3.25.2012

Saws, Squats, and Tile

In this house, we like to DIY a lot. It saves money people, and you get to learn a lot of sweet stuff like how to use saws. 
Then your husband will brag about you and tell others of your toughness while you stand to the side nonchalantly flexing your
muscles.


Anyways... in our house we have remodeled our first floor which includes :
-scraping off our popcorn ceilings (more like craters, very classy)
-painting all our wood-work white
-tiling the bathroom
-changing all outlets/switches to white
-installing all new lighting
-painting
-and installing, staining, and finishing hardwood floors


Recently, my mom came down and we spent the weekend backsplashing my kitchen.
I debated back and forth between going with penny tile or subway tile. White-Marble Subway won because I am all about timeless, simplicity. Subway tile never goes out, right? Please nod and agree. 


This is before...pretty standard and plain.
The opposite wall had no tile.
Getting it all off was so not fun, but I can work a crowbar pretty good now.
 Then we had to prep our wall...

Pink putty that turns white when it's dry. Cute and conventional. 
Okay, ready tile.

Safety first, duh.

 
 At last, we were ready to grout our masterpiece. At first, I got scared of the grout color because it was dark...but thankfully it dried lighter. 

When doing house projects, it is unnecessary to shower or groom oneself. Embrace the nasty.



And then we had our finished product. 





My picture taking skills aren't the best...but I love how it turned out. We eventually plan to get stainless steel appliances and put a range over the stove. Obviously we aren't totally done because the outlets aren't finished. Someday.

I always think the hardest part to a project is getting started, but man I'm in project mode now...next on our list: the basement.


Last but not least, we found when tiling your kitchen, it is best to put yourself in incredibly awkward and unattractive positions...then document with pictures. House beauty takes sacrifice. 
Enjoy...



Way to squat it out, Mom.

The best.


Excellent lunging technique



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