KITCHEN TILEWORK - 2003
Below: Alright, let's see if we can change this backsplash. As much as I love ceramic tile, this brown, textured brick stuff is offensive to me. I had half a box of leftover white gloss bath tile and I got the idea of whacking each one with a hammer and doing some kind of crazy mozaic. My daughter was more then happy to help with the hammer part.
Should I continue? Sure. Why not?
Hammer and chisel and it all falls down. I would have tiled right over it, but then all the electrical outlets would have to be moved forward. As much as I disliked the brown stuff, I haven't thrown it out. I think it was meant to be floor tile, and as a flooring material it sure beats painted concrete. Maybe I'll use it eventually.
Above: I used sanded Delorean Grey grout. I went with sanded because I am the Queen of Loose Joints and you can go up to 1/2" with sanded. It's very much like brick mortar. Delorean Grey dries several shades lighter. I just loved the name. John Delorean is one of my heroes. (Hey, he was desperate! He only wanted to save his dream..... And he's better than my husband's hero, John List, a local who murdered his entire family when he was unable to support them....should I be scared?)
Of course I ran short of tiles, but luckily Home Depot still stocks them: Snow White glossy, 14 cents apiece. I had to go back twice. I think I bought 40 or 50 altogether. Yes, I do know how to calculate area (L x W, right?), I just DON'T!
Below: I noticed HD also carries a matte finish Snow White, so I thought it might be fun to see if tile sticks to formica and do something a little more traditional (but only a little!). I have no idea how this will hold up. I'm pretty sure I'll have to caulk where the tile meets the stainless steel at some point, and the only thing holding up the edge tiles is mastic and the grace of God!
This is really fun! I put in some tiny blue tiles and frosted clear glass, and by the second section I got brave enough to take the tile cutter I bought 3 years ago out of its box - a $20 score and snap thing - works amazingly well, and even better when I realized it made more sense to score the tiles pushing away instead of pulling. Well, duh! No wonder the breaker foot kept jamming up!!
Don't you love it?? The total cost, including the gallon of "robin's egg blue" paint, and the $12 worth of tiny blue tiles was $70. Now I have to find some appropriate cabinet knobs. And then build a curved, tiled bar on the bare wall, and then paint some bar stools blue and white, and then.....I wonder if I'll finish before the kids trash it all!