Here I am with another one of Chris’ clever DIY tricks! I caught him doing this one the other day when he was laying the floor tiles in the bathroom and I just had to share it. I never would have thought to do it like this, but it works like a charm!
Start out by measuring the diameter of the curve that you’ll be needing and cut out a triangular notch that’s the length of the diameter at the base of the triangle (on the edge of the tile) and half that length high. This is for a half-circle type of curve, which will be probably the most common curved cut you’ll need because every bathroom needs a toilet!
Next, either use a grade school style compass, or just find a round object about the size of your hole and trace out a circle that touches all three points of your triangle. A pot lid will probably work great! No kidding!
THEN you take your tile saw and cut straight notches from the edge of the tile up to your drawn-on curve. Like so!
Do the same on the other side too. And then get a hammer!
I know, right?! Ridiculously clever!!
Here’s the cut tile in place!
Doesn’t that look great?
Hope this little tip proves to be useful to you on your next bathroom renovation! I can’t think of too many other places that you would need to cut a big hole like this, but if you ever run into that problem in the future, you’ll be ready!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.