wall using a level, laser or plumb;
- We fasten a metal profile or a corner along the lower horizontal marking line, which will simplify the alignment and fixation of the lower row of tiles;
- We knead glue strictly according to the instruction by means of the construction mixer or the puncher;
- Now, wearing glasses and a respirator, proceed to cutting tiles. This can be done with the help of a grinder with a diamond disc (in the photo on the right) or a high-quality tile cutter;
- Apply glue to the wall with a notched trowel and start laying, inserting "crosses" between the dies.As soon as the glue dries (in about 24 hours), the cross inserts and the supporting profile can be removed and started to grout the joints;
- The grout is applied and distributed with a small rubber trowel and after drying, the excess fugues are wiped with a sponge;
- If necessary, we mount the plinth along the edges and on top.
Very detailed instructions with photos and videos for laying apron look in the material: We mount a kitchen apron from a tile independently.
How to lay the tile "pig" in the corners?
Facing the outer and inner corners raises questions when laying even ordinary tiles, and the volume “hog” in this regard is even more difficult.
- To get the corners neat tiles need to be cut at an angle of 45 degrees;
- It is best if, in addition to the rectangular tile, you also buy square tile in the same color and from the same collection;
- It is not always possible to purchase additional square tiles for decorating the corners, so often trimming of tiles is required. In this case, whole, uncut “bricks” are superimposed on the corner, and the sliced ones are inserted inside the row;
- In a pinch, you can use a PVC corner that covers the corner of the tiles.
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