I literally spent 12 hours tiling yesterday and I’m done with the backsplash! I’m sore all over but am so glad to be finished. I took the hood down twice last week thinking I was ready to tile — I was overly excited to get it done. I sketched out several layout options and had you all cast your vote. I had made a decision on which pattern I wanted to do and I was raring to go! But then I remembered my plan to have some floating shelves on the wall and realized that I needed to put the hood back on the wall so I could get the shelf placement just right. I installed the cleats that the shelves will hang on and pulled the electrical through and THEN — I really was ready to tile.
But the thing is…with the hood AND the shelves on the wall, the wall is really broken up and I decided that I didn’t want to do any of the patterns I had drawn and went with a completely different option.
I taped off my cooktop in an effort to keep it somewhat clean and covered everything with towels to protect both the countertops and the tile in case I dropped one.
I had contemplated using a tile setting adhesive tape kind of product I saw at the home improvement center but didn’t feel confident about going that route so I stuck with the tried and true method. It’s messy but it works
And then I started installing my tile…
Surprised? Me too! I had every intention of doing the …basket weave pattern! But I changed my mind. I’ve changed my mind A LOT throughout this kitchen remodel and I don’t mind. It’s really fun to have complete control and the ability to change directions on a whim. Of course I put a lot of thought into it before I follow my whims before I follow them.
The tile I selected is a LARGE subway tile. It’s 4″x10″! So it’s BIG. I loved the idea of using a non standard size tile because I always want an element of “different” but I also always consider longevity. I don’t want my hard work looking dated before I even finish remodeling the house.
When all is said and done, there will be a lot going on (visually) in the kitchen so I don’t need any one element to be really complicated busy. So I ended up with a classic layout after all that planning and I’m really happy with it.
I have to wait a day to grout and thank heaven for that because I AM SORE! But there’s no rest for the weary because I have 10000000099 other things on my to-do list and I need to press on.
Forward and upward my peeps! Forward and upward!