DIY: Tile Back Splash Part One

I’ve been seeing white subway tiles on Pinterest, and in magazines for ages and I have always loved the clean fresh look of them. While I do rent the flat,  I figured this would be a nice inexpensive way to give the kitchen a little refreshing face lift. After getting the all clear from the landlord I took a trip to Home Depot with my roommate’s contractor girlfriend. (she’s a good person to know if you’re planning on doing a construction project) 🙂  Here’s a photo gallery of the back splash project.  In this episode we removed the hardware, in this case a shelf and electrical outlet cover, and prepped the wall. We sanded it down since it was a painted wall and made sure all the grease and oil that accumulates on kitchen walls was scrubbed off.  We used 12×12 inch sheets of pre-spaced tiles and started putting them up with the mortar.

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Before. Painted white with a faux steel trim (contact paper!)

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Removing the hardware and starting the wall prep. A good scrub and a sanding happened next.

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Applying the mortar and getting the tiles on the wall!

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We’re getting into the corners, time to trim the sheets to fit.

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Only halfway done and I LOVE the way it looks already.
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Added a grey glass decorative edging along the top that matches the dark grey counter top.

Now we let the mortar cure for a day. I’m waiting a couple of days because I’m a busy girl, but we may grout as soon as tonight. Not too shabby for $100!  I’m really pleased and I was surprised at how simple the process really was.  Stay tuned for the final product in the new year. -Marie

Aqua Addiction

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, I’m sure you have noticed my affinity for the color aqua. I really do love all colors, but aqua is a color that always makes me smile. Its bright, cheerful and happy.

My day job gives its employees a generous extra discount on merchandise this time of year. Do you remember the miracle of the Le Creuset pot a few years back? Last week I took advantage of it in a big way. Originally I had a white KitchenAid mixer because I wanted to buy one using my discount at work, but the color selection was really limited. White, black or grey. Yawn!  This spring, however, that changed! We had aqua (KitchenAid calls it Sky Blue)!  I quickly found a buyer for my white mixer, cause, ya know, I really can’t justify TWO mixers. lol  Then this happened… aqua_mixer2Isn’t she lovely? I’m a very happy girl. She matches the Le Creuset nicely, don’t you think? 🙂 I have happy little pops of the Caribbean in my kitchen. First up on deck today is a batch of Great Grandma Legault’s Banana Bread. I finally have enough black bananas in the freezer to do a batch justice. Then maybe another batch of Nigella’s Gingerbread? Its going to be a cheerful holiday baking season at the flat.  -Marie

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