Need new cabinets or back splashes? Before replacing what you have, see if you can fix them.
Cracked or chipped tiles are an eyesore, but they don't necessarily mean you need a whole new kitchen floor (or backsplash). A skilled tile setter can usually cut out the damaged ones, bed in replacements, and blend in new grout to make the repair undetectable.
A few cracked tiles can spoil the whole look.
Cost advantage: $200 to $600, vs. $1,000 to $2,500 for a new floor.
The catch: If you don't have any spares, you need to find new tiles that match the original's size and color.
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Last updated October 04 2010: 5:02 AM ET