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

1st New York Yarn Crawl

Marie and I set out with  a spring in our step and yarn buying on our minds. Did we crawl to all the stops? Were we thwarted by a higher authority? And did our ADHD get the better of us?

You can find out all the answers here.

Crawlin'

Crawlin'

The pretty shop front of Purl Soho

The pretty shop front of Purl Soho

New skeins, new ideas but will Florrie get knitting ADHA half way through?

New skeins, new ideas but will Florrie get knitting ADHA half way through?

Marie is seriously lusting after the 1st prize in the Purl Soho raffle,

Marie is seriously lusting after the 1st prize in the Purl Soho raffle,

Greetings from Seaport yarns

Greetings from Seaport yarns

A bag for all our goodies

A bag for all our goodies

Cute door handles....

Cute door handles....

Knitted door handle cosies

Knitted door handle cosies

Love the giant needles, shame shutters were down

Love the giant needles, shame shutters were down

OOOOHHH Muji love

OOOOHHH Muji love

Beauty lurks in around every corner

Beauty lurks in around every corner

Weary crawlers make their way home

Weary crawlers make their way home

What a beautiful colour pallette

What a beautiful colour pallette

Pretty plates from fishes eddy in FlorrieMarie colours

Pretty plates from fishes eddy in FlorrieMarie colours

What's in Marie's box of tricks?...

What's in Marie's box of tricks?...

Fabulous markers

Fabulous markers

But she'll never tell what's in the other

But she'll never tell what's in the other