Wall makeover estimate: How much to clad or tile a wall?

This week I’m going to showcase some inexpensive projects done around the house. We’ll cap it with a easy, DIY project on Friday.

If you remember, I’d spoken about wall cladding a while ago. The project, in itself, was easy to get done, but making the decision was hard. We went back and forth choosing the tiles, questioning often if it go well with the new paint color or not. Of course, if you don’t intend to re-paint anytime soon, it might be easy for you to decide. Initially, we were inclined to clad the walls perpendicular to the orange one as it is in the line of sight from the main door in an earthy palette or render it a stoned look.

After multiple trials and combinations that stretched into weeks, we settled on this offbeat tile from Somany. In retrospect, the grey, earthy tile that we had selected initially would have geled well with the Asian Paints Surprise your spouse wall color. But, what’s the point of an accent wall then, right?

This is in progress where the wall is chipped closely so that the tiles can be cemented. The wall took about 3.5 hours to clad from start to finish. Chipping, cementing and finally grouting. It’s about 72 sq.ft in area.

Now, coming to costing. Wall tiles start from Rs. 28 per sq.ft and go all the way up to Rs. 130 sq.ft. The ones we chose are from Somany (Rs.57 per sq.ft) and come in boxes of 1 pieces each. The tile is 16*12 inches in dimension. If you are choosing local brands, it’s possible to get single pieces and not be forced to buy the entire box.

So, that was about Rs.4,100. Labor cost for laying is usually Rs.10-12 per sq.ft but since this was a small area, they charged Rs.1,100. In all the project cost came to Rs.5,200. The choices are umpteen so if you are thinking of painting your home this festive season, throw in a cladded wall into the mix and you’ll be glad with the results.

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