This past New Year's Eve weekend (& a couple of weekends following), my husband and I decided to take on our second tiling project. This time it was going to be the installation of a slate kitchen tile backsplash.
Before embarking on this second tiling adventure, we attended a FREE class at "The Tile Shop" on Madison's East Side. Their FREE class is held every Saturday at 9:30 am. No need to register...just show up! When we attended, we were the only students...so we received lots of personal attention on our particular project. The staff at the Tile Shop (2328 East Springs Drive, Madison, WI) were wonderful to work with, very supportive & very patient with our many, many questions. We worked with one of their interior designers, "Ashley", (at no additional cost) & we received a significant discount off the retail price of their products.
Since the "labor" was free, I'm sure we saved a TON of money by doing this project ourselves!...and we're quite pleased with the results!
Home Depot also has a free tiling class periodically, which we attended prior to our first project (Mosaic Tile Fireplace Project). Their class was also very good. However, we didn't receive the same type of personalized attention as compared to our experience at The Tile Shop.
For tiling classes at either location, be sure to bring a pen and plenty of paper to take notes!