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Old 04-25-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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Tile Newbie: Ledge in Basement Bedroom


I need somebody's wisdom about my basement bedroom ledge.

It protrudes three feet in from the wall. It is not a floor. It is more like a countertop. It is not in a bathroom or kitchen.

The ledge consists of foundation concrete, finished over with what seems to be particle board or drywall. The board or drywall was painted by previous owners. I would like to install flooring tile on top.

My question is: would it be fine to install the tile right on top of this painted board/drywall? Right on top of the paint? Do I need to rip anything up first?

Again, it's not a floor, so no one will walk on it. Also, it is not a kitchen or bathroom, no water.

I've attaching three pictures. Thank you, anybody, for your advice!

Pic #1: the painted ledge which I would like to tile over.

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Pic #2: an already tiled ledge done by previous owners.

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Pic #3: the concrete which "lies beneath"!

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Old 04-25-2012, 09:04 PM   #2
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Welcome, Geese.

Originally Posted by Geese
Again, it's not a floor, so no one will walk on it.
Geese make little joke, eh?

If the surface is really particle board, I wouldn't tile over it at all, even though you feel it's in no real danger of getting wet.

The optimum, far as I'm concerned, would be to remove whatever needs to come out to reach the concrete, then install a mud bed over that to make a very flat, level if desired, surface for your tiles.

My opinion; worth price charged.

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