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.
Before. Painted white with a faux steel trim (contact paper!)
Removing the hardware and starting the wall prep. A good scrub and a sanding happened next.
Applying the mortar and getting the tiles on the wall!
We’re getting into the corners, time to trim the sheets to fit.
Only halfway done and I LOVE the way it looks already.
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